PSYCHE & EROS: Graphic Novel Review

Psyche & Eros The Lady and the Monster Graphic Universe Book

Psyche and Eros: The Lady and the Monster is a spellbinding graphic novel that takes readers on a wondrous journey through the tumultuous love story of the beautiful mortal Psyche and the enigmatic God of love, Eros. As soon as you open the pages of this captivating book, you are immediately transported into a world filled with mythical inspiration, divine intervention, and heart-stopping passion.

In this Psyche & Eros graphic novel review, you will clearly see some of the amazing artwork that truly is a feast for the eyes. Plenty of the comic panels in the book are beautifully detailed, bringing to life the ancient world, otherworldly palaces, and majestic beings that populate the world of Psyche and Eros.

Psyche the great Beauty visits a Temple

When you first lay eyes on Psyche, you can’t help but think, “Wow, that beauty sure knows how to rock a toga!” The characters in this graphic novel are not only exquisitely drawn, they’re practically popping off the page with emotion and expression.

This graphic novel is a fantastic retelling of the timeless love story of Psyche and Eros, which I consider to be one of the Top 10 Inspirational Greek Myth Love Stories. There may be some slight deviations in this particular Psyche and Eros story, but ultimately, who cares?

Even if you’ve heard this tale a million times, this excellent retelling of Psyche and Eros is going to be worth your time. Trust me, it’s pure mythological magic!

Psyche, the most beautiful woman in Greece

The retelling of this classic myth is done with such finesse and creativity that it feels as if you are experiencing it for the first time. The narrative is expertly paced, keeping you on the edge of your seat with each twist and turn.

Legend has it that Psyche’s beauty was so mesmerizing that even the blind could sense her radiance. Passersby would halt in their tracks just to catch a glimpse of her, causing quite a stir in the city streets.

Beautiful Psyche has many Admirers

But it wasn’t just mortals who were smitten by Psyche’s looks. The Goddess of love herself, Aphrodite, couldn’t handle all the attention Psyche was receiving. She even developed a fear of losing her crown as the most beautiful being in the universe (gasp!).

Desperate to maintain her title, Aphrodite planted the seed of jealousy in the heart of her son, Eros, the God of love.

Angry Goddess Aphrodite complains to her son Eros about Psyche

Well, if I have one minor gripe about this book, the artist’s portrayal of Aphrodite could have been better. It seems as if the artist has captured the goddess’s diva side, but let’s face it, she looks like a real ‘Greek’ drama queen!

Perhaps the illustrator was going for an ‘ancient goddess meets modern realism’ vibe, but either way, it certainly spices up the darker side to the epic love story. The look of Eros is also a bit of a hit and miss on occasion.

Eros and Psyche: Love at First Sight

Eros, the God of love, went to see Psyche and she turned out to be the most stunning mortal he had ever laid eyes on. As the God of love laid eyes on her, he somehow stumbled and somehow managed to strike himself with one of his own love arrows.

Eros falls in love with Psyche after seeing her

From that moment on, Eros (aka Cupid) was a goner. He fell head over heels in love with Psyche, and there was no turning back. After all, how could a God resist such a beautiful woman? From that point on his heart belonged to Psyche, and there was nothing he could do about it.

Is Psyche cursed?

As Psyche’s radiant beauty continued to shine brightly without a suitor in sight, rumors began to swirl in their town. Whispers of curses and divine retribution filled the air, leaving her parents in a state of panic. Their anxiety only grew as they compared Psyche’s single status to that of her older, less attractive sisters who had already found husbands.

Was Psyche somehow cursed? Had they offended the Greek Gods in some way, unknowingly inviting their wrath upon their beloved daughter? The family was left scratching their heads, trying to unravel the mystery of Psyche’s unmarried state.

Parents of Psyche discuss her marriage problem

Little did they know that her beauty was so dazzling, it had caught the eye of someone far more powerful than any mortal suitor.

Father of Psyche consulting the Oracle

Psyche’s father, feeling perplexed and at his wit’s end with his daughter’s marriage fate, knew there was only one place to turn to for guidance – the Oracle of Delphi blessed by Apollo.

With hope in his heart and a healthy amount of skepticism in his mind, he made the journey to consult the all-knowing Oracle. Upon arriving at the mystical temple, he was greeted by a haze of incense and the echoing whispers of prophecy.

