The Odyssey: Graphic Novel Review

The Odyssey Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds

The majority of the discussion in The Odyssey graphic novel review shown here comes from an AI (Artificial Intelligence) chat. It will start after the introduction. My own opinions regarding The Odyssey graphic novel by Gareth Hinds are predominately divulged closer to the end of this comic book review.

Poseidon, God of the sea, has slyly let me what he thinks of The Odyssey graphic novel. I was at the beach standing in what I thought was a quite isolated spot, thinking that no one would come my way. I was getting ready to take a picture showing the cover of The Odyssey graphic novel, as you can see up top.

Then I hear, do you mind if I join you? I looked around and saw this lady with her dog behind me making her way down the pathway to the shoreline. Then she says it’s a beautiful spot. Of course, I told her I was fine with it.

You can just see the dog in the feature image above on the right side. At the time I took a few photos and liked this one the best. You can even see a splash in the water when the lady threw something into the sea. Wow — seriously, this is one in a million stuff.

Plenty of comics and books about The Odyssey exist and I would assume way more than movies about The Odyssey.

The main objective here is to see how The Odyssey graphic novel stacks up against the best books telling this very popular Greek mythology story.

I’ll personally focus on reviewing The Odyssey artwork and the storyline — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For instance, one of the first things you’ll notice is that Zeus is truly an ugly God in this version of The Odyssey. To tell you the truth, I am not a fan of the images used to depict the Greek Gods in this graphic novel, apart from Poseidon who looks great.

Greek Gods The Odyssey Graphic Novel

The artwork in The Odyssey is very different to what I expected to see in this highly acclaimed graphic novel. It almost has an amateurish feel to it and for this reason it came as a big surprise to me.

The artwork definitely isn’t all bad as there are some fantastic scenes in The Odyssey.

My review and opinions about The Odyssey graphic novel are mainly shown at the end of this post, so for now, become familiar with the book.

You will also find my opinion on whether The Odyssey graphic novel is worth reading and who the book is best suited in the conclusion.

The Odyssey Graphic Novel Review by AI

To start things off, here is what AI has to say about The Odyssey graphic novel.

The Odyssey Graphic Novel is visually stunning and captures the essence of Homer’s epic tale. Gareth Hinds expertly adapts Homer’s story into a graphic novel format, with vivid illustrations that bring the characters and scenes to life.

The use of color and shading adds depth and emotion to the story, and Hinds does an excellent job of conveying the contrast between the gods’ lavish world and the harsh realities of mortal life.

Cursed Odysseus

The narrative is well-paced, and the dialogue is clear and easy to follow. The use of modern language is refreshing and helps to make the story more accessible to a younger audience. Hinds also incorporates interesting details about ancient Greek culture and beliefs, which add authenticity to the story.

One of the standout features of this graphic novel is Hinds’ depiction of the characters. Each character is unique and recognizable, with distinct personalities and emotions. The facial expressions and body language add depth and nuance to the story, and Hinds effectively conveys the characters’ inner thoughts and motivations.

Overall, The Odyssey Graphic Novel is a fantastic adaptation of Homer’s classic tale.

It is both visually stunning and compellingly written, making it a must-read for fans of Greek mythology and graphic novels alike.

The Odyssey graphic novel review recommendation is to read it, especially if you like Greek mythology comics.

Gareth Hinds: Author of The Odyssey

Gareth Hinds is an American artist and writer who has gained fame for his graphic novel adaptations of classic literature. He was born on October 5, 1971, in Maryland, USA. Hinds attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

He has illustrated and adapted several popular works of literature, including The Odyssey, The Iliad, Beowulf, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and The Canterbury Tales. Hinds has received several awards and critical acclaim for his work, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a Michael L. Printz Honor Award, and an Eisner Award nomination.

In addition to his graphic novels, Hinds has worked as a freelance illustrator and has undertaken diverse projects such as creating illustrations for an animatronic singing bear and designing digital slot machines. He also teaches comics and illustration at various universities and schools.

AI, what is something about the American Artist Gareth Hinds that hardly anyone knows?

I can tell you that a lesser-known fact about Gareth Hinds is that he initially studied archaeology before pursuing an art career. He double-majored in archaeology and studio art from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This academic background has influenced his work as a graphic novelist, particularly in his graphic novel adaptations of classic works such as The Odyssey and Beowulf, which draw upon historical context and literary analysis.

The Odyssey Storyline

In this graphic novel, Hinds has illustrated and retold the story of the warrior Odysseus as he journeys home after fighting in the Trojan War.

The graphic novel incorporates the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, and also depicts the challenges and obstacles Odysseus faces as he tries to get back to his wife and son.

Hinds uses modern language and vivid illustrations to bring the story to life, making it more accessible to a younger audience.

The Odyssey graphic novel has received critical acclaim and has become a popular choice for readers interested in Greek mythology and classic literature.

Have a closer look at some of the artwork in The Odyssey graphic novel. The story seemed to have contained all of the stories typically told in The Odyssey. Just be aware, that they are not all shown here.

The Omen

During ancient times, the Greek Gods would often send omens of impending doom.

Omen Birds Attacking in The Odyssey

Wise men could often decipher the meaning behind these strange events.

The Odyssey A Sign of Doom

Telemachus , the son of Odysseus, knew that the suitors who wanted to marry his mother Penelope were big trouble. He suffered terribly during this time and desperately wanted to know whether his father was still alive.

Hermes speaking with Calypso

Odysseus was trapped on the island of Calypso. Greek God Hermes paid Calypso a visit to inform her that she had to let Odysseus leave. Calypso wasn’t happy about it at all.

Hermes speaking to Calypso in The Odyssey

At this time Odysseus had no idea that his wife Penelope was being harassed by suitors.

