Title: The Wicked + The Divine (Volume 1) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles
Genre: Graphic Novel – Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Length: 144 pages
Format: Trade – Volume 1
Publication Date: November 12, 2014
Rating – 3/5
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. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5
Good evening! Today I am reviewing the first volume in The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act. This was recommended to me by one of the sales guys at my local comic store. This is a fantasy/science fiction graphic novel. The story is about a group of Gods that are reincarnated every ninety years and that live in human form for two years before dying again. In this incarnation they have been reborn as rock/pop stars with their devoted fans as their worshippers. One such worshipper/fan meets the Gods and when one of them, Luci, is framed for murder, resolves to help explore the mystery of who actually committed the crime.
I ended up giving this first volume three stars. I didn’t love it but I did however like what was given to us of the story. After reading it I wasn’t completely sure whether I still wanted to continue reading this series but I think I just might because I’m interested enough to see where this is going to go. I am wondering whether my enjoyment of the story would be impacted if I had read volume 2 immediately after finishing this one, I may actually go back and give this another read before reading that one. There was a character that I found really interesting and that was Luci. This volume more or less revolves around her.
The story was interesting and I think it could be going in a pretty promising direction. I wasn’t too into this first volume but I am hoping that the story picks up and we get more information on the world and the characters. I did find myself recognizing some of the Gods mentioned here and that was pretty interesting. It was also interesting to draw parallels to real life in this story as far as how young people, even some adults, treat celebrities like pop stars and actors/actresses as veritable Gods in their eyes. I also found myself trying to draw connections between this series and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus which I assumed upon reading the title it may be based on. I can definitely see a connection in the storyline in this volume and interested to see more. It ended up being something that I enjoyed and depending on how the story develops, I can see myself enjoying it more and more.
The thing that most stood out most to me about this graphic novel was most definitely the artwork. The artwork is absolutely stunning and I would actually pick up the next one just for the artwork alone.
If you read this graphic novel and loved it please let me know what you loved about it or even if you didn’t love it. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Overall I liked it and will pick up the next volume.