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review 2016-04-20 16:37
Gods on earth with huge powers
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

 

 

The premise behind this comic collection is that gods can appear on Earth for two years with powers which they use usually for their own ends before they die. In this first volume, they tend to appear as music/rock stars in London. The plot is about murder and trying to find out which of the gods is responsible.

 

There is a fair amount of gore and it is engaging, well-written and the artwork is pretty good, reminiscent in places of Steve Dillon.

 

In the digital version, as viewed on Adobe Digital Editions, the small print is difficult to read.

 

A good read, well worth it!

 

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review 2016-03-19 22:42
Reading this series feels like watching Lost...but I've never watched Lost...
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2: Fandemonium - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

I'm kind of starting to have minor regrets about picking up this graphic novel series. I've only read two volumes but while reading each of those I felt like I sort of knew what was going on but at the same time felt like I had missed some seriously key plot points. I don't know if that's me being a bad reader or the writing being a bit too...mysterious? Coy? Inscrutable? Anyway...

 

I've been buying these volumes because any library within my reach isn't going to have them. And like all books in New Zealand they are pricy. And while I am invested enough to want to know what happens, I decided that after volume two I would borrow all future volumes to come. Or so I thought. 

 

Volume one ended on a big cliffhanger but volume two ended on an even BIGGER cliffhanger!!! Gah! Okay, moving on to actually talking about the book. We continue to follow our protagonist, Laura, who desperately wants to be in with the gods. Which really she is, more than most people. She's digging deeper and deeper into the (SPOILER if you haven't read the first volume) death of Lucifer and manages to make some headway, with the help of a newly discovered god. 

 

And then the freaking cliffhanger! Gah! What the fuck is going on? I have 42 new questions and no goddamn answers! *sigh* I shall just have to wait for the next book. 

 

~Ren

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review 2015-11-28 22:19
Pop stars are gods. What'll they think of next?
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

I don't read many graphic novels, but I picked this one up because a coworker recommended it and it sounded really cool. And it is pretty darn cool. It's not cool that the first volume ended on a cliffhanger like that (it's the second I've had do endure within the month and I am not super stoked about it) but let's not talk about that. 

 

It took me a while to really grasp what was going on in the book. The creators didn't info dump, which is nice, instead they started off telling the story like you knew what was going on, which you kind of did, and slowly filled in the gaps naturally with dialogue. I actually flipped back through the first several pages when I'd finished the book to help make sense of the smaller nuances I might have missed on the first pass. 

 

This first volume really just scratched the surface of this world where gods are reincarnated and live as glamorous pop stars and are worshiped by almost everyone. We meet a lot of characters, including Laura, the narrator, but there is so much more to learn about them! This first volume got the ball rolling, and like I said, ended on that freaking cliffhanger! I'm excited to take the dive into volume two and really see what this world is all about. 

 

~Ren

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review 2015-10-05 00:00
The Wicked + The Divine #12
The Wicked + The Divine #12 - Kieron Gillen,Kate Brown,Jamie McKelvie,Matt Wilson

Because this is a comic series, the beginning of all of these reviews is going to begin the same with a short reaction to this edition in specific at the end.

 

If you like mythology and beautiful art and celebrity things this is the comic for you. The Wicked + The Divine follows a group of gods from all the Pantheons who reincarnate once every 80 years. In this incarnation they're all musicians. You can clearly see the influences of certain stars on certain gods and goddesses, but some of the gods and goddesses don't even KNOW that they are yet. The main character is a woman of color (which I love), and the storyline feels so real, very similar to the Harry Potter world where you really felt like it could exist currently.

 

This issue: Slower than the others, but never ceases to amaze me. I think I got spoiled by reading so much Gillen/McKelvie partnerships right away because...this..this is pure magic.

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review 2015-10-03 00:00
The Wicked + The Divine #11
The Wicked + The Divine #11 - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie,Matt Wilson

Because this is a comic series, the beginning of all of these reviews is going to begin the same with a short reaction to this edition in specific at the end.

 

If you like mythology and beautiful art and celebrity things this is the comic for you. The Wicked + The Divine follows a group of gods from all the Pantheons who reincarnate once every 80 years. In this incarnation they're all musicians. You can clearly see the influences of certain stars on certain gods and goddesses, but some of the gods and goddesses don't even KNOW that they are yet. The main character is a woman of color (which I love), and the storyline feels so real, very similar to the Harry Potter world where you really felt like it could exist currently.

 

This issue: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT JUST HAPPENED I CANT EVEN AKDFJALDKFJAWEOFLKADVLASDKDGKAJDLKFAJSDLKFAJSDLFKAWEJIFJAWIEFj

like what. what. what. WHAT? what. this comic series continually blows me away like.

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