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There's only one thing Zeus the king of the Gods is afraid of It isn't the many headed Hydra or the towering Gigantes It isn't his powerful jealous brother Poseidon the god of the seas Monsters gods Titans—none of them make the mighty Zeus blink an eyeThe only thing Zeus fears is his wife Hera Goddess of the air the sky and the heavens patroness of the cunning Jason and scourge of the mighty Heracles Hera rivals Zeus in power—and surpasses him in wrath

10 thoughts on “Hera: The Goddess and her Glory

  1. says:

    Wow This was great I admit to not being a fan of Hera's I have always seen her as cruel and I didn't understand why she was so popular George gives a new little take on Hera and he softened her for me The book actually ended up being about the 12 labors of Heracles than Hera but there is enough Hera in here to really give a picture of her There are still stories I didn't knowThe courtship of Hera and Zeus is told I love that Hera is really the only person that Zeus is afraid of in the world I liked the wedding of the two gods It was a great love story and sadly Zeus is a cad an unfaithful lover Hera and Heracles have uite a story together She puts people through the ringer Still in the end she ended up giving her daughter Hebe to Heracles to wed so she could not have hated him even if she put him through hell We learn how the milky way was formed all thanks to Hera That is some star system out there It's really milky like breastmilk milky I love the ending where he talks about a story that only women know The men did not think to ask the women and write down their stories How interesting Once a year Hera leaves Olympus and Zeus and goes to the river in moonlight to reclaim her maiden hood for one night I would love to read stories of these women's stories I bet they are fantastic and she a lot light on the gods This was excellent and I learned so much and even changed my opinion about Hera from this work Pretty good

  2. says:

    Aw phooey Phooey and also consarn it George O'Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing Generally speaking when I review the first book in a series I see no need to go about reviewing the rest of the books I mean once you've covered the first you can kick back and assume the rest right? Plus with all the great new books coming out every single day there's hardly any reason to go about wasting time on a seuel That's where O'Connor throws me for a loop I reviewed the first book in his Olympians graphic novel series Zeus King of the Gods last year That should have been enough and certainly while I enjoyed the second book in the series Athena I didn't feel it was uite as strong as the first Slap your hands together you're done then I had to go and read Hera Aw man Not only is it great I'd argue that it's the strongest book in the series so far And considering how fond I was of Zeus that's saying something So now I'm stuck reviewing Hera as well O'Connor says that Hera is his favorite Olympian The crazy thing is by the time you're done reading this book she's kind of your favorite tooWe all know she's the wife of Zeus but there are things about the goddess Hera you might not expect Sure she's inclined to destroy the lovers and children of her husband's philandering but she's just as likely to turn around again and feed his starving son by another woman She'll send a guy like Heracles on twelve impossible missions without cease yet in doing so she'll be responsible for his fame and glory This is the story of Heracles and Hera his namesake and the strange relationship the two were drawn into Our muses aren't always the people who do us good Sometimes they're the people who challenge usThe thing about Hera is that she has personality A personality that when displayed in any other work can be summed up in one word shrew O'Connor says in his Author's Note that amongst his friends he would jokingly refer to this book as the Hera Reclamation Project Jealous wives make for ideal two dimensional villains To give a character like Hera any depth at all O'Connor has the unenviable job of making his muse savvy from the get go So he does This Hera's no fool and walks into her marriage with Zeus with her eyes wide open She's not the only character here granted a little personality mind you Heracles too becomes than just a good looking bodybuilder The first myth we encounter him in he must choose between an easy path and a hard one Kids who reread this passage will later come to understand that it is Hera who gives him this choice ultimately granting him immortality in the endO'Connor's real strength isn't necessarily his art which don't get me wrong is perfectly nice but rather his ability to take a variety of seemingly disparate myths and weave them together into a cohesive whole With Hera O'Connor goes even farther than that To make the book work he becomes an editor of sorts He finds the Hera myths weighs them and determines which ones will support his theme Ultimately O'Connor decided to examine the relationship between Hera and Heracles to find out the nature of their relationship In doing so he rescues obscure myths like the fact that Hera breastfed Heracles as an infant thereby leading to the creation of the Milky Way He excises the story of Heracles murdering his own family a story which strangely enough shows up in the far cartoonish Green myth graphic novel Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders because it doesn't fit with the book's storyline He even locates lesser known myths told by the women of Greece rather than the men and in doing so gives Hera her place in the worldYou don't have to have read the other books in the Olympians series to understand what is going on here Sure scenes from previous books do appear in the background but if you know your myths they'll be evident to you And if you don't know your myths the book still reads as smooth as silk I got through the whole thing before I remembered that O'Connor likes to include a collection of footnotes at the end of each book explaining the many tiny details So it is that you can learn that the statue of Hera on the mast of the Argonauts' ship is a nod to the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts Or that the reason Hera laughs inexplicably in one panel is because she knows something that will occur at the end of the book These notes are a lot of fun far so than the usual footnote affairs found in most books for kidsPeople have always been fascinated with the Greek gods in part because they're just as human as we are They have their faults their lusts their mistakes and their gross failings Hera is interesting because her fault is finding fault in the wrong people Rather than punish Zeus for his philandering she punishes the innocent victims of his attention Yet under O'Connor's hand she also has an undeniable charisma You suddenly understand what Zeus saw in her because you see it too It's one thing to write a myth book about a character and humanize them It's another thing entirely to redeem themFor ages 9 12

  3. says:

