The Wicked + the Divine : The Faust Act Volume 1 Paperback
"solid storytelling and clean, gorgeous artwork will keep readers engrossed and eager for more." - Publishers Weekly (Starred) "Gillen's penchant for fast, sharp dialogue and McKelvie and Wilson's razor-lined, intensely colored visuals keep things popping up to the cliffhanger ending." - Booklist "the story is beautifully drawn and populated with characters of color, diverse gender, and sexual identities, and you have my full undivided attention." -- Kirkus Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans.
They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new, ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue.
Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Image Comics
- Publication Date: 25/11/2014
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781632150196
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Review by DanieXJ
That was definitely different, and quite the beginning of a ride.The basic plot structure of the story was that there are (sometimes 12, sometimes fewer) that come around every 90 years and take control of humans, who then live for two years before they die.Now, I know about a ton of different world mythologies and even my head was spinning with all the different and wide variety of gods from, well, everywhere. It was awesome.My favorite was Luci (i.e. Lucifer who's in a woman's body). She was also the one who got accused of murder. Her fellow gods don't seem to want to help her find out who did it, but Laura, a human (and a fan of all the gods it seems) wants to try and help find who really did it with the help of a journalist named Cassandra.It was an awesome TPB that could be read at so many different levels. And, I even loved the art. It was bold, and brash, and popped off the page. It was artistic as well, and in a way that was accessible, and not artistic in a 'hey I'm going to scratch things on a page and call it art' sort of way. It was beautiful, beautiful art.I received my copy of this book from Image Comics in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Review by apokoliptian
This is not another Phonogram installment, but has all the pop music references that spices this series. Expect to see the likeness of David Bowie, Rihanna, Marylin Manson, Jay Z and snippets of lyrics all over the dialogues.The premise is that every 90 years the gods come to Earth in the form of pop artists to point out the next routes of behaviour and culture and have a good time. Bad thing: once you are discovered as a god, you only have 2 years to live. Only this could make a good series, but they also put a crime to hotwire the book.Kieron Gillen is more cryptic in this time, spinning a tale that demands the second reading, in a Grant Morrison way. Jamie McKelvie's clean art is more mature and the colours give a good contribution to it.All in all, it is fun and left me wanting for more.
Review by Floratina
I'm not overly experienced with reading comics/graphic novels, but when I read this one was about Gods reincarnating every 90 years to have two happy years, I knew I wanted to read it.
The Gods are pop stars, immensely popular but some of them might also be killers. What is exactly going on, it's hard to tell...
I had some trouble in the beginning to understand what was going on. The story moves really fast and it took me some time to get into it. But after that, it really was enjoyable. I never quite figured out which Gods they were representing. It looks like a weird mix of all kinds of different polytheistic religions. Nevertheless, I found the story quite interesting and I want to know what else is going to happen after The Faust Act. The artwork was very bright and colourful, but I liked it. It worked great with the story.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Review by zzshupinga
Every ninety years twelve gods of old come back to live life as humans, albeit with their special powers. They are pop stars, rock stars, the elite that burst onto the scene and flame out just as quickly. They are loved and they are hated in equal amounts. But this time, there’s something different. Something has changed. And Laura maybe the key to solving everything. Or destroying the world. Only time will tell.Reading the initial description of the book, which is rather short to be honest and vague, didn’t leave me much to go on. But I saw an ad for the book and the imagery used caught my eye. The artwork is out of this world with eye popping colors that make the gods come to life as rock and pop stars. Their makeup, their hair, their faces capture your attention the moment you open the page and lay eyes upon them. And they move like beings from another world. Confident and self assured and they never look back. It really helps sell them as gods, and not just people with delusions of grandeur. The fact that they have powers also helps. As other reviews have noted, there isn’t much of a setup to why the gods come back every 90 years or who the mysterious “controller” is. But it doesn’t matter. It isn’t what we need to know, not yet at this point in the story. Instead we’re thrown right into the action from the very first page and it doesn’t let up...not even at the end. We’re following Laura, we see the world through her eyes, of the gods as living breathing humans, of power and stardom. And we see as how something has shifted, even if we’re not sure what, and we want to see Laura succeed and Luci (Lucifer) by extension most of the time as well. It’s a thrilling ride and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next volume, as we see if Luci really truly is gone...and what Laura has become. I recommend the book to any fans of the Sandman series and give the book 4 out of 5 stars.ARC provided by NetGalley
Review by NeedMoreShelves
Another graphic novel, another one I've heard raves about, with good reason. Every 90 years, twelve gods become incarnate as humans. Some people love them, some people hate them, within 2 years they are all dead. This is the story of what happens when they come back. It's a freaking fascinating idea, and the story is strong. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and the characters are complex and interesting. I feel like I'm just scratching the surface of what graphic novels have to offer, but if they are consistently this good I think I've found a new genre. This series is definitely more adult, so reader beware, but I'm hooked.
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