When Odysseus left the island of Calypso, the odyssey back to Ithaka would lead to many incredible adventures.

The Lotus Eaters

In Homer’s “The Odyssey,” the Lotus Eaters are a tribe of people encountered by Odysseus and his men during their journey home to Ithaca.

The Lotus Eaters give Odysseus’ men a plant called the lotus fruit, which causes them to forget about their homesickness and the desire to return home.

The consumption of the lotus fruit made Odysseus’ men lose the will to continue on their journey, making them content to remain on the island and continue eating the fruit indefinitely.

Odysseus shouting out to the Cyclops

Odysseus had to forcibly take his men back to their ships to continue their voyage home to Ithaca. Somehow he managed to not eat any, so he was the only one who had control of his mind.

Odysseus and the Cyclops

Blinding the Cyclops comic scenes were as expected.

Blinding the Cyclops Comic Scene

When Odysseus escapes, he shouts out to the Cyclops in anger.

Odysseus shouting out to the Cyclops

Bag of winds – Aeolus

Odysseus then meets with Aeolus, the keeper of the winds. After leaving with his crew, a few of the crewmen couldn’t resist opening the bag of winds. They thought it must have contained some sort of treasure.

Crew opening the Bag of Winds

Circe, the Goddess

Odysseus is seduced by Circe after resisting her magic. The Goddess turned his crew into swine, but her magic never worked on Odysseus, so instead she decides to become his lover.

Odysseus leaving Circe

The Land of the Dead

To find his way home, Odysseus is told that he must visit the land of the dead. Once there, he’d be able to get directions he needs to make his way home to Ithaka.

Odysseus in the Land of the Dead

The Sirens in The Odyssey

In “The Odyssey,” the Sirens are a group of dangerous creatures who live on an island that Odysseus and his men must pass on their journey home.

The Sirens are known for their captivating and enchanting singing voices that lure sailors to their island, causing them to be shipwrecked and killed.

Sirens in The Odyssey

Odysseus, aware of the danger, has his men plug their ears with beeswax and orders them to tie him to the mast of his ship so that he can hear the Sirens’ song without being lured to their island.

The Suitors

You will also get to see what happens to the suitors in The Odyssey graphic novel.

The suitors are depicted as greedy, selfish, disrespectful and laughing fools, as they eat and drink Odysseus’ resources and constantly harass Penelope and his son, Telemachus.

Suitors laughing in The Odyssey

As you have seen, most of the artwork shown here is excellent!. One more thing that I can say is that it definitely does stick in your mind.

Other Memorable Stories in The Odyssey

Going back, one of the more memorable moments in The Odysssey tells the tale of Proteus, a sea-god, the son of Poseidon and a shape-shifter who has the power to prophesize the future.

For die-hard Greek mythology fans, Proteus appears in Book 4 of Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Menelaus is stranded on the island of Pharos, Egypt, with his men while returning from the Trojan War. He wanted to know how to get home, so he asked Proteus for help. However, Proteus, known for his elusiveness, tried to avoid answering his questions, turning himself into different animals such as a lion, serpent, leopard, pig, and even water, to escape him. However, Menelaus and his assistant were finally able to wrestle with him and held him down until Proteus returned to his natural form and prophesized to Menelaus how to get back to Sparta.

A ferocious looking Scylla monster also appears in this graphic novel. Another well done story in The Odyssey included the divine cattle of sun-god Helios, which tempted the starving crew.

I found one of the best things about the graphic novel to be the fantastic ending. You’d think that Odysseus and his son Telemachus would have made many enemies and been the target of revenge after what they did to all those suitors, but the graphic novel did an excellent job in explaining how things managed to end peacefully.

Best Graphic Novel based on The Odyssey

Numerous graphic novel adaptations exist based on Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey.” The best one is subjective to personal preference. However, Gareth Hinds’ graphic novel adaptation of “The Odyssey” has received critical acclaim and is a popular choice among readers.

It combines beautiful artwork with an authentic retelling of the classic story, detailing the adventures of Odysseus as he embarks on a perilous journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

The Odyssey Graphic Novel Review (My Thoughts)

In conclusion, I think the adaptation of The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds is a worthwhile read, especially for young audiences or those unfamiliar with the story.

While the artwork is a mixture of good and bad, the overall experience offers fast-paced storytelling and unexpected surprises.

Whether you’re a fan of Greek mythology or simply seeking out an epic adventure, The Odyssey is a classic tale and I’m sure you’ll be happy to have read this graphic novel.

You only need about an hour or two, and you can easily finish it.

Personally, I give The Odyssey graphic novel a rating of 6 out of 10. Yes, it does seem like a relatively low rating, but that’s probably mainly due to the poor depiction of the Greek Gods. Like I said before, Poseidon looks great, but I don’t like the look of Zeus and the other Gods at all. Maybe this was the artist’s intention, who knows?

For now, The Odyssey graphic novel by Gareth Hinds has to be the best graphic novel based on Homer’s epic poem I have ever read.

The reason for this is that nothing else springs to mind at the moment. I’ll have to find another graphic novel based on The Odyssey to compare it with.

If I ever do read a better graphic novel about The Odyssey, I’ll be sure to mention it here.

To finish things off, here is a twelve-line AI generated poem that sums up The Odyssey nicely.

From Troy to Ithaca, westward they sailed,
A journey of twists and turns unveiled,
Odysseus, a hero of cunning and might,
Endured trials on land and sea without delight,

Cyclops, Sirens, Lotus-eaters and more,
Challenges aplenty outside his door,
He longed for home, for his love, for his son,
But fate dealt him trials, one by one.

Penelope waited, loyal and true,
Telemachus grew, a warrior anew,
In the end, our hero returns at last,
Restored the honor of his household, his past.

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