Review: The Lightning Thief (PJO Graphic Novels #1)

Review: The Lightning Thief (PJO Graphic Novels #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti
Series: PJO Graphic Novels #1
Released by Disney, Hyperion on 12 October 2010
Genres: Mythology
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781423117100
Source: Purchased

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Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson's textbooks and into his life. And worse, Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

When I was at Dutch Comic Con, there were a lot of stands selling comics and graphic novels. I was looking around at one of the stands when my eye fell onto the first Percy Jackson graphic novels. It was very rare to find the first one in a series, so I immediately took it with me. I had been wanting to try out these graphic novels for a while, so I was happy to find this one for half the original price!

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel follows the same storyline as the book, only simplified and with amazing drawings! We follow Percy on his journey to Camp Half Blood, and then onto his quest to find the lightning bolt that was stolen from Zeus a while ago. Of course, I already knew how the story went, but I hadn’t really remembered all the details. I think I’ve seen the movie more recently than the book, so I had the movie details in the back of my mind (and we all know the movie is really different from the book). Anyway, I enjoyed refreshing my memory with this graphic novel.

The art in this novel was amazing, and I really loved looking at all the pictures. Grover looked very different from the Grover I was used to (yes I pictured the movie version, sue me). And Annabeth and Percy looked exactly like I pictured them. While I still prefer the book, the pictures in this novel really added so much more deatil to the story, which is one of the reasons I love having graphic novels of all my favourite series (imagine the Harry Potter ones?!)


Like I said, the story was the same as the book, so I really have nothing to add about that. Perhaps they left out some of the smaller details, which is of course obvious – otherwise this novel would have been twice or maybe thrice its size. But it’s just really good for people who want to refresh their memory of the first couple of books, but don’t feel like rereading an entire series.

Unfortunately, the PJO graphic novels series has only three novels out, and no plans for a fourth or fifth one, which is such a shame, because I think I am not the only one who loves these! I really hope that maybe in the future they’ll decide to still make books four and five into graphic novels, maybe with different artists though. Please, Disney Hyperion, do this for me?!

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