Review | Lore Olympus S1 – Rachel Smythe

Today I have a bit of a different review for you all! As you may know, I love reading graphic novels. And you can find a lot of amazing stories online in the form of webcomics. These are just graphic novels or comics but you can read them online, often for free! I use Webtoon to read webcomics and my current favorite is Lore Olympus. Last weekend I finished the first ‘season’ of the story and I figured that would be the perfect moment to write a review. So let’s dive in!

Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.

The main story in Lore Olympus is the story of Persephone and Hades and Rachel Smythe writes it incredibly well. The mortal realm still has a old Greek setting while the realm of the gods, Olympus, has a very modern setting. We meet a lot of important characters from Greek mythology and all of their stories are intertwined.

I know a little of Greek mythology but not that much. This webcomic does a great job of telling the stories, whether you know a lot about them or not. I’m not sure how people who do know a lot about mythology feel about it, but from what I can tell these characters act in line with what you’d expect from them.

The first season is made up of 115 episodes, which sounds like a lot but you can go through them pretty quickly. A new episode releases every week and season 2 just started. I was so happy I was able to read the first season without having to wait and I think I’m going to wait a while before continuing with the second season haha.

The art in this webcomic is amazing! I really enjoy the style and I think the colors the author uses are amazing and fit the story very well. Some of the gods sound very similar but I think the author did a great job in drawing them in a way so you can see who’s who very quickly. Another amazing thing about this webcomic is the addition of music to some of the episodes. That is so well done and such a cool concept!

Persephone

Zeus, Hades & Poseidon

If you know anything about Greek mythology this won’t come as a surprise, but the story deals with some heavy topics that could be triggering for some people. Sexual trauma is a pretty big element in this story but the author does a great job in alerting the reader to the episodes which have to do with these triggering elements. This way you can skip the episodes you want and still enjoy the rest of the story. I think she handles that very well! In my opinion she handles the subject matter very well also, and I definitely cried a couple of times.

At this point I’m not sure how much seasons or episodes this story is going to be but I sure hope it’s going to be awhile before we have to say goodbye. I really like these characters (although I also DESPISE a couple of them) and I love the way this story is told. If you like graphic novels, I would highly suggest checking out this one!

4 thoughts on “Review | Lore Olympus S1 – Rachel Smythe

    1. It really is! Such pretty art. Definitely happy to see so many people enjoying this <3

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