Rummanah Aasi
Description: Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities.

Review: O'Connor continues his Olympian graphic novel series with lots of action and the Greek deities are given superhero status. His latest entry focuses on Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. The narrative of this graphic novel is told through various perspectives ranging from Artemis's mother, brother, and her maidens and they all form a nuanced portrait of Artemis: formidable, quick-witted, occasionally cruel, yet always deeply devoted to the natural world and intensely protective of women and girls.At first I wasn't sure if I liked how the narration was formed but ultimately I was on board with it as it created drama and suspense in the story. Like the other graphic novels the images are eye appealing and dynamic. The images are dynamic, with the use of different perspectives creating drama and suspense. Artemis is drawn androgynously, highlighting her strength without sacrificing her feminity. The graphic novel explores popular myths such as Actaceon who was turned into a stag and eated by his own dogs as punished for leering at Artemis and her crew as they bathe in the water. There is also the inclusion of the haughty Orion who felt he could pressure Artemis to go against her vow of never being touched by a male and the trickery that befell of Atalanta (a story that never sit right with me). Blonde, blue-eyed Artemis is illustrated with cool tones, befitting her characterization.
 The graphic novel also contains source notes and O'Connor's own insightful and witty commentary. I like how O'Connor stays true to the original tales as much as people without dumbing it down for younger readers. In this installment there is particular attention to the strong female bonds throughout the graphic novel which I appreciated.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some suggested nudity but it is kept PG, some crude humor, and some strong violence. Recommended for Grade 4 readers and up.

If you like this book try: Percy Jackson and the Olympians graphic novel series by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti, Heroes of Olympus graphic novel series by Robert Venditti
1 Response
  1. This would have made a good companion book to one I just read. You know all you had to tell me this was based on a mythos and I would want to read it. Yep, all it takes. LOL I do think this one would be good for some littles I know. :)

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