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Persephone: Hades' Torment by Allison Shaw

A Full Review

front cover of "Persephone: Hades Torment" published by Seven Seas

Persephone: Hades’ Torment is a full-color, oneshot graphic novel by Allison Shaw. The graphic novel is distributed by Seven Seas as part of the new Seven Seas x Hiveworks imprint, and this was the only title I wanted from that lineup thus far. I am a fan of fairy tales and mythology and new takes on those things, and that’s what this story is. Persephone: Hades' Torment is simply a retelling of Hades and Persephone, and there's lots to enjoy from this retelling.

First thing, I really love the artwork. The artwork is of a western style, and it reminds me of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s work (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds, etc.). I also really love the cover. The printing is different from the usual Seven Seas books. The binding is threaded, and the paper is thicker.

So, about the story itself. It’s fine. It's short but well told. The book moves at a fast pace because it's not dialogue heavy. There’s some smut and edge to it. There’s some sex, nudity, and heavy implications. Hence, why the book is sealed in plastic. The book is officially rated as "Older teen (15+)." Just to warn you.

Overall, I’d recommend this book. I’d like to see more of Allison Shaw’s work in print too, and perhaps, Seven Seas will make it so. If you enjoy strong female characters and feminist romances, check out the rest of Allison's work via Twitter.

back cover of Persephone: Hades' Torment

You can check out Persephone: Hades' Torment via Seven Seas or Hiveworks. Hiveworks' outward printing of the book is different from Seven Seas' version. Also, note that if you want the book digitally, spring for the Hiveworks' version as its drm-free. Finally, there's merch in the Hiveworks store so definitely check it out anyway.

What to read after Persephone: Hades' Torment:

  • Colette wa Shinu Koto ni Shita by Alto Yukimura (not licensed as of this review)

  • Love Curiosity: Hades x Persephone by Art.te (available digital only via Tapas)

  • Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe (graphic novel featured on WEBTOON has been published in print)

  • Olympos by Aki

  • Olympusville by Ron Koertge with illustrations by Alicia Kleman (accessible poetry about the Greek gods you know and love but retold in a modern college/university setting)

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