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You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel. 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, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel. 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, he's angered a few of them. 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.


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You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel. 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, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel. 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, he's angered a few of them. 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.

30 review for The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    So yes I have already read this but I wanted to see how it'd translate to comic! Because surely it can't be a worse adaption than the movie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And like I really enjoyed it and seeing the art, also some of Percy's expressions were super adorable. But overall he looked so old?! They're calling them 12 but they looked 18 or something agh. And the art overall didn't explode my world into pretty fireworks, buuuut...I like pictures. More books should have pictures. More books should have graphi So yes I have already read this but I wanted to see how it'd translate to comic! Because surely it can't be a worse adaption than the movie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And like I really enjoyed it and seeing the art, also some of Percy's expressions were super adorable. But overall he looked so old?! They're calling them 12 but they looked 18 or something agh. And the art overall didn't explode my world into pretty fireworks, buuuut...I like pictures. More books should have pictures. More books should have graphic novel options?! So I'm glad I read this and it's inspired a craving to reread all the PJ books! (Also they do condense a lot of scenes from the original, but as far as I remember...it seems to be pretty faithful!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    2020 Oops. Read this one 10 years ago and forgot. This time around, I feel about the same way. It's decent but the art is kind of lacking. Original Review: 2010 My 10 year old thought it was kind of cool, but he wasn't super excited about it. It stuck pretty close to the book, but it felt kind of choppy. Not a bad choice for a reluctant reader, though. 2020 Oops. Read this one 10 years ago and forgot. This time around, I feel about the same way. It's decent but the art is kind of lacking. Original Review: 2010 My 10 year old thought it was kind of cool, but he wasn't super excited about it. It stuck pretty close to the book, but it felt kind of choppy. Not a bad choice for a reluctant reader, though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    two minutes before I finished this book I got an email telling me my hold on the second one was available and if that isn’t a direct sign from god to keep reading I don’t know what it is

  4. 5 out of 5

    K. Elizabeth

    A fun read, but I think I officially need to take a break from graphic novels. They're becoming a little boring to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    1st buddy read in our binge week with the loser who cant decide on a book to read Mark of Athena spoiler (view spoiler)[ percy and annabeth didn't fall into tartarus to be drawn this ugly (hide spoiler)] uhhhhhh so like it was a pretty good adaptation from the books in the sense that the main elements were there (aside from medusa) and the graphics were pretty good but why the heck are percy and annabeth so UGLY ???!!??? boi have you SEEN fanart ?!! THAT'S how they should be drawn ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ (s) b 1st buddy read in our binge week with the loser who cant decide on a book to read Mark of Athena spoiler (view spoiler)[ percy and annabeth didn't fall into tartarus to be drawn this ugly (hide spoiler)] uhhhhhh so like it was a pretty good adaptation from the books in the sense that the main elements were there (aside from medusa) and the graphics were pretty good but why the heck are percy and annabeth so UGLY ???!!??? boi have you SEEN fanart ?!! THAT'S how they should be drawn ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ (s) but hey, i read it in 15 minutes and it was nostalgic okay

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    1.5 stars. The truth about graphic novels is that they are almost always bad entirely carried by the illustrations. That's just how it is. So when you have illustrations that are, to be frank, rather bad and the characters do NOT look like how anyone, except apparently Attila, envisioned them, it all amounts to a poor graphic adaptation that doesn't hold a candle, nor even a crappy busted Bic lighter, to the original series. You don't gain anything except a minor headache from reading this. I mea 1.5 stars. The truth about graphic novels is that they are almost always bad entirely carried by the illustrations. That's just how it is. So when you have illustrations that are, to be frank, rather bad and the characters do NOT look like how anyone, except apparently Attila, envisioned them, it all amounts to a poor graphic adaptation that doesn't hold a candle, nor even a crappy busted Bic lighter, to the original series. You don't gain anything except a minor headache from reading this. I mean, honestly. Someone should have let Viria draw the illustrations: Ah, much better. At least her Percy and Annabeth look like they have a personality.

