A new prophecy and a dangerous new quest await Percy Jackson and his fans in this third adaptation of the successful book series by Rick Riordan. Percy and his friends Annabeth and Thalia answer the satyr Grover’s distress call; he’s in trouble on his quest to seek out a pair of half-bloods. The trio learns by way of manticore-battle that they aren’t the only ones on the hunt for their fellow demi-gods. The titan lord Kronos has hatched a plot that includes an ancient monster capable of destroying Olympus, so once again our heroes struggle against impossible odds. The heroes gain two new allies, the Di Angelo siblings, but Annabeth is lost in the battle. Turns out, she’s not the only one to go missing: the goddess Artemis also vanishes, prompting Percy and the Hunters of Artemis to seek them out together. Adding to the tension are Percy’s feelings towards Annabeth, the fact that Artemis was the only one capable of hunting the ancient monster, and a looming deadline of the Winter Solstice that, if missed, threatens to destroy their missing loved ones.
Fans of the book series may find more bones to pick with this adaptation than the previous two. While the cover art is powerful and impressive (like covers should be), featuring Percy, Thalia, and Nico Di Angelo and their respective “Big Three” (Poseidon, Zeus, Hades) fathers looming above them, the story art suffers greatly from one distraction—the depiction of Thalia. Warning: Her androgynous appearance may cause symptoms such as mild irritation, increased stress, confusion, and disappointment. At times I wondered if artist Attila Futaki was confused about Thalia’s intended gender, and it’s a shame these ambiguities slipped through the editorial process. As with any adaptation, distilling a several-hundred-page story while remaining true to it can be tricky, but most of the highlights from the original were kept, and Venditti is to be commended. At times the plot felt rushed, and I’m sure a few will find fault because a favorite scene or two was trimmed in order for the story to be packed into the comics medium. Overall, though, the Titan’s Curse is an enjoyable installment in the Percy Jackson franchise.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Titan’s Curse
by Rick Riordan; Adapted by Robert Venditti
Art by Attila Futaki
Hyperion Books, 2013
Publisher Age Rating: 10+