All of this week, I will be reviewing manga adaptations of popular tween novels, starting with Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. Some of the reviews may contain spoilers (revealing key elements of the plot) if you have not read the novel.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan
Adapted by Robert Venditti
Reading level: Ages 10-14
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 12, 2010)
Authentic in spirit to the original novel version, the manga adaptation of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a vivid portrayal of fantasy, adventure and friendship. When young Percy Jackson finds himself in a world where the Greek Olympian Gods still very much exist, as do their half-blood children, he goes on a quest to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. As Percy tries to prevent a potentially catastrophic war between the Gods, he strengthens the bonds of friendship with friends Annabeth & Grover in this thrilling, mythological adventure.
The graphic novel version brings to the life the settings of the original novel, like Camp Half-Blood, without great additional alteration. However, some key plot elements are left missing, such as the great battle with Medusa, or shortened greatly, like ascene with the Lotus Eaters.
Graphically portraying dark fights with monsters & Greek Gods, this manga version is suitable for ages 10 & up. If a tween has recently devoured the Percy Jackson series, then they will surely enjoy the manga version for both its authenticity to the characters of book & its detailed drawings of the settings. While not all of the plot translates into the manga adapation, tweens will still yearn for the next one in this adaptation series.