“Aphrodite: Goddess of Love” by George O’Connor (First Second, 2013)


In the sixth volume of the Olympians series – proceeding Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Athena and Hera – graphic novel writer and artist George O’Connor takes on the goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. One might expect a lovey dovey story, but O’Connor instead presents one of how a new goddess can upset the whole Greek pantheon.

Aphrodite is born of love and is beautiful to behold, but her intention is for everyone to be truthful and honest about their feelings, even to their own detriment. Zeus soon puts a stop to this, marrying her to the ugly, burly Hephaistos, the god of fire and smithing. Aphrodite is bored with her married life and gives birth to Eros (better known as Cupid), who immediately starts sowing mischief. It is an interesting story of love and jealousy, where everyone wishes to come after Aphrodite and Eros for what happens, when they only have themselves to blame.

With a vibrant, colorful art style, readers of any age will enjoy this graphic novel for its storytelling and its artwork, and it represents a welcome addition to the growing Olympian collection.

Originally written on January 25, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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