Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (Olympians) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"Hermes is the god of peacemakers, astronomy, calendars, and writing. He is also the god of thieves and liars, language, and politicians. He has many other categories that he is the god of, but he is most known for being a trickster. Hermes: Tales of the Trickster is a graphic novel depicting many of his exploits. O’Connor continues his Olympians series with this tenth volume. The graphics and format are the same as the other books, but since each book is about a different Olympian, readers do not need to read them in any particular order. These stories of Hermes are quickly devoured and will please most readers of mythology and/or graphic novels. " said.

"As they are published, I will read all the books in this series and each provides a varying degree of enjoyment. As a trickster god, Hermes is a crowd favourite. I think to pull off the stunts he has in mythology he would need to be a charming, capable character and there are glimpses of this in this graphic novel imagining of the Olympian. But, as with the others, I wish that the myths covered in the book were some of the lesser known myths. These books provide a perfect vehicle to tell more and they don't, so there is a lost opportunity. But, it you enjoy Greek mythology, you will enjoy this series. My students certainly appreciate them as enjoyable to read and credible sources of info for projects. " said.

"Copyright: 2018
Number of Pages:
Book Format: Hardcover
Reading Level: Grades 4-9
Genre: Mythology
Lit requirement: graphic novel #2

This book holds most of the myths about Hermes, Greek god of travelers, tricksters, thieves, fables, Merchants, hospitality bringer to the underworld, gambling, flocks and herds, peacemakers, astronomy, writing and politicians. The myths are told to Argus of a white bull by a traveler with his dog.

I love this series. Hermes is my third favorite god. I love how he pulls tricks on people. I have love mythology since I was young and have read my versions of the myths out there and I love this books version the third best. I would recommend this book.
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"My Review: I have so been enjoying this series of graphic novels and was excited when I won this one in the Goodreads Giveaway. I had know a bit about Hermes from my previous knowledge of Greek Mythology but this really expanded my knowledge. I like how this one is presented as a traveler telling stories about Hermes and his adventures, and the way the stories are within a story within a story, very suiting to the tricky Hermes. We get to see a lot of the different sides of Hermes personality throughout this one and it does a great job of presenting his story. I have to say it also does a great job of introducing the other gods and goddesses involved in this story to readers who are not as familiar with mythology, it doesn't dumb it down but it makes the tales very approachable. You also don't really need to read this series in order which is another great plus. I highly recommend this series and I can't wait for more!" said.

"The latest volume in O'Connor's super hero treatment of Greek mythology does an excellent job of embodying the subject matter as O'Connor turns his whimsical style towards gods who wear it well: Hermes and Pan. There's even a nice little twist in the narrative that, as the god himself notes, is "very Hermes" and shows a bit of narrative maturity and growth on O'Connor's part as a storyteller. In his afterward he confesses to having loved Hermes since 3rd grade, and even dressing up like him as part of a school project (for the record, I dressed up as Hermes for Halloween in fifth grade so... clearly I also have an affinity for the god). As the series continues it's hard to see how he's going to wrap it up in the next two volumes but it also wouldn't surprise me if he ends up just moving past the Olympians and creating focus texts around secondary gods. Regardless, O'Connor's love for his material shines through and makes this latest installment a worthy entry. " said.

"In this 10th Olympians book we’re introduced to Hermes’ origin story and some of his adventures, as well as looking at a few of the adventures of his son, Pan.

I think this is my favorite Olympians book of all so far. Hermes’ tales are much more fun and lighthearted than a lot of the others. His first adventure is worthy of several giggles. In the back of the book O’Connor says Hermes is his favorite of the Greek gods and it shows. You can tell he had lots of fun with this one. I’d never heard about the ties between Aesop and Hermes before or the myth explaining why dogs sniff each others’ backsides (which was humorous). Another great addition to this graphic novel series that retells classic myths in graphic novel format. If you’re gonna study the Greek myths, this series is a fun and memorable way to do it. Students will be super happy when this comes in to our library.

Notes on content: No language issues. Though Greek gods are known to sleep around, there’s no graphic details and the most intimacy on page is a hug. Some people are scantily clad or naked but speech bubbles, page edges, and other things are tactfully employed to keep things decent. There are some battles, but nothing super gory in this one. (It says that Typhon takes Zeus’ sinews at one point, but they aren’t shown and he looks fine.)

I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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"God of thieves and businessmen, travelers and shepherds, Hermes began his godly career the night of his birth by sneaking away from the cave his mother had sequestered them away in and stealing his half brother Apollo’s cattle. He features in many stories and has inspired many more. For now, let a wanderer entertain you with a few of them.

I have a tendency to assume that everyone had a middle school Greek mythology phase, where they were super into it and wanted to know all the things. George O’Connor’s Olympians: Hermes: Tales of the Trickster reminds me of that pretty seriously.

This isn’t a super in depth book of mythology, it isn’t trying to be, but it is a fantastic introduction and includes some of the better known Hermes myths with a couple that I don’t remember ever seeing before. That was pretty nifty. The lack of going super in depth is likely also because this is aimed at a younger audience. That’s worth noting mostly because reading this really made me wish that my schools’ libraries had had something like it back in the day.

The art here is awesome. It makes me think of super hero comics with how buff the male characters tend to be and how bright the colors are. The character art is expressive and fun, especially when Pan is being focused on. Similarly, the back ground art can be fantastic with sprawling hills and forests and night scenes that have fantastic light work. I almost want to track down the previous books just for the art.

Overall after reading Olympians: Hermes: Tales of the Trickster I find myself very much wanting to read the other nine in the series. I very much enjoyed this comic and would happily suggest it to readers who want to check into or back into Greek mythology. It’s definitely aimed at a younger audience than me, but then is still well written enough to be entertaining outside of that. I give it a five out of five and note again that, if the rest of the series is as good as this one, O’Connor’s Olympians series would fit well in a school library.

I was sent a copy of this by the publisher, First Second, for honest review.
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" Hands-down my favorite of the series! I always adored the god Hermes, but the iteration created by George O’Connor sounds like so much fun, I’d love to grab a beer and handout with him. " said.

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