The world is such a different place…isn’t it? Part of me wishes we still believed in several Gods, well…we kinda do, but you know what I mean. The Greeks of old, had a field day with their Gods and reveled in the daily drama created by these deities and you can’t say drama without mentioning the most dramatic of all the Gods or Goddeses (I’m going to call them all Gods)….Aphrodite. Writer George O’ Connor’s series The Olympians ,has touched on many of the deep, known and lesser known, beings from Olympus, but Aphrodite has got to be one of the most visually known, but misunderstood Gods of them all. Despite the fact that thousands of years later, we still incorporate her name into all things dealing with love or sex…case and point-the gender symbol for female is the mirror of Aphrodite, Aphrodisiac, the planet Venus (the Roman name for Aphrodite), Venereal disease and Venus Flytrap and let’s not forget her seemingly bastard child Eros a.k.a Cupid. So much to know and so little time, but George does a nice job of giving us a brief glimpse into this complex archetype.
In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O’Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O’Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War.
From the day she emerged from the sea, Olympus was never the same. She immediately stirred up jealousy among the female Gods and lust among the males. Her entry into the books of time, was the flair Olympus needed to give it that level of scandal, thus making the Gods more human. But she became much more than that, she became someone who’s power was unquestionably bigger, when it came to matters of love, evidenced by her role in the Trojan Wars. Although meant as a light read, I for one, wanted to know more about her, but that’s were this story ends and ours begins. Aphrodite as well as the entire Olympians series, does a fine job of putting that fire up under ya and is a treasured read for all ages.
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