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Gods and thunder. Brothers and betrayal. Death and rebirth. Original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur come to life in a full-color, action-packed graphic novel format that's perfect for young readers who crave adventure. Prepare yourself for sibling rivalry, ancient prophecies, and epic battles--and enter the weird, wild world of Norse mythology like yo Gods and thunder. Brothers and betrayal. Death and rebirth. Original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur come to life in a full-color, action-packed graphic novel format that's perfect for young readers who crave adventure. Prepare yourself for sibling rivalry, ancient prophecies, and epic battles--and enter the weird, wild world of Norse mythology like you've never seen it before.


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Gods and thunder. Brothers and betrayal. Death and rebirth. Original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur come to life in a full-color, action-packed graphic novel format that's perfect for young readers who crave adventure. Prepare yourself for sibling rivalry, ancient prophecies, and epic battles--and enter the weird, wild world of Norse mythology like yo Gods and thunder. Brothers and betrayal. Death and rebirth. Original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur come to life in a full-color, action-packed graphic novel format that's perfect for young readers who crave adventure. Prepare yourself for sibling rivalry, ancient prophecies, and epic battles--and enter the weird, wild world of Norse mythology like you've never seen it before.

30 review for Gods and Thunder: A Graphic Novel of Old Norse Myths

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    Bringing old mythic tales to comics form is a wonderful concept that is long overdue. This type of story with the comics medium seems to be a natural fit. I would love to see another volume of Norse myth or other comics adapting lore from other parts of the world. It is informaqtive and educational to readers of all ages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    This was a fun collection of Norse stories. The art was nice, comic-book style sequences. The stories were short but stayed very true to the mythology. Overall, a fun way to tell very short tales. I liked it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    A collection of four previously published books which were first issued for the library market. Now bound together in paperback for the general public, this collection of Norse mythology concerns mostly the gods' battles with the giants. Thor stars in each tale and we end with the final battle of Ragnarok. Loki is just as much of a main character as Thor but I wasn't too thrilled with his portrayal. The balance between his tricksterism and evilness wasn't shown very well. These stories are also A collection of four previously published books which were first issued for the library market. Now bound together in paperback for the general public, this collection of Norse mythology concerns mostly the gods' battles with the giants. Thor stars in each tale and we end with the final battle of Ragnarok. Loki is just as much of a main character as Thor but I wasn't too thrilled with his portrayal. The balance between his tricksterism and evilness wasn't shown very well. These stories are also quite watered down which comes as a surprise to me as Capstone has impressed me in the past with their ability to stay true to original myths while remaining age appropriate. Nevertheless, this is an interesting and action-packed volume which will appeal to kids fond of mythology or the recent movies starring Thor. Thor and Loki by Carl Bowen - Thor, Loki and a servant are sent to the Land of Giant's where Thor wants to impress upon them how much stronger the gods are than the giants. However, they meet up with Utgarda, the king of giants, who happens to be just as much of a trickster as Loki. Here they try and fail at the giants' challenges. Great art by Marvel's Todd Smith (4/5) Thor vs the Giants by Carl Bowen - Several short stories in which Loki and Thor go out and battle giants usually in their own land. They are all fun and a couple were new to me. I'm not too keen on how Loki is being portrayed, half good/half bad, as they are missing his true nature. The rest of the illustrations are done by the well known Eduardo Garcia. His style is more realistic and not to my liking as much as Smith's above. (3/5) The Death of Baldur by Louise Simonson - The tale of Loki's treacherous plan against Baldur and Loki's punishment with the venom dripping onto his head. This also explains the reason for earthquakes. A plethora of characters of Norse mythology show up in this tale, each with a brief cameo. (3/5) Twilight of the Gods - This tells the Battle of Ragnarok, the end of the world. The battle of all battles in which the gods of old are slain. The story is action from start to finish with many characters, each having a brief moment in the sun before they are slain. (3/5)

  4. 5 out of 5

    American Mensa

    This colorful graphic novel recounts amazing and enchanting stories about Norse mythology. I was thrilled to review this book because my knowledge on Norse myths is limited. The book had vibrant and action-packed pictures that depicted the story perfectly and was written in an easy-to-understand format. This graphic novel has four colorful tales in one suspenseful book! This book tells about the journeys, adventures, and misadventures of Thor (the god of thunder and lightning), his brother Loki This colorful graphic novel recounts amazing and enchanting stories about Norse mythology. I was thrilled to review this book because my knowledge on Norse myths is limited. The book had vibrant and action-packed pictures that depicted the story perfectly and was written in an easy-to-understand format. This graphic novel has four colorful tales in one suspenseful book! This book tells about the journeys, adventures, and misadventures of Thor (the god of thunder and lightning), his brother Loki (a small giant who was raised with the gods), Baldur (the god of light), and their father Odin (the all-father/leader of the gods). This book has tales about giants, lies, deceit, love, and betrayal in amazing and vivid pictures. To top it off, this book also has a glossary in the back that explains every character in the book! The glossary was very helpful since a few characters have similar names. I recommend this book for kids ages 10 and older because there are some violent scenes that might make younger audiences uncomfortable. Overall, I loved this book! 5 stars!! Roksanna K, age 13, Broward County Mensa

