The Wicked + The Divine Graphic Novel Review

Posted May 22, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 17 Comments

The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Review by Lauren
Source: library copy; all  opinions are my own

Official Summary: Every ninety years,
twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two
years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear
floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new,
ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue. Welcome to
The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop
stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal,
doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
Review: I came across this graphic novel
when I was perusing one of my local libraries and I was immediately
enticed by the summary. This book follows a young lady named Laura who
is obsessed with the gods- as everyone knows that these powerful pop
stars are all supposedly real gods. Not everyone believes it, but the
story and their personas are too enticing not to notice them. When Laura
meets one of these gods, Luci (Lucifer), she finds herself seeing all
the gods close up and working to clear Luci of murder. 
Volume 1 collects the first five comics of The
Wicked + The Divine, so it’s a relatively quick read, but it’s also
fascinating and really well illustrated. I’m so excited that Volume 2
comes out in July. I loved that while our heroine is Laura, we also get
to learn a great deal about some of the other gods. They are all
larger-than-life and often overdramatic, but at the same time, you can’t
look away. They capture the mind and you simply want to know more. 
The Faust Act was a fantastic introduction to
this series and again, I can’t wait for more. The book ended with a big
twist that definitely has me excited to see where the story goes.

17 responses to “The Wicked + The Divine Graphic Novel Review

  1. Ooh, Lucifer is a woman? I love when authors and illustrators in this case shake up gender roles. Especially turning more females into badass characters. Awesome stuff Lauren, this looks brilliant. Been looking to grab a few more graphic novels for when I can't be bothered and to stop those book slumps. Lovely review and thanks for sharing <3

  2. I can totally see how they would capture the mind Lauren. The illustrations look distinct and stylized to say the least. I have not purchased a comic book or graphic novel in so long, I may have to resort to the library for this though 😉

  3. I'm not usually one to pick up graphic novels, but I really like the sound of this one, I also especially like books when they leave you wanting more in the end! Great review! 🙂

  4. Hmm, intrigued by how this works as a graphic novel. Given the synopsis I wasn't at all sure how/if it would work so thanks for your insightful review.

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