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Olympus Overdrive is a webcomic in which the gods of Greek mythology compete to replace Zeus as the ruler of Olympus. Each deity is rebooted into the modern world and bound to a mortal companion, and together they must try to defeat the other teams. The winner immortal gets Zeus's Thunderbolt, while the winner mortal gets anything they desire. [Via]
posted by homunculus (20 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
I like how he clicks on a pop up and gets a real trojan horse.
posted by arcticseal at 5:18 PM on June 26, 2013


You really don't want to be a mortal involved in a contest between greek gods. Remember Paris' deciding which of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite was most beautiful? He got what he most desired plus two angry deities out for revenge. You'd have better luck with a genie or a monkey's paw.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:21 PM on June 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Remember Paris' deciding which of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite was most beautiful?

Boom.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:37 PM on June 26, 2013


Remember Paris' deciding which of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite was most beautiful? He got what he most desired plus two angry deities out for revenge.

None of that would have happened if they'd just been nice to Eris.

Fnord.
posted by Foosnark at 5:38 PM on June 26, 2013 [6 favorites]


You really don't want to be a mortal involved in a contest between greek gods. Remember Paris' deciding which of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite was most beautiful? He got what he most desired plus two angry deities out for revenge. You'd have better luck with a genie or a monkey's paw.

The best part is, he gets injured and returns home, and the nymph he'd been shacked up with tells him to go screw.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:57 PM on June 26, 2013


#SWAG

#SWAG

#SWAG

#SWAG


posted by FirstMateKate at 6:11 PM on June 26, 2013


None of that would have happened if they'd just been nice to Eris.

/shudder

Have you read the comic yet? Not so sure about "Nice to Eris" in this context. Meep.
posted by Archelaus at 7:12 PM on June 26, 2013


So far it's very didactic. Talk, talk, talk. Here's what's happening. Here's who I am. Nothing else is happening - is it worth going on? Where should I skip to?
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:32 PM on June 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


For a comic that mixes images, animations, and interactive scenes, the creator is much bolder than I'd expect about using similar themes and imagery to Homestuck.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 8:40 PM on June 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Man, Hades sure does look tasty. Yum.
posted by egypturnash at 9:27 PM on June 26, 2013


Where should I skip to?

More characters start showing up here and a bit of action starts here.
posted by homunculus at 9:41 PM on June 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


The site is just about unusable with javascript turned on.
posted by idiopath at 11:39 PM on June 26, 2013


So, does my homegirl show up in this?
posted by taz at 3:31 AM on June 27, 2013


> For a comic that mixes images, animations, and interactive scenes, the creator is much bolder than I'd expect about using similar themes and imagery to Homestuck.

That vaguely crossed my mind, but any fantasy narrative that mixes real-life narrative, parallel universes and one or more historical mythos are going to end up more alike than different -- when anything can happen, it actually kind of limits the range of stories you can write since as a writer you want to avoid the most likely outcome of any conflict: a closed spiral of infinitely escalating explosions. So I guess the answer is to roll with it and don't get hung up on who did what first.
posted by ardgedee at 5:17 AM on June 27, 2013


That vaguely crossed my mind, but any fantasy narrative that mixes real-life narrative, parallel universes and one or more historical mythos are going to end up more alike than different [...]

I see what you mean, but this feels like there's more going on than just an inevitable overlap in theme/narrative. If it were just things like the Eris character sort of resembling Vriska I could chalk that up to both of them drawing from a common archetype, but there are so many style/formatting choices that are uncomfortably alike - the look of the "loading" icons, the symbols used to identify the various "otherworldly" characters, the use of IM conversations and video game style to advance the plot ... when taken altogether the similarities seem less than coincidental and I was even looking for an 'about' page with some sort of shout-out to Homestuck on it. Of course, to be fair, I haven't read all of the linked tumblrs and blogs so maybe there is a nod I just didn't see ... maybe?

Either way, I've read through it all now and haven't yet gotten hooked - I hate it when emotion feels forced, so the sudden "friendship" between Hades and his mortal was a little off-putting - but there's enough there to give it a while longer. The overall idea is a fun one, eyeball thing was rather creepy/interesting, and I got a chuckle out of the "Brolympus" line; hopefully the story will continue to come into its own over time.
posted by DingoMutt at 8:14 AM on June 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just goes to show there's no theological problem so subtle or far reaching that it can't be solved by a martial arts tournament.
posted by happyroach at 8:23 AM on June 27, 2013


So, does my homegirl show up in this?

Not as of yet, but it looks like the story still has a long way to go.
posted by homunculus at 9:53 AM on June 27, 2013


Well, this is certainly a lot easier to start reading than Homestuck is.

I know nothing of Homestuck because its beginning is unreadable (to me).
posted by yonega at 3:26 PM on June 27, 2013


I've only read a bit of Homestuck (though I saw a shitload of Homestuck cosplayers last weekend, it is apparently very popular with kids in the "get off my lawn" age segment) but I think there's an interesting thing happening with webcomics at the moment that it sort of started. Or maybe it was Problem Sleuth that started it. Problem Sleuth is pretty great. But there's this level of interactivity and format shifts that is sort of natural for stuff like MS Paint Adventures and this comic that it seemed like Scott McCloud was attempting to invent but never quite getting. It's great fun to watch!
posted by NoraReed at 2:09 AM on June 28, 2013




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