With trembling hands, he presented his question to the Oracle – “What should I do about my daughter, Psyche?” Well, that’s what often happens in other similar Greek myths told – however, here the Oracle is all-knowing.

The Oracle scene in Psyche & Eros The Lady and the Monster Graphic Novel

The Oracle, in all her enigmatic wisdom, took a deep breath and began to channel the spirits of the ancient Gods. There was only one thing for Psyche’s father to do. Psyche had to be taken to the top of a mountain and left alone there.

Psyche gets taken to the top of a mountain cliff

Eros and Psyche: The Lovers

In a realm beyond mortal comprehension, Eros, the God of love, was totally captivated by Psyche. Enchanted by her radiant spirit, he soon whisked her away to his celestial palace atop Mount Olympus.

But amidst the splendor of his divine abode, Eros issued a peculiar decree – Psyche must never lay eyes on him. It was a mysterious and enigmatic command, shrouded in secrecy and intrigue.

Eros tells Psyche never to look at him

With each visit, Eros showered Psyche with love and affection, their bond growing stronger with each whispered promise and tender embrace. Yet, the enigmatic veil that surrounded him only deepened her curiosity and desire to unveil the truth behind his masked countenance.

Psyche and Eros: Graphic Novel Review

I will now conclude my review of the Psyche and Eros graphic novel, leaving you with a sense of intrigue. I trust that this brief insight may ignite your curiosity and compel you to explore the captivating story further. If you choose to delve into the pages of the Psyche and Eros graphic novel yourself, get ready for a captivating journey through the intricacies of love, beauty, romance, and madness!

Will Psyche and Eros make it through all the drama and chaos to reach their fairytale ending? Will they outwit meddling Gods and thwart pesky obstacles in their quest for true love? The only way to unravel the mysteries of this epic love story is to grab a copy of the graphic novel and dive into their world of passion and adventure.

But wait, there’s more! As you flip through the pages of the 45-page graphic novel, don’t forget to check out the bonus content at the end – a handy glossary and pronunciation guide to help you navigate the ancient world of Psyche and Eros.

So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on a copy of the book and be swept away by this timeless tale of love, destiny, and a touch of divine intervention. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down until you uncover every twist and turn in this captivating retelling of the classic myth.

The last image of Psyche and Eros (Cupid) shown in this review where Psyche says “If the Gods will it, I am content” is found on page 21 of the graphic novel. With the story continuing on to page 45, there is still much to unravel and explore within the pages of this fascinating graphic novel.

Psyche and Eros: The Lady and the Monster

I’d rate this Psyche and Eros graphic novel a solid 7/10, just like the 7 arrows of love Eros famously wields. The cover is so beautiful, it’s like Aphrodite herself designed it.

Okay, I have to give credit where credit is due. Marie P. Croall (story) and Ron Randall (pencils and ink) are the names on the front cover of the graphic novel, so I suppose they have to be given the biggest credit for creating the Graphic Universe: Psyche and Eros: The Lady and the Monster: A Greek Myth graphic novel.

Fun Fact: You probably didn’t notice this, but as I held the enchanting Psyche and Eros graphic novel in one hand in the carefully curated feature image at the very top and bottom, there is an unexpected surprise. Nestled behind the black bar fence stands a majestic statue of Aphrodite!

Overall, I love the Psyche and Eros story, but this graphic novel did have a few quirky moments that made me raise an eyebrow. Despite that, it’s a juicy read that’s visually stunning – it’s basically the love story of Cupid and Psyche brought to life in the most fabulous way possible!

Check Availability and Pricing of Graphic Novel: Psyche & Eros: The Lady and the Monster: A Greek Myth

Graphic Universe offers an impressive assortment of Greek mythology graphic novels that are sure to captivate readers. I have also done a review of Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa’s Head – another Graphic Universe book worth checking out.

Eros (Cupid) in Movies and TV Shows

If you are interested in the Greek God of Love, Eros (also known as Cupid in Roman mythology), then you won’t want to miss out on the enchanting world of Cupid in cinema and television. Make sure you check out the 10 Best Cupid Movies and TV Shows, where passion and romance intertwine often with some divine mischief. The exquisite Psyche must be featured in at least one of them.

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Psyche and Eros Graphic Novel Review