‘Persephone:’ Hardcover Review

To say that this comic is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone doesn’t really do it justice. That’s what it is at its core, but the story ends up being so much more than that. With this comic, writer Loïc Locatelli Kournwsky has created an entire world, rooted in Greek myths, but also very much its own entity—and fascinating to read.

The realms of the Underworld and the Overworld become two cities, Hades and Centropolis, connected by magic. Years ago, there was war between them, but now there’s a tenuous peace, mainly brought about by their complete isolation from one another. The war was ended by Demeter, a powerful mage who sealed the gate between their realms for good.

Now, 15 years later, Demeter’s teenage daughter, Persephone, has grown up in the aftermath of that war. Much of went on in those days remains a secret, but she still lives in the shadow of her mother’s legacy and yearns to go her own way, rather than follow in Demeter’s footsteps. Then, one day, a warrior from Hades finds a way into Centropolis and kidnaps Persephone, bringing her back with him and trapping her in the other realm, possibly forever.

If you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you probably recognize the story at least somewhat up to this point. But this comic is anything but predictable. It takes familiar characters and gives them new dimensions, then builds on that to do very different things—that are still true to the original myth at their core.

This world building is further accomplished by the artwork, also by Kournwsky. Its very distinctive 1950s style shows us the worlds of Hades and Centropolis in all their glory, from the lush, thriving cities they once were to the consequences of the ravages of war.

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, and particularly if you know the original story of Persephone and Demeter, you’ll likely enjoy this new take on it. But even if you don’t know the original story, you’ll still be able to appreciate this comic on its own. It’s a fascinating story filled with exciting and engaging characters, which will take you on an amazing ride. Fan of mythology or not, if you love fantasy/adventure comics, you’ll love Persephone.


Creative Team: Loïc Locatelli Kournwsky (writer and artwork), Edward Gauvin (translator), Deron Bennett (lettering)
Publisher: Archaia
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