Poseidon, Earth Shaker

Poseidon, Earth Shaker

Graphic Novel - 2013
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the fifth installment of the Olympians series of graphic novels, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood of the Greek gods, Poseidon: Earth Shaker . Thrill to such famous myths as Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and Polyphemos, and the founding of Athens--and learn how the tempestuous Poseidon became the King of the Seas.

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Publisher: New York : First Second, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596437388
Branch Call Number: J OCO v. 5
Characteristics: 76 p. : chiefly col. ill., geneal. table ; 26 cm

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ipopjc
Mar 26, 2018

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dnk
Feb 04, 2018

It is a testament to George O'Connor's talent that I was moved at all by his rendering of the story of Poseidon, god of the seas, as much as I was. Poseidon has always come off as haughty, moody and vengeful. I don't think I'm the only one that has found even Hades more sympathetic.

O'Connor's Poseidon remains moody and vengeful, but here he also gets the benefit, as it were, of tragedy. Poseidon senses that he's been cheated and (naturally) suspects Zeus. But it isn't until the end of the book that Poseidon understands what he really lost. A sibling is involved, but not the one he was worried about.

Poseidon, as he broods, turns to his admittedly "monstrous" offspring, particularly the cyclops Polyphemos and Theseus. Through Polyphemos we get our first glimpse at the Trojan War and some of Odysseus' story. While I don't condone cyclopes eating people, it's hard not to shake your head at Odysseus just a little bit.

The story of Theseus is even more complicated, starting with his birth. Who was his father- Aegeus of Athens or Poseidon the Olympian? O'Connor doesn't come right out and say it, but Theseus' ruthlessness- and the way his actions serve Poseidon's ends- should speak for themselves. Any extra sympathy you may have for Poseidon can easily be debited from Theseus- O'Connor doesn't pull any punches with that, ahem, hero.

But Poseidon is more than just his progeny. He spends much of his time brooding over his thwarted ambitions. Being god of 7/8ths of the earth isn't enough- what's an Olympian got to do in order to get a city? The book ends as Poseidon tries to assuage his wounded pride- then comes full circle to realize what he's really haunted by.

O'Connor the storyteller knows just how much to say for maximum effect, both to carry the story and give insight into the characters. It doesn't take him long to convey Odysseus' (and Athena's) arrogance, Theseus' ruthlessness or Ariadne's emotional conflict. O'Connor the illustrator is as vivid as ever but in this volume unusually jolting (not to give anything way, but the Polyphemos story is never gently rendered). His action sequences give a sense of the quick and desperate nature of the life and death combat he describes. The overall effect speaks to the brutal nature of the classical myths about Poseidon, the most unpredictable of all of the Olympians.

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

this is a graphic novel about greek mythology gods and goddess

Mark_Daly Aug 06, 2013

O'Connor ventures further into Greek myth with this portrait of Poseidon, one of the most powerful of the gods. One highlight is a callback to Zeus's battles in the first volume of the series -- a reminder that these myths really do all tie together.

Sidewinder88 Apr 21, 2013

O'Connor continues his Olympians series and it continues to be good. Although I didn't like the portrayal of Theseus in his myth, he acted very selfish and uncaring most of the time as opposed to how most legends described him. The art for the sea and the labyrinth was very good. And Poseidon is quite a mysterious character; questioning his role among the gods and resenting his brother Zeus but at the same time accepting his fate and believing his chosen power is fitting. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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ipopjc
Mar 26, 2018

ipopjc thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

This book is about poseidon it tells you about thesis and how poseidon got the title god of the sea and also tells you about the minotaur

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

Ariadne left with theseus & the athenians in true early morning light over the dark sea

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