  7. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Meh. I love the actual novel but this was a really poor interpretation of it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helen 2.0

    I suppose the artist/writer wanted to keep this graphic novel as brief as possible, but in the process he/she completely omitted a number of important plot points from the Lightning Thief novel. I would have been thoroughly disappointed in the story had I not read the written version a long time ago.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim Ef

    image: I haven’t read the book but I guess that is better than this. Percy is a normal teenager or at least that’s what he thinks. One day a crazy thing happens at school and Percy will find out that he is actually the son of Poseidon, god of sea. A war between Poseidon and Zeus is going to start in couple of weeks and all because of a misunderstanding. Of course the one who can end this before our world ends is Percy. So the story doesn’t seem so bad right? The problem was that I didn’t care abo image: I haven’t read the book but I guess that is better than this. Percy is a normal teenager or at least that’s what he thinks. One day a crazy thing happens at school and Percy will find out that he is actually the son of Poseidon, god of sea. A war between Poseidon and Zeus is going to start in couple of weeks and all because of a misunderstanding. Of course the one who can end this before our world ends is Percy. So the story doesn’t seem so bad right? The problem was that I didn’t care about the characters and the art also is kind of… meh ok. 2,5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I felt like it didn't portray Percy as well as the book did, he wasn't as funny in the graphic and I felt that the story didn't flow very well because of key parts that were missing. However I really liked the art and it was easy to follow.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    Just read the books. They aren't my 100% favorite either, even though I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. This was just... not well adapted in my opinion. Just read the books. They aren't my 100% favorite either, even though I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. This was just... not well adapted in my opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stepheny

    So on Christmas eve my two best friends and I exchanged gifts at work. Lindsay bought Andrea the first three graphic novels of the Percy Jackson series. Now, I had NO idea up to this point that these were a thing. Then when Lindsay and I opened our gifts from Andrea we realized she bought them for us! Can’t tell we spend a lot of time together!!! We all read and loved the Percy Jackson series. It was something we shared together. The three of us read all the time and typically if one of us raves So on Christmas eve my two best friends and I exchanged gifts at work. Lindsay bought Andrea the first three graphic novels of the Percy Jackson series. Now, I had NO idea up to this point that these were a thing. Then when Lindsay and I opened our gifts from Andrea we realized she bought them for us! Can’t tell we spend a lot of time together!!! We all read and loved the Percy Jackson series. It was something we shared together. The three of us read all the time and typically if one of us raves over something we all end up reading it. Our tastes are almost identical and honestly- is there anything better than talking books with friends?! No. There is not. I flew through this book. It was a quick read and a really neat interpretation. What I really enjoyed the most was that all of the darker elements of the PJ series are brought to light. Yes, it’s a children's series, I know. But guess what- the world isn't sunshine and rainbows. I love when “children’s books” show the harsher truth and reality of the world…even if it is done through a fantasy based theme. I loved the artwork and thought they did a great job bringing the story to life. The characters looked how I pictured them and looked age-appropriate. This was a much better representation than the movie. Don’t even get me started. I can’t wait for Andrea to finish the other two so I can borrow them!! ;)

  13. 4 out of 5

    prag ♻

    oooo boy it's time graphic novels and i part ways never do i want to see one again i never thought i would ever give a rick riordan book less than three stars but i'm going to assume he knows nothing about this because iT'S SOMEHOW WORSE THAN THE MOVIE TOO - the lightning bolt looks like a fucking spindle - luke? who's luke - half the plot is lying in a ditch somewhere - not to diss anybody's drawing i mean i couldn't draw a candle to save a life,, but - WHY THE FUCK DO ALL THE CHARACTERS LOOK LIKE U oooo boy it's time graphic novels and i part ways never do i want to see one again i never thought i would ever give a rick riordan book less than three stars but i'm going to assume he knows nothing about this because iT'S SOMEHOW WORSE THAN THE MOVIE TOO - the lightning bolt looks like a fucking spindle - luke? who's luke - half the plot is lying in a ditch somewhere - not to diss anybody's drawing i mean i couldn't draw a candle to save a life,, but - WHY THE FUCK DO ALL THE CHARACTERS LOOK LIKE UGLY DISPROPORTIONATE BARBIES - I'M SORRY I CAN'T - the dialogue is also taken randomly from the book idk man - who allowed this to exist buddy read #1 with "the only person i don't leave on read" aka the fake percy jackson fan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    This was a really fun and fast read, which I really liked. But what I didn't like is lack of Percy's humour, and most characters looked so different than as I imagined them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joey T

