I mentioned in my review of The Wicked + The Divine volume 1 that it’s been a long time since I’ve read “real” comics, but with this review I want to mention that I haven’t screamed over a comic since 2013-ish. And boy did I scream over the ending of this one.
In my last review, I mentioned the American Gods vibe of the first five issues, well combine that vibe with the death count of Game of Thrones and you’ve got what volume 2 is all about. Of course, what differentiates this from what I’m referencing is the inclusion of so much diversity in race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
From what I’ve gotten so far from the way the characters – especially the gods – present themselves, no one is straight. Like, no one. Not only that but the trans character, Cassandra, is always referred to with female pronouns and terms. It may be a story of death, grief, and violence, but the inclusion and respect is truly wonderful.
This is an incredible story, an incredibly series, and I’m already devastated by the end of this second volume. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into volume 3 and continue to suffer.
Authors: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Published: July 1, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Synopsis: The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity. Includes issues 6-11 of the series, plus supplementary material.