Reviewing graphic novels from the perspective of a 14-year-old.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Ares Bringer of War
Ares Bringer of War is the seventh book in a series about the Greek gods by George O'Connor. It follows the gods as they watch the events of the Trojan war. I
have to admit, the book started off a little slow. There was way too much
narration, which I am not a fan of. The narrator started off explaining the
difference between Ares and Athena, both Greek gods of
war. Then he talked about what it's like when a soldier is possessed by
Ares in the heat of battle. One thing I did like about this beginning is the
depiction of the ancient Greek battles, and Ares fighting in the middle of it all.
to pick up for me once the prologue was finished. There was a lot less explaining who
Ares was and a lot more showing what was happening to Ares. I like that.
My favorite scene in the
book is when Athena blesses King Argo with divine strength. During King Argo's
godly rampage, Aphrodite reaches down from the heavens to save one of her
demigod children from King Argo's wrath, but he stabs her through the arm and
continues with his bloody work. I like this scene because it is the first time
in the series that we learn that the gods can be wounded by mortals. It makes
them more relatable.
The art in this is one of
my favorite things about the book. The characters are beautiful and the
landscapes are epic in proportion. The noses of the characters are very
specifically drawn. I have never seen noses drawn the way they are in this
book. They look like upside down shields.
I personally think that Ares Bringer of War is pretty PG. The
violence is not very bloody, there are no sexual innuendos, and the language is
clean as a whistle. I would definitely recommend that you read Ares
Bringer of War if you happen to find it
in your local bookstore. If you find the other Olympians books, you should get them as wellI would give Ares Bringer of
War 6 vicious hoplites out of ten.
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