REVIEW: The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide

This volume was all about backstory for several of the gods, including Tara who up until this volume has been only mentioned by the others.

I found this volume to be really sad, to be honest, because the backstory provided for Tara, Sakhmet, and Amaterasu was really sad. Especially when it came to poor Tara, who’s story is truly the struggle so many women are force to deal with: unwanted attention from men (trigger warning: her story contains suicide). I don’t care about Woden because he’s kind of a dick anyway, and I’m not super surprised by the twist he reveals. It’s fairly obvious at the end of the day, anyway.

It was really the ending that had me freaking out and I’m so very excited to get my hands on Volume 4.

Conclusion ★★★★★


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Authors:  Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Published: February 9, 2016
Pages: 200
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 9781632156310

Synopsis: After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow.

Team WicDiv are joined by a stellar cast of guest artists to put the spotlight on each of the gods. The multiple Eisner Award nominated series continues in the only way it knows how: darker, weirder, faster. Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay.

REVIEW: The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium

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.

Conclusion ★★★★★


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Authors:  Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Published:  July 1, 2015
Pages: 168
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 9781632153272

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.

 

REVIEW: The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act

It’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve read comics, but I’ve been needing more fast, fun things to read lately and figured I’d get caught up on the good stuff. Starting off this graphic-novel binge, I chose The Wicked + The Divine from one of my favourite authors, Kieron Gillen (who’s Journey Into Mystery run gave me life).

The Story

The plot of The Wicked + The Divine is that every 90 years, a pantheon of gods assume the form of regular people who will die within two years of gaining their forms. There are non-believers of course, but for the most part the youth of the times idolize these gods in a similar way as celebrities are adored by society now. But there have been several gruesome murders, and Luci (Lucifer) is being held accountable despite insisting innocence. Her biggest fan, Laura, is now responsible for finding the true murderer and freeing her friend and idol before all hell breaks loose.

It gave me strong American Gods vibes with the flashy colours of something out of the 80s (although it’s set in modern times) and I loved every page.

The Characters

Being a comic series of less than 150 pages in this volume, there’s still a lot to learn about the several main characters – that I’m hoping to get out of volume 2. To keep it simple, I’ll just talk about Laura specifically and then the gods as a whole.

Laura is kind of hypnotic as she narrates her life. She’s lonely and just wants to be a part of something special, something important, something bigger than herself. She wants to mean something. It’s a really relatable feeling and her passion is fierce as she defends Lucifer.

The gods themselves are intriguing. It makes me want to read up on more mythology as they aren’t from a single culture. Sure, we have Lucifer of the Catholic faith, but we also have Baal, The Morrigan, Sakhmet, and even Minerva. It’s a curious combination and I’m really looking forward to learning more about all of them and how this reincarnation thing works.

The Issues

None. None at all.

Conclusion ★★★★★

I loved this. It was a lot of fun and the writing leaves enough holes in the story to make you want to continue reading, while still giving you enough information to keep from being confused. I am majorly surprised there’s been no talk of a TV series out of this one and would die to see it (even more so if Evan Rachel Wood played Luci – the two of them are identical). I’m already starting volume 2 and look forward to seeing where this series is going to go.


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Authors:  Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Published:  November 12, 2014
Pages: 144
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 9781632150196

Synopsis: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world 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.