The Lost Hero: The Graphic Novel

adapted by Robert Vendetti. illus. by Nate Powell. 192p. (The Heroes of Olympus: Bk. 1). Disney-Hyperion. 2014. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781423162797; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781423163251.
Gr 4–8—Riordan's ever-popular mythology series that resonates so strongly with reluctant readers and those who yearn for action-packed adventure now have the option to follow the story in graphic novel format. If the traditional narrative version of The Lost Hero (Disney-Hyperion, 2010) hit the ground running, it is nothing compared to what awaits readers in a sequential art format. It takes fewer than 10 pages for the story to start with a [quite literal] bang, and it relents very infrequently thereafter. Powell does an excellent job of adapting the original story into pictorial format, hitting all of the high points and representing all of the major details in the drawings, so little is lost. For those unfamiliar with Riordan's storytelling, they will receive a healthy introduction to his easy-to-follow story lines that teach with great accuracy the mythologies that students will undoubtedly learn in the classroom but with such fun and ease that it will hardly feel like school. Readers who are new to reading comic books will be no less entertained; there are a few pages here and there that may make following the panels in order a touch challenging, but they will catch on quickly. It goes without saying that this book will fly off the shelves; Riordan, of course, has a ready-made audience, but he always does a good job of welcoming new readers, so this one is a must for both school and public libraries.—Trina Bolfing, Westbank Libraries, Austin, TX
[=Color by]Lettering by Chris Dickey. Jason, Piper, and Leo leave Camp Half-Blood to rescue Hera from the giants draining her power in order to resurrect Porphyrion, king of the giants. Meanwhile, Jason's lost his memory and calls the gods by their Roman names. The graphic-novel treatment requires a lot of expository dialogue, but Riordan's wry humor shines through, aided by dynamic panel illustrations showing the demigods' comically expressive faces.

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