First Second Books
Source: Finished copy from publisher for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And how many will have to die first?
Ares is the latest addition to George O’Connor’s Olympians series, taking us on a very quick journey through the tail end of the Trojan War as the gods and goddesses of Olympus debate and bicker among themselves as to whether or not they should intervene. Ares is larger than life in his anger and love of blood and chaos–a striking contrast to Athena’s love of strategy and planning–but like so many of the Olympian gods, he’s also in possession of an inflated sense of self and an easily-bruised ego, causing him to sulk one minute and erupt in an all-out rage the next.
The artwork itself is absolutely stunning, the panels beautiful, colorful and easy to understand for the most part (the sheer number of Olympian gods does create some confusion here and there as we try to identify and keep track of each one), allowing us breeze through this piece of the Trojan war in no time. The back of Ares contains a breakdown of–and explanation for–a number of panels, giving us unique insight into the story itself while also bringing to our attention things we may have missed as we read through initially. Quick and fun, Ares provides a different perspective on the final days of the Trojan War and shows how powerful yet vulnerable some of the Olympian gods can be.
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