Published January 31st 2017 by First Second
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities. In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times–bestselling author George O'Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling.
In ARTEMIS: WILD GODDESS OF THE HUNT, author George O'Connor introduces us to the ethereal and eternal goddess of the hunt. We see how she came to be, and both her friends and foes, as she travails the world, perfecting her skill.
O'Connor's work is more Edith Hamilton than Rick Riordan, and it's reflected in some of the truly grim scenarios that some of the gods and goddesses around Artemis experience, including public shunning and the loss of one's family. But O'Connor handles it in a graceful way; and never shares more than is necessary, to get the point across. There is actually a mystique to how he chooses to handle it; it encourages readers to figure out and think more deeply about these myths.
Though O'Connor does jump around a bit in Artemis's mythology - which may be confusing to someone who are newer to Greek myths - this edition does a great job of giving us a good overall sense of who she and her brother Apollo are, and who she is destined to be. It's enough to send even the youngest of imaginations soaring.
All in all, highly recommend, full stop.