The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423117100
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Edition description: Graphic Novel Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 413
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rick Riordan ( is the author of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid as well as all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series : The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Robert Venditti ( is the creator and author of The Surrogates and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. In addition to creating comics, he works at Top Shelf Productions. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attila Futaki (pencils and inks) has illustrated Sprial (Editions Carabas, June 2008) and the forthcoming The Strange Folks (2010), as well as a number of book covers and interiors. He studied at the International School of Comics in Florence. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Jose Villarrubia (coloring) is an Eisner Award-nominated colorist who has worked for every major comic book publisher. Coloring work includes Young X-Men, Crossing Midnight, and Halo Uprising. Additionally, he is an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


San Antonio, TX

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1964

Place of Birth:

San Antonio, TX


B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Medea-Ariadne More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel stays mostly true to The Lightning Thief. Of course some artistic liberties were taken but the graphic novel stays more true to the book than the movie did. A few scenes were cut, like the bit with Medusa and the end was different from the original book but it worked well, so all in all- it's very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The monsters, the Greek gods, camp half blood. The lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is about a boy named Percy Jackson who is the son of Poseidon is being accused for stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. Now Percy must return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or there is a possibility of being a World War Three. On Percy’s mysterious journey he has to fight gods, creatures, and other weird people like Aunty Em. In my opinion Percy Jackson and the lightning thief would be a great recommendation if you like mysteries, adventure, and fighting between human and Greek Gods you should get this book as quick as you can. In my opinion the Lightning thief is a great book because it has adventures, mysteries, and fighting between human and Greek Gods.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I like this graphic novel. Aside from the movie that helped in seeing first hand on what you read, this one actually stuck more to the story line of the book. Some parts were altered but did not ruin the story. Very nice art work.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Percy Jackson is twelve years old, has been kicked out of every school he's ever gone to, and is seen as quite a troublemaker. With ADHD and dyslexia and a reputation for trouble following him wherever he goes, Percy has learned to not get too attached to any one school, set of friends, or teachers, for that matter. Yancey Academy has been no different, except for two things. His best friend, Grover, and his Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, seem to really care about him. While on a school field trip, Percy has quite the bad day. He almost drowns Nancy Bobofit, the school bully; gets attacked by Mrs. Dodds, the math teacher; and then gets told by everyone that there never was a teacher named Mrs. Dodds at Yancey academy. Confused and mistrusting of the two he had come to call friends, Percy grows distant and ends up getting kicked out of yet another school. After the last day, Percy and Grover get onto the city bus to go home. While there, Percy sees three old ladies cutting a piece of yarn. Grover freaks out and asks Percy to wait for him while he runs into a store. Percy ignores him and heads home. Through a series of bad choices and a fight with a foul-tempered, monstrous beast, Percy's mom appears to be killed and the two boys end up at Camp Half-Blood. If monsters aren't enough to take in, Percy finds out his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea, and that his uncle, Zeus, is demanding that Percy return the master lightning bolt by Summer Solstice or he'll be destroyed and another World War will begin. His only hopes are Grover and a smart-aleck girl named Annabeth. Can Percy find the master lighting bot and save everyone's skin, or will the gods start a war bigger than anything anyone has seen before? A great graphic novel adaptation of the original THE LIGHTNING THIEF book. The illustrations are wonderful. The novel is fairly true to the original book; the plot remains intact and is, therefore, well-written. The characters are true to their natures and are well-developed. Readers who are fans of Rick Riordan, action-adventure, fantasy, graphic novels, and mythology will all enjoy THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome i wish they had done the mudusa and other things but it was amazing its more like the book. In the movie they skiped the bridge. So this was a one up. MUST READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this yet, but I just ordered it. I'm hoping it sticks more to the book than the AWFUL movie did. I'm hoping to get a better idea of what some of the scenes described in the book actually look like. If this one is good, I'm going to order the Red Pyramid graphic novel. Rick Riordan is one of my favorites authors. His second series based off of Percy Jackson is also very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