    Mehhhh This has been my first shot at Perch Jackson! And it wasn’t great obviously. I mean, it could’ve been worse but there didn’t really seem to be a consistent flow to the story and it was all decently random. I always had an interest in mythology but this just sooooo fell short of my expectations. I mean, also all the weird demon creature stuff was a little bit of a turn off for me. Especially when they went into the underworld. Content: Basically appropriate. A few swears. One or two shots de Mehhhh This has been my first shot at Perch Jackson! And it wasn’t great obviously. I mean, it could’ve been worse but there didn’t really seem to be a consistent flow to the story and it was all decently random. I always had an interest in mythology but this just sooooo fell short of my expectations. I mean, also all the weird demon creature stuff was a little bit of a turn off for me. Especially when they went into the underworld. Content: Basically appropriate. A few swears. One or two shots depict slight immodesty (a crop top in one, maybe very slight cleavage in a few others). But basically totally clean. Will I read the next one? *hesitates even tho he knows he already has a hold for it aheeem* probably lol Happy reading guys!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luupi "The Reading Queen"

    RTC -------------------------- This graphic novel is incredible, I love the art and how easy it is to read. I only had to spend like maybe an hour and a half to finish it. However, that might be because I just love this series :D I'm soo sad that in my country only the first and second one arrived, all the other ones (if they exist) probably won't come :/ I guess I'll have to try and find them online because they truly are gorgeous

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)

    I hate this adaptation. I hate this book. I hate this adaptation. I hate this book. I hate this adaptation. I hate this book. Now repeat that a 100 times and you'll get how I feel. . . This graphic novel did not do justice to the book. They changed the story, it was too short, and the art wasn't good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicky N.

    Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 - A book based on mythology. It is based on Greek Mythology. 1/52 Percy Jackson thinks he's a normal 12 year old who has dyslexia and ADHD until he gets attacked by a teacher on a school trip and finds out he is the son of a god. He travels to a camp filled with other demigods(sons of a god and a human) where he gets sent on a quest for Zeus' stolen lightning bolt. So begins Percy Jackson's journey fighting angry gods and all kinds of mythical creatures. Percy Jack Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 - A book based on mythology. It is based on Greek Mythology. 1/52 Percy Jackson thinks he's a normal 12 year old who has dyslexia and ADHD until he gets attacked by a teacher on a school trip and finds out he is the son of a god. He travels to a camp filled with other demigods(sons of a god and a human) where he gets sent on a quest for Zeus' stolen lightning bolt. So begins Percy Jackson's journey fighting angry gods and all kinds of mythical creatures. Percy Jackson is one of those stories that stick with you and you can pick at any moment and you'll have fun reading. It is the perfect story to get a kid into reading and falling in love with books. They are filled with monsters, adventure and the perfect amount of comedy. And in comic form is no different. It is a shorten version of the book, but it is fun and lighthearted and will make you have a good time. Obviously it will never beat the book, but it is a good addition to the world and for those hardcore fans who can't get enough of Camp Half-Blood.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yoda

    I really liked it, but I would recommend reading as normal book instead of graphic novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raoufa Ibrahim

    It's not as the same quality as the second one.. the drawing was very simple, no much details and the story missed a lot of things .. I read the book a six months ago and I forgot things so while reading the graphic novel some parts were confusing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Having read the entire series as a whole years ago, I already knew what I was getting into beofre starting this graphic novel version of the story. And even though it is obvious going into the story that you won't be getting the completely story, the beautiful illustrations more than made up for the lack of info. Beautifully drawn and a whole lot of fun. I would say my first foray into the graphic novel world was a huge success and now I want more. I will definitely be continuing the series (agai Having read the entire series as a whole years ago, I already knew what I was getting into beofre starting this graphic novel version of the story. And even though it is obvious going into the story that you won't be getting the completely story, the beautiful illustrations more than made up for the lack of info. Beautifully drawn and a whole lot of fun. I would say my first foray into the graphic novel world was a huge success and now I want more. I will definitely be continuing the series (again) through these novels. So much fun!

