The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel

Bk. 2. adapt. by Robert Venditti. illus. by Attila Futaki. 128p. (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series). Hyperion/Disney. 2013. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781423145295. LC 2011012356.
Gr 4–8—In this adaptation of Riordan's novel (Hyperion, 2006), Camp Half-Blood's borders have been poisoned, and Percy is off on a quest to find the healing Golden Fleece. The detailed, realistic art in full, rich color will appeal to fans of superhero comics: it is perfectly suited to the story's many action and fight scenes, none of which depict graphic violence. Fans of George O'Connor's "Olympians" series (First Second) may enjoy this similarly irreverent, action-packed view of Greek mythology. The text is succinct and witty, and there are many wordless scenes, including a few stunning pages in which Percy's friend Annabeth encounters the Sirens. Both high in quality and sure to be popular, this is a first purchase.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
In this fourth in Riordan's series pitting Roman and Greek demigods against an awakening goddess Gaea, Percy and Annabeth trek through Tartarus to escape through the Doors of Death, while their friends fight their way to the Doors' mortal side to rescue them. The wisecracking teens reveal emotional depths while overcoming monsters and personal obstacles in this high velocity continuation of the gripping franchise. Glos.
In this graphic-novel adaptation of The Sea of Monsters, Percy is again drawn into a supernatural adventure, full of danger and mystery. Readers will appreciate his humor and satirical attitude toward the gods and creatures he encounters. Whether picturing a school gymnasium, the streets of New York City, or the middle of the sea, Attila Futaki’s illustrations, colored by Tamas Gáspár, vividly bring Percy, his friends, and his enemies to life. Even those who have not read the Percy Jackson novels, or the first volume of graphic-novel adaptations, will be able to follow and enjoy this book. As he learns new secrets about his family and learns to rely more on his friends, Percy becomes a more mature, complex, and relatable character.

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