The Adventures of Hercules by Powell & Ruiz

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Title: The Adventures of Hercules by Martin Powell & José Alfonso Ocampo Ruiz


Hercules, the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, is plagued by Zeus’ wife, Hera.  In her jealousy, she robs him of his birthright, and tricks him into serving King Eurystheus by making him think he has committed a heinous crime.  Hercules has epic adventures, battling fearsome monsters and defending mankind.

My thoughts:

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this relatively short graphic novel about Hercules.  Certainly, it’s a simplified version of his life.  It doesn’t touch on his death at all, except in the beginning section where the author gives a general overview of his life.

This is an awesome book to introduce your child to the story of Hercules!  It’s a perfect story to tell in graphic novel form because it’s chock full of action.  In fact, that’s the main gist of the story–you see Hercules jump from one quest to another, usually slaying a monster or conquering some other beast.  There is a fair bit of violence, but it’s not terribly gruesome.  I’d say it’s appropriate for elementary-age kids.  I can see boys really getting into this book.  The artwork is quite impressive, too.

I recommend The Adventures of Hercules to kids who enjoy graphic novels, adventure stories and/or Roman mythology.

Possible Objections:

  • Lots of cartoon violence & some blood

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…