My Webtoon Obsession Pt. 1: Lore Olympus

This year, I’ve been getting back into writing reviews on an ongoing basis. I’ve been writing bit-sized thoughts on kids books (ages 0 – 18) for the Canadian Children’s Book News which has been fun and of course, I’ve been chatting books over at Put A Blurb On It since 2017. However, the podcast began as a way to still talk about books while reducing the writing I was doing. I think my last review was for Women Write About Comics back in August 2019. Since then, I’ve avoided writing about my thoughts outside of Twitter because I spent my twenties constantly generating an opinion and having deadlines attached to those thoughts.

This is a long winded way of saying that I’d like to get back into writing these thoughts in a space that isn’t tense with expectation and where I can get loose. No deadlines. I write 1000 words or 100 words on a topic. I’ll still write formal reviews over at CCBN (Canadian focused kid lit!) but maybe get a bit experimental here.

Lore Olympus

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe, Webtoon

A few days ago, Yash (my podcast co-host and best pal) told me about a webcomic on Webtoon: Lore Olympus. I became immersed in the story and binged it all in like two days.

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.

Synopsis of Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe, Webtoon

It’s a very funny comic and as someone who was once obsessed with Greek mythology, it’s extremely my shit. I adore Hecate. She is a mood.

Hecate from Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Zeus is terrible but that’s a surprise to no one who has read Greek mythology but he’s also very funny. Grrr damn you, Zeus.

My favourite family unit is Eros, Aphrodite and Ares. I love those weirdos and Ares is particularly entertaining.

The webcomic is really good at the slow burn romance. It started back in 2018 so it’s an extremely slow burn but it was a great read and it’ll be hard to adjust to reading week-to-week. It’s a story that takes a group of the most toxic people (the Greek gods are wild!!!) but uses them to explore healthy relationships, accountability, sexual assault, mental health and so on. It’s funny and romantic but it’s also meaningful and wholesome.

I really don’t know what else to say other than to read it for yourself because it’s really good.

-A

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