Goddess of Love

Book - 2014
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In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O'Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War.

O'Connor has outdone himself with this volume: the story is riveting and the artwork is beyond compare. Greek mythology has never been so vivid! This title has Common Core connections.

A Neal Porter Book

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596439474
Branch Call Number: Graphic Y Fic
Characteristics: 76 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.


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Feb 04, 2018

Great art? Naturally. Humorous but insightful character development? Of course. But that's not what makes George O'Connor my favorite go-to for mythology. Here as in other volumes, he is able to cut to the heart of the conflicting myths and find the essence that unifies them; in doing so, he makes the origin of an enigmatic figure clear.

Is Aphrodite the daughter of Zeus or born of the essence of the castrated Uranus? (And boy, if you didn't get that he was castrated before, the graphics are going to make that very clear.) And how is it that Eros was born from both Chaos *and* Aphrodite? Sit back and smile as George explains it all.

Aphrodite in classical myth is easily the least sympathetic of all the Olympians as she and her mischievous son/male counterpart Eros ruthlessly inspire unrequited love and destroy marriages. In a heated exchange with Hera, Aphrodite succinctly sums up why she's probably the deity we want to side with after all. Three decades of closely reading mythology, and I had to smile as I finally saw an essential cultural tension played out not by Apollo and Dionysus but Hera and Aphrodite. Read their brief exchange, then go back and re-read the rest of the graphic novel; suddenly Aphrodite is much more sympathetic.

This is not the most romantic of the series- that honor goes to Hades- but we do get to see more of the continuing love affair that has been playing out since the first volume. Zeus, the most sensitive to Eros, at the end of the day has one true love: his power. However alluring Aphrodite- or Thetis- may be, he will do nothing to compromise his beloved. When you see Zeus act as wedding planner, you've got to know that something else is up.

An exciting midway point for a fantastic series. Highly recommended for fans of Greek mythology.

Mar 18, 2015

Great book, I can't wait for Ares.

Sep 21, 2014


orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

graphic novel about greek gods and goddess

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
The most powerful of all the Greek gods rises from the sea and causes great good and great ill with her outsized influence.
- Betsy Bird

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Mar 28, 2014

I loved this book! I can't wait for the next one!

Mark_Daly Feb 14, 2014

The early pages of this book are the best. When recounting Aphrodite's origin, O'Connor once again does a superior job at synthesizing the various accounts. He neatly fits her into his own version of the Greek mythos. The rest of the book features more foreshadowing than action, and frequent scenes of gods standing around talking. O'Connor's delicate inking and some of his panel compositions are reminiscent of the work of onetime Wonder Woman artist George Perez and longtime comics inker Terry Austin. He rightly emphasizes the prominent role that beauty plays in Aphrodite's story.

Sidewinder88 Jan 10, 2014

I admit I'm not too familiar with the myths of Aphrodite so I didn't know how accurate were the myths around her in this graphic novel like for the other gods in the other novels, but I do know O'Connor toned down the story of her 'birth' a little bit. I also expected the whole Trojan War myth to be included here, since allegedly Aphrodite was the one who started it off but only the judgement of Paris was included. But nevertheless I still liked what it offered, and its portrayal of Aphrodite as a 'new' goddess who wanted to officially fit in with all the the other gods of Olympus in power and legends was a nice touch. Hope O'Connor doesn't stop here and continues this series.

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

this is about aphrodite it shows how she was born how much the gods liked her and a fight she had with athena and hera


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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

forgive my half brother ares he's a god of action and not much for words


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