• Sarina Bosco

Lore Olympus, Volume I | Rachel Smythe

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

Read If: you loved mythology as a kid (and as an adult), you want to get into graphic novels but don't know where to start.

A cute little book! Like many readers, I came across Smythe's graphic stories when they were just bits and pieces.

Greek/Roman mythology were some of the first stories that truly drew me to reading, so I have a soft spot for them, for sure. I also happen to love the story of Persephone and Hades in particular.

That being said, Smythe takes a very different view of Persephone and Hades. Not only is it more modern (the images show cities, Persephone lives in an apartment, Hades has an insane house and stylish car/wardrobe), the personalities of the characters feel simplified - but not in a bad way.

Actually, they're kind of relatable - at least for a girl who also navigated "single" life living on her own (with wiser friends) and encountering a few "bad boys" (read: sad boys) here and there. There are a few moments that are eye-roll worthy, and don't expect anything like an epiphany coming out of this graphic novel, but it's a great, quick, light read.

Current favorite: Eros and his sad boy enthusiasm are really doing it for me.

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