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The Lightning Thief – Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel

Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, along with The Red Pyramid]

Illustrators: Robert Venditti, Jose Villarrubia, Attila Futaki

Based on The Lightning Thief

Pages [paperback] : 128

Favorite Characters: Percy & Luke


You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself into 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.

Some of the biggest names in the comic book industry join forces with series creator Rick Riordan to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


 I am in love with the Percy Jackson series, so when I had the chance to read the graphic novel version of the first book, I took it as quickly as I could. Though I wasn’t expecting to read anything new or find out something different about the series, it was definitely worth reading to see my favorite scenes played out like a comic.

What I thought was really cool about reading this, after picturing Camp Half-Blood in my head so many times, was seeing the layout drawn in each different frame. The rock climbing wall with lava, the Big House, the cabins . . . I loved being able to see everything, not just on a map, but put out the way they were supposed to be.

The characters, on the other hand . . . Well, nothing-no actor or image-can ever compare to the person a reader conjures in their mind. But I found the illustrations lacking in this point, simply because some of the frames had them with particularly goofy expressions, or little things like that . . . And not during the moments that are supposed to be comical. It was more of a slight distraction that anything, but one that I noticed.

All in all, I’d recommend this to Percy Jackson fans. It’s something I’d borrow rather than purchase, though. Nothing new here, just a neat way to view things. For those who haven’t picked up the books, I really recommend reading them first before checking this out. The original Lightning Thief has so much more detail-and funny moments!



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