Review of ‘Lore Olympus: Volume Two’

Lore Olympus Vol 2 continues to build on the romance between Persephone and Hades in this unique retelling.

Storytelling

Lore Olympus: Volume 2
Rachel Smythe
Random House Worlds

I absolutely love this graphic novel. Much of what is in here is not new to me since I am a devoted reader who tunes in every Saturday, but there are bits and pieces that Smythe adds here. Smythe adds content that, unfortunately, did not make the final cut for her weekly segments for various reasons. She clearly knows where she will be taking this story, and the reader sees that. But here, this is almost like the director’s cut.

And I love that about this.

Smythe adds to the story, allowing readers to see more behind the scenes. She explores some of the other Gods in Greek Mythology and how they fit into the story of Hades and Persephone. I love seeing Artemis, Hera, and Minthe. I love seeing how Smythe brings these characters to life. Smythe gives the characters such strong voices and personalities, which is part of why the story is so captivating and addicting.

Artwork

Of course, I can’t conclude this review without discussing the artwork.

Smythe is excellent with the way she can convey the emotions and personalities of her characters through their facial expressions.

And the color is still astounding. Persephone being such a vibrant pink, stands out so wonderfully against the Underworld society. She is like a pomegranate in the dark or a cherry blossom at night. She compliments Hades’ blue coloring so perfectly.

Color means something, and Smythe uses the various meanings of color to bring her characters to life in a beautiful way.

The shading and lining all work together wonderfully to bring to life this fantastic comic.

Final Thoughts

Lore Olympus Vol 2 is a fantastic addition to the Lore Olympus series and is perfect for any fan of the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.




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