    I got really excited about this book when I read Elizabeth Bird's glowing review After reading it I'm reserving high praise because although this book is a respectful and enlightening look at Hera it's not uite what I thought it would beHera is often portrayed as a real witch because she is freuently persecuting her husband's lovers and illegitimate children There's some of that happening in this book but Zeus totally earns her wrath through his immature and irritating behavior We also get to see a side of Hera that shows her cunning her strength and her subtle manipulation of the resources available to her to get what she wants It's an updated look at the goddess that casts a feminist light on Greek mythology I especially appreciated that O'Connor acknowledges in the text that women's stories were not recorded or honored as much as the stories of men However there is a huge flaw This is supposed to be the story of Hera right? Sowhy is the majority of the book about Heracles and his labors? Yes I understand that Hera was a key player in Heracles's story but I wanted to read the story of a powerful woman and instead I was reading the story of the powerful woman behind the powerful man I found this deeply unsatisfying especially since O'Connor called this book his Hera Reclamation Project This is not a bad book by any means It probably deserves stars than I am giving it It would be a great choice for a young reader who wants an updated take on the Greek pantheon But through my feminist lens this book didn't live up to its promises

  4. says:

    Even though this is a graphic novel you still need a deep thinking and a background knowledge of Mythology Before I only read the Athena but not the other Gods and Goddesses I like how George O'Connor has a series so the books connect to each other For example in every book there are other Gods and Goddesses so George O'Connor made other books about those Gods and Goddesses too for people to have some knowledge about those Gods and Goddesses I really enjoy the Olympians series I am looking forward to reading other George O'Connor books this year

  5. says:

    Not uite as sunny as the cover I love my first introduction to many of the characters Fun mythology

  6. says:

    The third book in George O'Connor's excellent series of graphic novels retelling the Greek myths Definitely aimed at younger readers much of the sex and violence of the original stories is watered down but since the story of Hera and her never faithful husband Zeus is pretty much an endless series of adulterous affairs and Hera smiting the poor women Zeus seduced I expect even younger readers will read between the lines Yes Zeus was totally banging a cow Okay he wasn't banging a cow He was banging a nymph who he turned into a cow to hide her from Hera Poor Io Not that Zeus wouldn't bang a cowThe artwork here is delightful and so is O'Connor's storytelling He stays faithful to the original myths and has really done his research even including very obscure details known only to serious students of mythology but he writes modern dialog for the gods and goddesses making this a fun read even for those who are thoroughly familiar with the storiesHera always gets a bit of a bad rap in the Greek myths She's usually portrayed as jealous shrill petty and vengeful relentlessly persecuting all the mortals nymphs and goddesses Zeus seduced Obviously a lot of this is misplaced fury since she can't actually do anything to Zeus himself except yell at him Zeus in the manner of cheating husbands since time immemorial loves his wife just enough that he does fear her rage so he keeps doing stupid things to hide his affairs from her like turning his lover into a cow but never enough to keep it in his toga In this version Hera is definitely the jealous vengeful often cruel goddess of the myths and yet O'Connor also makes her sympathetic as her interactions with Zeus really bring out the fact that she loves her husband no matter how faithless he is and while she might be a bit vain and self centered she's earned her respect She is a woman of integrity who knows her self worth the one thing she won't ever do no matter how justified she might be is cheat herself She is the Goddess of MarriageAbout half the book is actually about Heracles and his Twelve Labors The reason for this is that of course Heracles was the child of Zeus whom Hera most hated so we see Hera's meddling in all his adventures But O'Connor hints at some subtler motivations Heracles after all means Glory of Hera that makes Hera much less of a villainess who's just persecuting a child for being unfortunate enough to be her husband's bastardI liked it though it seems unfair to Hera that half her book is really about Heracles I would have liked to see stories of Hera herself But this remains a highly recommended series for young and old alike

  7. says:

    Originally posted CSILibrarianWow I am just blown away by this graphic novel It is definitely one of my favorite books of 2011Everything was perfection from the writing the art the flow of events and the insight into Hera Zeus and Hercules It would be impossible not to notice how much George O'Connor cares about these myths and these gods especially Hera The love all but oozes off of every page and his storytelling is just as skillful as it was in the first two books of his Olympian series if not so There is so much humor heart and emotion in this graphic novel that I will be buying myself a copy of it as soon as possibleIn conclusion decidedly glorious This graphic novel is a beautiful well crafted and moving homage to a goddess that I've honestly never been all that crazy about Now that I've spent time with Hera I think it is safe to say that I love her and feel bad that I've judged her so harshly over the years So really if you want something truly awesome to read pick this up And needless to say I await the release of Hades Lord of the Dead in January with baited breathPS I would strongly urge other readers to take a look at the Author's Notes as well as the little notes O'Connor gives on certain panels at the end of the book They're a lot of fun to read over and I love that he took the time to explain why he altered certain details for the sake of telling a great story

  8. says:

    Again these books are well done but I feel like my adult sensibilities are interfering with my ability to enjoy these stories It's a lot easier to see heroes and gods in a positive light when your views are black and white But these are some despicable and petty godsAt least the retelling of Heracle's story was good I like spelling Greek words with a k myselfThe author notes and commentary in the back are good stuff I appreciate the extra insight and extra effort the author puts into these books

  9. says:

    Hera is a goddess that wants all her promises kept I felt bad for her when Zeus didn't keep his promise I loved how she keep her promise But she does have a way of doing things to Zeus' other wives

  10. says:

    listen everything Hera does is Iconic