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.

 

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