Hermes: Tales of the Trickster

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster

The New York Times bestselling series continues as author/artist George O’Connor focuses on Hermes, the trickster god in Olympians: Hermes: Tales of the Trickster.In volume ten of Olympians, George O’Connor delves into the myth of Hermes, the trickster god. From his infancy, when he bewitches animals and bends them to his will (stealing a herd of Apollo’s prize cattle in t...

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Title:Hermes: Tales of the Trickster
Author:George O'Connor
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Hermes: Tales of the Trickster Reviews

  • Calista

    Another fantastic volume in the Olympians series. I really have read extensively on Greek mythology and every single book George comes up with another story or two I haven't heard before. Where is he getting this source material from and why have I missed it. Well, I'm glad he's bring these stories forward.

    I love Hermes. He is amazing. He is like the jack of all trades among the gods. He has to do a little of everything to keep out of trouble. Aesop of Aesop's fables shows up in this story also

    Another fantastic volume in the Olympians series. I really have read extensively on Greek mythology and every single book George comes up with another story or two I haven't heard before. Where is he getting this source material from and why have I missed it. Well, I'm glad he's bring these stories forward.

    I love Hermes. He is amazing. He is like the jack of all trades among the gods. He has to do a little of everything to keep out of trouble. Aesop of Aesop's fables shows up in this story also. I didn't know that Pan was the son of Hermes, maybe I did and I forgot. I forget a lot of things lately. School brain. Argus and the story of Hera and the Peacock is also in this one. One of the things I like about George is he has changed my view a little bit of Hera. I saw her as absolutely insane, stark raving mad and he has given me a little change of perspective on her. Argus looks so amazing.

    I hope he has more planned, because this has been a great series.

  • Tom McDonald

    There are obviously several factors that make George O'Connor's Olympian series such a relish, among these the stellar design of each protagonist, the characterization, the narrative technique, its near universality in accessibility -- and all of these continue through this tenth entry, Hermes: Tales of the Trickster.

    To this point in the greater story, Hermes has been nearly everywhere yet absolutely nowher

    There are obviously several factors that make George O'Connor's Olympian series such a relish, among these the stellar design of each protagonist, the characterization, the narrative technique, its near universality in accessibility -- and all of these continue through this tenth entry, Hermes: Tales of the Trickster.

    To this point in the greater story, Hermes has been nearly everywhere yet absolutely nowhere. He's been the most prominent cursory character this entire time, dipping into each narrative with a now signature fast-talking, fast-paced style… as well as with a touch mystery. So when we see Hermes zipping through the night as an infant vandal, or executing a dizzying number of functions, the latter which O'Connor deftly illustrates, suddenly what we've glimpsed before begins to make some sense. We begin to get an understanding of just who this wise guy is, someone who's cleverly always in the mix of everything.

    O'Connor states that Hermes is his favorite, and his sheer enthusiasm for portraying the character is palpable. He's having as much fun telling this tale as Hermes himself appears to be in all his sly high jinks. Even though Typhon with his monstrous grandeur attempts to steal the story, Hermes is by far the capital thief here of our attention.

    O'Connor's faithfulness to the classical myths along with his intuitive insight into these gods is probably the most compelling element of his series, as well as his ability to structure things in a greater, overreaching arc. Seeing that Argos the giant is finally the conclusion to what started seven books ago, or more profoundly, realizing that Hermes shares deep parallels with his father Zeus that not even mythological scholars of today will highlight, to say nothing of the twist in the ending, all make for a more satisfying read than simply taking this story at face value, especially as we slowly come to the conclusion of the series.

    The mystery is uncovered -- we finally see Hermes' face...! And he's handsome, too! Just to fully see Hermes, isn't that enough to warrant reading?

  • Lunar

    This book is so good that I would have given it 5 stars even without Hermes being my favorite Greek god

  • Morgan

    I still think this series is one of the best for comic books about Greek mythology. It's maybe the most accurate I've seen with trying to add characters that aren't in comic books as much, but it's also gets me to want to read all these mythology books. Most of these stories I either kind of knew or just learning about, proof you can learn from comics.

    I liked this book compared to some of the others in this series. I think Hermes might be my favorite Greek god...I'm not sure because it always ch

    I still think this series is one of the best for comic books about Greek mythology. It's maybe the most accurate I've seen with trying to add characters that aren't in comic books as much, but it's also gets me to want to read all these mythology books. Most of these stories I either kind of knew or just learning about, proof you can learn from comics.