  22. 4 out of 5

    nova ryder ☼

    well that was disappointing. i feel like giving this three stars was a stretch. everything was so rushed. ugh. i’m upset

  23. 5 out of 5

    isabelle

    Let me admit that although I have little to no experience in graphic novels, I am a minor art geek. I draw in my free time when I'm not in a mood to pick up a book. I look at art like a predator looks at its prey. Calculating. Judging. And as I looked upon the art in this graphic novel I almost instantly cringed. Our cast did not look like twelve year olds. Their faces changed from time to time and I had to pause to figure if it was the same person. And don't even get me started on Annabeth's cl Let me admit that although I have little to no experience in graphic novels, I am a minor art geek. I draw in my free time when I'm not in a mood to pick up a book. I look at art like a predator looks at its prey. Calculating. Judging. And as I looked upon the art in this graphic novel I almost instantly cringed. Our cast did not look like twelve year olds. Their faces changed from time to time and I had to pause to figure if it was the same person. And don't even get me started on Annabeth's cleavage. It didn't maintain the same awesomeness as the real book. Frowny faces. The storyline was the same with a few missing holes here and there. The book itself obviously has more details and you can't fit everything into a graphic novel. But what you can do is try to make the story flow smoothly and eloquently. More frowny faces. Do I recommend? Nope. To put this lightly, it's sort of a waste of time. But what I would want to shove in your face is the actual novel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I wanted to read these graphic novels before starting the Heroes of Olympus series and I’m glad I did! There were a few details that I had forgotten. However, there are some details that I do remember that they had left out. While I thought that was a little strange, overall I enjoyed this quick and easy way of remembering the beginning of Percy and co. adventures before starting a new chapter!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yuriyurika

    Come on...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    I really love Percy Jackson and I really enjoy graphic novels, so I'd thought this would be an easy, nostalgic 5-star read for me! It's also been a crazy long time since I've read the original series as well, so I thought the distance would mean I wouldn't be comparing the two too much. In the end... I think the graphic novel lost a lot of the charm I loved from Riordan's books (namely the humor, tbh), and I don't know if I'll be reading the rest of these... I get that graphic novels can often fe I really love Percy Jackson and I really enjoy graphic novels, so I'd thought this would be an easy, nostalgic 5-star read for me! It's also been a crazy long time since I've read the original series as well, so I thought the distance would mean I wouldn't be comparing the two too much. In the end... I think the graphic novel lost a lot of the charm I loved from Riordan's books (namely the humor, tbh), and I don't know if I'll be reading the rest of these... I get that graphic novels can often feel a lot more rushed than the books they're based on, and this is definitely true here. However, I did expect that going in since the series was adapted 1 to 1, instead of multiple volumes per book (like with the Maximum Ride manga), so I didn't necessarily feel this hindered my experience too much. Yea, explanations were a lot faster and there was almost no build up between anything (kinda just a bunch of action scenes tied together), but I didn't necessarily need all the exposition to enjoy the book because I had read the series already, I knew the characters already. (I do think that first time readers should start with the books though, this graphic novel is way more plot than character background/development, and I feel like you miss out on a lot). My biggest issue was the lack of humor though. Part of this comes from the style of the comic itself, it's a serious style of art and that definitely affects the tone of what you read. But beyond that, there just wasn't any of the jokes that Riordan is known for. I missed the wacky chapter headings (one of my favorite things as a kid), the character's barely joked around with each other, and overall the entire adventure just felt way too serious. It's honestly as if it was supposed to be aged up to YA or something and in order to make it feel 'older', they cut all the jokes. It made the characters feel more like shadows of themselves, and I didn't end up liking the dynamic they had together at all in the end. I probably won't be continuing the graphic novels, but I definitely want to reread the actual books even more now!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miss Book

    Ah. Disappointment. This was super quick read, but I really didn't like it. I knew going into this that it was different from the book, but I was just very disappointed. The characters were very different than I imagined them. The art style was not the best. It was not that funny. And it generally took away the feel of the book, which I couldn't stand. If you're a fan of the series, you might be interested in reading this, but, personally, I didn't like it at all.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    3.5* This was a simple and fast read. I didn't particulary like the art work, they could have done something so much better, especially for the Underworld part. Some parts had beautiful colors but the art itself didn't appeal that much to me. Really liked getting back to our first encounter with Percy though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniella (Reading With Daniella)