; Percy Jackson finds out he’s the son of a Greek god, gets blamed for stealing a lightning bolt he knew nothing about, and fights creatures he thought were myths. Best for older, action-loving kids, this book offers nonstop adventure and terrific exposure to Greek mythology. For me, this book was a fantastic, fast-past adventure. I was eager to read the next book. "Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him." For Percy, a wisecracking 12-year-old with ADHD, discovering his teacher is really a centaur is just another clue that the Greek gods are alive, well, and causing all kinds of mayhem in modern-day America. Accused of stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt, Percy must prove his innocence while battling a Minotaur and a host of other celestial thugs. Along with all the mayhem, he seems to find a crush with the gorgeous Annabeth. Along the journey Annabeth, and his best friend Grover go with him, unwilling to say no. This book is one of the most fascinating books about Greek mythology. Rick Riordan has done an amazing job with writing and finishing this book up, while still leaving suspense that’ll make you ready for next. His story line and characters jump out at you and gets you into the story. This book was a fantastic, fast-past adventure. I was eager to read the next book. Greek mythology has been made into a fun, exciting story.
John-Doe More than 1 year ago
Some parts of this graphic novel was rushed and at some point I was lost and when I was trying to get the gist of it I asked my sis to read the book she never understood it neither did my teacher and classmates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book EVER but the movie was total GARBAGE btw rick riordan if your reading this want to thank u for all the AWESOME books u have written and please write more percy jackson!!! -------::::::::::::::::::::::::::>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like it at all
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JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This is a great graphic novel adaptation of The Lightning Thief. I read the first two books in the Percy Jackson series a couple of years ago, so I wanted to read the graphic novels to refresh myself before I continue with the rest of the series. This graphic novel is a great way for kids to read the stories. I studied Greek mythology in university, so I was already familiar with the characters before I read The Lightning Thief. It could be confusing for kids who are just being introduced to these characters, because they have detailed histories that were created thousands of years ago. Being able to see the story take place in the images could make the story easier for reluctant readers to understand. Some of the smaller battles were cut out of the book, which made it a pretty short graphic novel. This was great for me, since I just wanted to read through it to remind myself of the stories. However, this adaptation doesn’t replace the novel because some parts were summarized or left out for the graphic novel.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Percy Jackson's first adventure is adapted here into a graphic novel. I dunno, it's okay, but it cuts a LOT out of the book. A lot of set-up and world-building is included, at the expense of some of the exciting incidents. I guess it might make a good introduction to the series for kids who REALLY resist reading, but the actual book is so good that I don't know why you would want to read this instead. The art is fine, though I think Percy and Grover look about 18 instead of 12. (Grover is actually supposed to look older, I think, so that didn't bother me as much. Clarisse looks about 40...)
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel rendition of the Lightning Thief is much inferior to the original book, omitting some of its most compelling scenes to save space. In the process, the graphic novel appeared to me to alter the motives and personalities of some of the characters (for example, Ares). The main characters are easy on the eyes, at least, though definitely not how I pictured them in the book.
av0415 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first watched the movie adaptation of this book but when my friend told me it was originally from a book, I read it without hesitation. I was shocked by the huge differences between the movie and the book. Although the movie is good, I still prefer the story from the book. And although this book should be focused to very young readers, I still liked it.
Dylan.miller19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a good book. It is about a boy who is a demigod. This means that he is half ancient god half human. He doesn't know this yet until weird things start to happen to him. Percy the with the help of his friend and protecter Grover which is a satyr go to camp BloodHoof which is a camp for special kids like Percy. In the trip to camp BloodHoof Percy loses his mother to Hades. This book is about Percy trying to convince the gods that he did not steal Zeus's thunderbolt. He also try's to save his mother in all this commotion. I really like this book. This book should be recommended for children and teenagers. It is a good book because it shows Percy trying to figure out how to control his powers. It also is a great way to study the greek gods. This book has action, mythology, and romance. This book got 3 stars because even though its is a great series it could have went a little more in depth with Percy.
lhanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Percy Jackson is a demigod and son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, and helps return Zeus' lightning bolt to him in an effort to prove to his father that he is worthy of being a god. The book begins a fantastic journey for Percy and his other demigod friends.They have this book in a chapter book and graphic novel form.In a literary lesson I would use both the graphinc novel and the chapter book and use them as comparisons. THe illustrations in the graphic novels opens up in a multitude of available lessons to be taught.
