Hello, friends! It’s been a while. 💖 (jk it’s been a week but it feels longer 😭) I normally share a book review every Thursday, but today, I wanted to do something different and convince you to read one of my favorite webtoons, Lore Olympus.
Lore Olympus is a webcomic about Greek gods and goddesses by Rachel Smythe, and the story follows the relationship between Persophone and Hades, starting from their initial meeting. I marathoned all the chapters in Season 1 in two days, and I’ve been (impatiently) waiting for the next Season 2 to come out!
1. It’s a fun and unique adaptation of Greek mythology! ⚡️
If you’re a fan of Percy Jackson and Madeline Miller’s books, you will love seeing all your favorite gods and goddesses come to life. Lore Olympus blends the modern world with traditional stories where the Underworld is a downtown metropolis, the gods and goddesses use cell phones and modern technology, and Poseidon wears a man bun.
2. The art is SO. FREAKING. BEAUTIFUL. 🎨
This is the perfect time to judge a book by its cover because the illustrations in this webcomic are enchanting! Rachel Smythe uses colors very deliberately in every panel, and each character has their own color that reflects their personality and overall tone of the story. Since you read the webcomic by scrolling, the lines blend together seamlessly, leading to the next panel.
3. Persephone and Hades’s romance is incredibly ~soft~ and heartwarming to read. 🥰
A grumpy Hades and a soft Persephone? Can someone say best. trope. ever? Lore Olympus explores the softer, gentler side of the two gods. Rather than an angry, dynamic depiction of Hades like in Percy Jackson or Disney’s Hercules, we have a shy, lonely king of the Underworld who sees joy and hope in the goddess of Spring.
4. The writing and characters are funny and relatable. ✏️
From the girl power friendship between Artemis and Persophone to the himbo sibling dynamic of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, much of this story will make you smile. The friendships developed in the story are so heartfelt, and watching Zeus and Poseidon drag their brother to hit on mortal women (and fail) is bound to make you laugh.
5. Season 2 begins in August! 🎬
This is the perfect time to start the entire series because the final episode of Season 1 ends on SUCH a cliffhanger, and you definitely want to be caught up before the next season starts. (also, i need friends to talk about this webtoon with).
If you haven’t read Lore Olympus yet, what are you doing?? It’s got romance, cute animals, funny characters, and so much more. I highly recommend it, and I hope you pick it up!
Content/Trigger Warnings: Cheating/adultery, domestic abuse, toxic relationships/abusive relationships, sexual assault, rape, mental and emotional abuse, verbal abuse, manipulation, anxiety, forced marriage, scene of torture, trauma/PTSD, alcohol abuse, scene of drugging