Kiersten Carr


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, George O'Connor, Graphic Novel, Greek Mythology, Fantasy, Apollo

Document Type

Book Review


Apollo: The Brilliant One is a graphic novel that relates the origin story and major myths surrounding the Greek god Apollo. Narrated by the nine Muses, goddesses of arts and song, the book shows how Apollo comes into the world struggling, persecuted at birth by Hera and her rage over Leto’s affair with his father, Zeus. The slaying of the giant snake Python, the music contest with the satyr Marsyas, and some of Apollo’s many tragic love affairs are related by each of the Muses in turn, giving each tale a different voice based on a different ancient Greek art. The book stands well on its own, but is best enjoyed as part of the larger series.