Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe is the very first webcomic with a genuine storyline that I’ve ever read. Typically, before this reimagined story of Persephone and Hades, I had only ever really read webcomics that consisted of four panels and were generally just slice-of-life sorts. While relatable, there was never really much of a story to them. But with Lore Olympus, I found an amazing story with expertly well-developed characters, an exceedingly intriguing plot, and was brilliantly well-written.
I’ve always loved Greek Mythology. And while the story of Hades and Persephone was never one that I fell deeply in love with–I was much more fond of Eros and Psyche, much more fascinated by the tale of Narcissus–diving into this story was so much fun. Lore Olympus is quite an addicting tale, dealing with some very deep topics alongside a genuinely amazing love story.
Smythe does, I’ll admit, take some liberties with Greek mythology in her reimagining. Ultimately, though, none of this really bothers me. Where I’ve always kind of been a huge fan of Apollo in my readings of Greek stories, I’m not upset at all with the way in which he is portrayed here. And I think this is all down to Smythe’s expert artwork and storytelling.
What she does with the characters here is thoroughly amazing. I absolutely adore Persephone as a character. She has such a fantastic personality and her interactions with Hades are incredibly exciting. The question of “when will they” is presented in a way that keeps readers coming back for more. I eagerly await each new chapter in this series, there’s no question about it.
Smythe truly has a gift and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us next.