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LORE OLYMPUS VOL. 1 by Rachel Smythe

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.

Title : Lore Olympus Volume 1
Author : Rachel Smythe
Series : Lore Olympus
Format : Hardcover
Page Count : 384
Genre : Graphic Novel Fantasy
Publisher : DelRey UK
Release Date : Novembeer 2, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Micky’s 5 star review

Beautiful art with a contemporary feel
Fun, then dark and deep
Easy to love

This read was an easy win for me. I love Hades and Persephone retakes, I loved that this one was set in the contemporary. Hades struggled with self-worth issues and so did Persephone to an extent. I loved both these characterisations, the depth to the individuals and most especially their chemistry.

The toxicity of the other gods and goddesses masquerading as friends or mentors/leaders was unreal. Egos were exactly what you would think amongst the powerful of this world. I hated how that reeled out but the Cupid/Psyche side story definitely had an appeal.

There were content warnings at the beginning which I appreciated but I got so caught up in the fun of the story, that when we hit that point, it hit me in the gut. There was a sad depth to this story and I can’t wait to read on.

The art work was exceptional, I loved particularly the shades chosen for the story. Everything about this hard copy edition increases enjoyment.

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