daisyacg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5P 4QThis is a graphic novel adaptation of the immensely popular first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. With the graphic illustrations and high-quality adaptation from the original novel, this is sure to be a popular alternative for reluctant readers who don't want to be left out of the conversation. I think it is also appropriate for readers who enjoyed the original version of the Lightning Thief and want to experience the story visually. However, I think that due to the graphic novel format, the story makes some minor cuts and limits internal thinking and external conversations that span more pages in the original. This doesn't affect the quality too much, and shouldn't be noticeable for a reader who is new to the story.
LarryJackson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson. He is about to get kicked out of boarding school again. He tries to help defend his best friend while he gets bullied and protect himself against his pre-algebra teacher while she tries killing him. She chases him into summer camp. When he gets there he starts to realize that greek mythological creatures are still alive. Now Percy has 10 days to return Zeus's stolen property back to Mount Olympus to ensure safety.I like this book because it seems like he is a bad child at first. Then when he is getting chased around he seems so inescent. My favorite part of the book is when his pre-algebra turns into a minotaur and chases him into the camp. My least favorite part is when his mother dies. I think people should read this because it helps you learn greek heroes. It helped me because i learned more about athena and other women.
John.Kaleb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson's novel series. The story begins when Percy Jackson a half-god, half-human also known as a demi god is suspected of stealing Zeus' master bolt. He embarkes on an epic quest with two friends Annabeth (Athena's Daughter) and Grover (Half-man, half-goat) a satyr. Percys journey takes him to the underworld where he and his friends confront his uncle the god of the dead. In the end, Percy was betrayed by one of Hermes sons but manages to survive. The master bolt is returned to Zues. Percy also meets his father, the god of the sea, Poseidon. I enjoyed reading this book. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
hayesn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a great book. If you like Greek mytholigy this is the book four you.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the graphic novel series retelling the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Riordan. This graphic novel was well-illustrated and did a good job telling the story; the story is darker in tone though and had less humor in it than the books.Anyone who is a fan of Riordan's works knows the story already. Percy Jackson finds out that he is a half-godling and gets blamed for the theft of Zues's lightening bolt. Then he and some of his new friends from Camp Half Blood set out on a quest to find the lightening blot and clear Percy's name.The illustration was well done and matched the tone of the story. It is in full color and represents the characters well, the only character that was a lot different from the series is Grover...he is not pictured at all how I imagined and doesn't need his crutches to get around. Although it was well done there isn't anything really stylistically or artistically unique or compelling about the illustration.The story hits most of the main story points; although there wasn't as much humor present as in the book series. Percy is a bit more brooding and the atmosphere is darker. In general it is a good translation of Percy and the Olympians to a comic-book like style.Overall I enjoyed reading this to relive the series; I didn't find anything especially compelling about either the illustration or the story itself. The illustration is well-done but a bit darker; the story is also darker and less humorous than originally. The author/illustrators did a good job of converting this story to something that has a more comic book feel to it. I will probably read future installments just because I like the series so much. I would recommend reading the original books first because they are just hands down better, but this graphic novel does a great job of representing the series and helping readers to relive it. For those who are interesting in middle grade level graphic novel I have to recommend The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi and Bone by Jeff Smith...both of these are absolutely spectacular.
rapago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit that my first foray into this series was not the actual novel. No, it was the movie version. I, of course, had heard about this series of books. My children and my students were devouring all the books in the series. After seeing the film, though, I really did not have a big interestin reading the novel even though I had multiple assurances that the novel was infitely better than the movie. When I saw this graphic novel version, however, I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did.The story is pretty much as I remembered from the movie, but the pictures made it more enjoyable. I liked the artwork, and with such a topic, the artists had a lot of fun playing with the imagery. (Poseidon in shorts and beach sandals?) In all, I will not be rushing out to read the novel, but I did enjoy this one.
hailey.parker98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about a normal boy who turns out to be a demi god. Every god is trying to kill him because he has the lightning bolt of Zues. Join this tail of fighting, mythical creatures, and more fun!