    I liked this book compared to some of the others in this series. I think Hermes might be my favorite Greek god...I'm not sure because it always changes depending on my mood. This one had more humor than the others too. ALSO,

    I see that O'Connor's art is improving. I wasn't really a fan of the art when these first came out, but now I'm a fan. It still has this cartoony feel to it, but I love his designs for the gods. They don't look like the paintings nor do they look like other comic book gods.

  • Erin

    Full review to be posted in January 2018.

  • Ashley Owens

    This might be my favorite of George O'Connor's olympians series so far.

    I really loved the use of humor in the volume. Very true to the character of Hermes himself. And the artwork seems to get better with each volume too.

    My favorite thing about this one was that I learned all new stories. I previously knew nothing about Hermes' origins, and had never heard/read about the other stories the author picked either.

    I would highly recommend this if you are looking for an introduction into the olympian

    This might be my favorite of George O'Connor's olympians series so far.

    I really loved the use of humor in the volume. Very true to the character of Hermes himself. And the artwork seems to get better with each volume too.

    My favorite thing about this one was that I learned all new stories. I previously knew nothing about Hermes' origins, and had never heard/read about the other stories the author picked either.

    I would highly recommend this if you are looking for an introduction into the olympian Greek Gods, and this one in particular for Hermes is a great jumping off point. i read it in one sitting, so it is easy to digest!

  • Bea  Charmed

    Aah, the joys of reading an ARC. Many of the words and sentences lack spacing between them so theyruntgetherlikethis. Ack. Well over the half the text was like that, making for challenging reading. I do hope that's corrected in the final copy as it seriously interfered with the reading. The artwork was meh, kind of blurry at times and lacking in detail. The story, now, that was a good one. I'm reasonably familiar with Greek mythology but a lot of the stories and details were new to me, and they

    Aah, the joys of reading an ARC. Many of the words and sentences lack spacing between them so theyruntgetherlikethis. Ack. Well over the half the text was like that, making for challenging reading. I do hope that's corrected in the final copy as it seriously interfered with the reading. The artwork was meh, kind of blurry at times and lacking in detail. The story, now, that was a good one. I'm reasonably familiar with Greek mythology but a lot of the stories and details were new to me, and they were woven into a cohesive storyline with an ending that I didn't see coming. At the end of the book were biographies of some of the key figures in the story, a bibliography, footnotes, and some discussion questions.

  • Jay G

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    3.5/5 Stars

    Thank you to Raincoast books and FirstSecond for sending me a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review!

    This is the latest volume in The Olympians series featuring Hermes. The graphic novel tells Hermes story from when he was born straight into adulthood.

    Hermes is one of my favourite Greek Gods so I loved reading about him! I think O'Connor did a great jo

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    3.5/5 Stars

    Thank you to Raincoast books and FirstSecond for sending me a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review!

    This is the latest volume in The Olympians series featuring Hermes. The graphic novel tells Hermes story from when he was born straight into adulthood.

    Hermes is one of my favourite Greek Gods so I loved reading about him! I think O'Connor did a great job of telling his story and adding humor into it as well. I really loved the art style of this! The bright colours were a great touch! I also really liked how the back included biographies for each of the major characters featured in the novel and some fun facts about them!

    Overall a super fun and quick read!

  • Barbara

    Although I will also be a fan of the original stories of the Greek gods and goddesses that I read back when I was young, I love how George O'Connor brings these classic stories to life for a modern audience. I really can't believe this is the tenth in his Olympians series, a series that I won't get tired of soon--and I'm not alone in saying that. In this installment, he focuses on Hermes, and observant readers will know not to trust anything they hear or see since this is the trickster god, afte

    Although I will also be a fan of the original stories of the Greek gods and goddesses that I read back when I was young, I love how George O'Connor brings these classic stories to life for a modern audience. I really can't believe this is the tenth in his Olympians series, a series that I won't get tired of soon--and I'm not alone in saying that. In this installment, he focuses on Hermes, and observant readers will know not to trust anything they hear or see since this is the trickster god, after all. The son of Zeus, he is able to slip from the cave where his mother is hiding him and steal Apollo's cows on his first day of life. From there, he goes on to wreak havoc in Olympus and on Earth. I continue to enjoy the lavish, detailed artwork, sometimes relying on panels sliced into interesting strips and sometimes featuring a double-page spread of an important scene. There are even examples of subtle character development that hint at what some of the gods and goddesses are like. Fans of this series will want to add this one to their collection while it is sure to garner even more admirers for its author/illustrator. If interest in Greek mythology doesn't die, this man can be credited for resurrecting interest in the topic.

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