Pandora’s Legacy was one of those books that I judged by the cover. I know! One should not do that, but sometimes (especially with graphic novels) I figured I had an idea of the fantasy, realism and levels of scary vs. thriller. I do not like SCARY. Thriller on the other hand, I am a fan of. I like intellectual thrills
Kara Leopard has a fun story taking on Greek myths. She might not follow the story a hundred percent (or at least how I had been told it) but it is an adventure worth taking. There are various retellings of Greek myths (i.e.: details changed) and this story in particular with the biggest being was it Pandora’s box or vase, but there is a very plausible explanation for that. Pandora’s story unfolds as we are told it by Prometheus (who is now in the body of a cat named Po, so yes, Po-metheus joke ahead). We learn that siblings Charlie, Janet, and Trevor are descended from Pandora herself. And they must keep the monsters in the box. Only Trevor accidentally broke it and they are running amuck. The monsters of yore having been released are causing chaos and have taken over the town by kidnapping (including the kid’s grandparents and two older siblings, who have some secrets of their own). With the help of a new friend, one special cell phone and sibling-power, we have some new heroes in town.
Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews have created some busy illustrations. The spectrum of the colors falls in to mostly dark (as much of the action takes places in the woods, dark places in town and the overall feel of the creatures, but there is light when needed. I am assuming the Matthews used the light and dark to symbolize the same.
It also seems to be a first in a series, but it has a solid ending making it a stand alone story.