The Wicked and the Divine vol. 1 – Comic Review

“Declare me a god and crucify me.” –
Luci (The Wicked & The Divine)

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. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5       – Taken from Goodreads

I have been wanting to read these comics for over a year and a half. I saw them all over booktube and fell in love with the images in them. I actually bought one of the bind ups last year with the intention to start the series. However, I ended up buying the second volume instead of the first. About a month ago I finally picked up the first and third volumes so I could finally read them.

I brought these bind ups with me on my road trip because I figured they’d be short enough for me to have time to read while still being interesting. So, I didn’t have the highest expectations honestly. I heard from other book bloggers that the first volume was not nearly as good as the other two.

I liked it. Yes, I wanted more from it. It could be a little difficult to follow at times. But, I think that’s all a apart of trying to world build and introduce the characters. Was it the best comic I’ve ever read? No. However, I think that there is a lot that can be done with this series and I am excited to continue it. The plot line is definitely interesting. A lot happened within the first series so I can only imagine what is still to come in the next volumes.

The images in this comic are gorgeous. I think I would have enjoyed the bind up even if they took away the plot and just left the pictures. They are vibrant and beautiful. A lot of times with comics the colors are primary colors and are in great contrast with the background. This series uses the full spectrum of color. I would honestly frame some of the pages in this series and hang them in my house.

Another plus for this series is the diversity of characters. The gods were not all whitewashed. There were multiple ethnicities, genders, and sexualities. I appreciated that it was a diverse cast of characters.

I plan to start the second volume as soon as I get a chance. So, I will be able to judge if the story just continues to get better. Stay tuned for those reviews!

Do you read comics or graphic novels? Which ones are your favorites?

-Jenn

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5 thoughts on “The Wicked and the Divine vol. 1 – Comic Review

  1. Oh I’ve never heard of this one! But the synopsis sounds so interesting I think I might have to pick it up.
    I don’t read too many graphic novels myself but whenever I do read them I question why I don’t read more! V for Vendetta and Scott Pilgrim are my favourites that I’ve read so far 🙂
    What’s your favourite?

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    1. I love Scott Pilgrim as well! I think probably Walking Dead, Scott Pilgrim, or Seconds would be my favorite. I don’t think I could choose. I know right? I usually hold off on them until a reading slump because I always enjoy them and they’re fun and fast. You’ll definitely love the pictures in W&D

      -Jenn

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  2. I really, really wanted to like this gn. For one, I love Kieron Gillen as a writer. I also really enjoyed the artwork and diversity of characters (which you mentioned). But for some reason I couldn’t stand it. I don’t know if it was the story or the characters or my reading mood at the time. But it ranks as one of my least favorite gns. I should give it another go sometime…

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