    Click here to see this review and others on my blog Reading With Daniella This was a rather terrible adaptation of a fantastic novel. One of the many things that I adore about the Percy Jackson series is it’s comedy and light-hearted vibe that it has. The art style took the humor and fun out of the story. It was dark and moody, which is nothing like the feel of the original book. It’s sad that there is a boatload of Percy Jackson fanart out there that is a thousand times better than this. I’m sorr Click here to see this review and others on my blog Reading With Daniella This was a rather terrible adaptation of a fantastic novel. One of the many things that I adore about the Percy Jackson series is it’s comedy and light-hearted vibe that it has. The art style took the humor and fun out of the story. It was dark and moody, which is nothing like the feel of the original book. It’s sad that there is a boatload of Percy Jackson fanart out there that is a thousand times better than this. I’m sorry but THIS is supposed to be Annabeth? Yikes. The story was shortened quite a bit, which resulted in a lot of important scenes and aspects being deleted. The Lotus Hotel is one of the coolest parts of the first Percy Jackson book in my opinion. This graphic novel totally destroyed it. The scene was super quick and boring. I was really looking forward to experiencing The Lotus Hotel in this format, but I was left sorely disappointed. Also, Medusa was not in the story at all, which is so disappointing because that is also a really interesting part. If you’re interested in the story, you’ll really be missing out if you decide to read this instead of the original full-length novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    "Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god." This review is for Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel, which has been adapted by Robert Vendetti from Rick Riordan's novel, the first in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. The art work is by Attila Futaki and Jose Villarrubia. The advertising blurb says, "Percy Jackson, half boy, half god, all hero." It certainly sounded exciting. In fact though, it is rather a disappointing read "Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god." This review is for Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel, which has been adapted by Robert Vendetti from Rick Riordan's novel, the first in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. The art work is by Attila Futaki and Jose Villarrubia. The advertising blurb says, "Percy Jackson, half boy, half god, all hero." It certainly sounded exciting. In fact though, it is rather a disappointing read. The premise is that twelve-year-old Percy is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. He lives with his natural mother, and her partner, who is a classic layabout thug. The action starts in a museum, where an apparently paraplegic teacher is lecturing the class about the Greek gods. Soon however, supernatural events start to happen, and Percy is sent to a summer camp for "halfbloods" or demigods like himself. There he is given a unique quest, which only he can perform, to retrieve Zeus's missing lightning bolt from Hades. He chooses two friends, predictably one male and one spunky female, to prevent an imminent war between the gods, Zeus and Poseidon. Not having read the original novel, and having given up on the film, perhaps I was expecting too much from this graphic novel. It may be that if you are already an enthusiast for the series, this reminder may be an enjoyable read. But the illustrations were sketchily drawn, and the colouring not particularly original or interesting. So the story seemed too formulaic for my taste, and the illustrations, which I had hoped would carry it along, just didn't. Even the print seemed rather small for this type of work, and difficult to read, sometimes being the reverse of the convention, such as white type on a green background. There are a lot of action sequences, many of which are very violent, but since the reader has not had the opportunity to engage with any of the supernatural creatures, there is no build-up and just as Greek figures and legends are name-dropped into the mix, it all seems rather haphazard and random. Fights do not seem to be very exciting or suspenseful. At one point one of the three main characters actually says, "Deux ex machina anyone?" and at that point I admit I did have a little chuckle. But in the main, the "flip" element, where everything is played for laughs, or with a knowing air, leaves me cold. All the hallmarks of a typical teenage read are here. Problems at school, in this case dyslexia, a home life which could be just perfect - if only... There is one "good" parent, and one "bad". There are "monsters" whom only our hero can defeat. There is a baddie, who turns out to be trustworthy after all - and a "friend" who is revealed to be the exact opposite. There is an unusual girl, clearly destined to be a possible romantic interest for our hero. It could have been so much better. And there may be much that has been missed out of Rick Riordan's novel, as it is possible to read this graphic novel in about an hour. So perhaps that would be a good read. There are some great stories in the Greek myths, and a new take on them is certainly an attractive idea. Possibly the original novel is exciting and has more appeal. This, however, does not.

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