Graphic Novel Review – Lore Olympus Vol. #1

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of Lore Olympus Vol. #1, the graphic novel sensation. My husband actually bought this for me for Christmas 2021, and I finally got around to reading it.

Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice.

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

This volume collects episodes 1-25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic, Lore Olympus.

Story Review
I’m sure it might not need to be stated, but this story has nothing strictly to do with Greek mythology. Inspired loosely by, maybe, but if you are a mythology addict that needs things to be exact, keep moving.

After irritating the goddess of love, Hades ends up with a trick played on him: the young goddess of spring left in his car after a party. Rather than the trickery they expect him to get up to, he simply takes care of her, and an unexpected friendship blossoms.

The story was hilarious at times, painful at others, and it struck the balance between the two perfectly. There was a lot of drama but also a lot of joy. A young goddess who has had her entire life controlled finding some freedom, and an old god who is tired and weary of being alone. They understand each other more than they realise, and more than others around them realise too. I especially loved the interactions between Persephone and Hades’s collection of dogs – the collection of dogs full stop was hilarious.

I will include a trigger warning for sexual assault / withdrawn consent (not with Hades); if you need or want more details to see if you can cope with reading this book then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Graphics Review
I really enjoyed this style of illustration. I’m still reasonably new to reading graphic novels, and have found that I enjoy a real selection of styles. These, however, were particularly beautiful, demonstrating the perfect relationship between the pinks and flowers of Persephone, and Hades in shades of black and blue.

As mentioned above, the collection of dogs is both wonderful and hilarious, and the way they are illustrated really shows their personalities. Of course, the personalities of the characters are also captured in this way too, their different colours allowing them to shine, to contrast, and combine.

Thanks for stopping by for this review today. My review of volumes two and three will also be going live at some point soon, so be sure to keep an eye out if these are sounding like your jam!



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