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    After reading Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, one of my tutoring students spent 20 solid minutes skimming this and then took it home. Action-packed illustrations, solid writing, and a kid's thumb's up should have earned Gods and Thunder a 5-star rating. Maybe I've become a Norse Mythology nerd but I couldn't help but notice that Tyr has both of his hands during Ragnarok, the final battle. He had knowingly and bravely sacrificed his hand to Fenris wolf while After reading Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, one of my tutoring students spent 20 solid minutes skimming this and then took it home. Action-packed illustrations, solid writing, and a kid's thumb's up should have earned Gods and Thunder a 5-star rating. Maybe I've become a Norse Mythology nerd but I couldn't help but notice that Tyr has both of his hands during Ragnarok, the final battle. He had knowingly and bravely sacrificed his hand to Fenris wolf while the other gods bound it with Gleipner, a magical chain. Bottom line: Get Gods and Thunder for any kid who is into Norse mythology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Mcgarvey

    This fascinating book presents a retelling of original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur in graphic novel format. The Old Norse myths come to life through the text and graphics. The legends are exciting and written in present day language ensuring full comprehension and engaging. In addition to the great writing/retelling is the visual appeal. Full color, detailed graphics enhance the text and add suspense and excitement. Overall, illustrators use darker shading that reinforce This fascinating book presents a retelling of original Viking tales of Asgard, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Baldur in graphic novel format. The Old Norse myths come to life through the text and graphics. The legends are exciting and written in present day language ensuring full comprehension and engaging. In addition to the great writing/retelling is the visual appeal. Full color, detailed graphics enhance the text and add suspense and excitement. Overall, illustrators use darker shading that reinforces the darker side of the myths. Facial expressions of the characters and action pictures bring the stories to life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana Gagliardi

    For what this is- an engaging introduction to some of the key tales of Norse Mythology- it is quite marvelous. The graphic format allows easy recognition between potentially confusing characters and there DOES appear to be a tad of Avengers humor and coloring in the portrayals of Loki and Thor (which is fine by me!). Of course, the addition of pictures leads to a removal of words so you lose the long (and fabulous) names and titles being listed and the tale of someone else's quest in the telling For what this is- an engaging introduction to some of the key tales of Norse Mythology- it is quite marvelous. The graphic format allows easy recognition between potentially confusing characters and there DOES appear to be a tad of Avengers humor and coloring in the portrayals of Loki and Thor (which is fine by me!). Of course, the addition of pictures leads to a removal of words so you lose the long (and fabulous) names and titles being listed and the tale of someone else's quest in the telling of your name :D All in all- great set of stories in a very palatable format :D Enjoy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    I want to understand myths--- especially old Norse myths and gods so I grab books when I come upon them. I found a list from a librarian and I am slowly working my way through it. This was just average. The drawings were typical comic book illustrations-- but the stories explained what happened (four tales) along with a glossary of important people and places. I am still not 100% clear on all the ways of Norse myths, but this is a good start. Read if you enjoy myths and want to know who Loki is. I want to understand myths--- especially old Norse myths and gods so I grab books when I come upon them. I found a list from a librarian and I am slowly working my way through it. This was just average. The drawings were typical comic book illustrations-- but the stories explained what happened (four tales) along with a glossary of important people and places. I am still not 100% clear on all the ways of Norse myths, but this is a good start. Read if you enjoy myths and want to know who Loki is....and how he ended up as Thor's brother.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    I'm not a huge Norse mythology reader (perhaps influenced by my dislike of a certain comic franchise taking over all movies?), but I found this collection both enjoyable and enlightening about several of the important stories from this tradition. Kids will like the stories and the illustrations (and probably the connections they make with Marvel...) but I particularly liked the glossary at the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Al Burke

    Read this to my 7-year old, who thoroughly enjoyed it, and I must say, I did too. It's aimed at kids, and the language and graphics are too, so don't jump on board if you want something dark and brooding. In saying that, it doesn't quite pull its punches either - characters are killed and Ragnarok ensues - so it's not light and fluffy either. A good starter for kids who want to get into mythology.

  11. 5 out of 5

    xbmillie

    These illustrations were so vivid and full of character! :D I really enjoyed reading this. I wish there were more books in this Norse myths series. The stories are filled with such great humour and adventure!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Stencil

    Fun and easy read that looks at the older Norse tales that led to the Thor comics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Fun, I suppose, in that hyper-masculine ├╝ber-violent way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lionheart

    Ages 11+ Blood, some graphic images (But it is a graphic novel, for pity's sake.).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Mosher

    Not my kind of thing, but good for anyone interested in Norse mythology.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Great art work. Sub-par writing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Riggs

    To be fair, I love norse mythology and comics. This marriage was hilarious

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annika

  20. 4 out of 5

    B.E.D

  21. 5 out of 5

    InformationSuperhero

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  24. 4 out of 5

    Owen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tommy June

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andria

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