The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel Review


You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


In 2014 I fell in love with the Percy Jackson series, and when I found out that there was a graphic novel series, I was exited to fall in love with it again. Sadly, I did not fall in love with the graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief.

My biggest issue with this graphic novel, is that everything felt so rushed. I felt that Riordan and Venditti tried to make it a race to get from the beginning of the story, to the end. I mean, they cut out the whole Medusa scene from the book. I felt so angered by this, as it was the first big action scene of Percy’s quest, and also affected a later scene in which was edited so Medusa’s head wasn’t needed.

Despite the story being rushed, I did enjoy the art in the graphic novel. It was very much comic book style, which I am a fan of.

I am giving The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel 3/5 stars. The graphic novel had great artwork, and for the most part stuck with the book, but it was rushed and my favorite scene was cut out of it.

About the Authors:

Rick Riordan

Rick RiordanRick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

Robert Venditti

Robert Venditti

Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Homeland Directive” and the sci-fi graphic novel series “The Surrogates”, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film. He currently writes the ongoing monthly comic book series “X-O Manowar”, “Wrath of the Eternal Warrior”, “Green Lantern”, and “The Flash”. His debut children’s novel, “Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde”, is due from Simon & Schuster in June 2015.


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