Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Every 90 years, 12 gods return to Earth, reincarnated as humans and worshiped as much as any modern day pop star by their masses of adoring fans - but only for two years, when they die, and the cycle begins again. Laura is among the fascinated crowd, mesmerized and desperate to be one of them. Until a chance encounter and near death experience brings her face to face with her idols - one of whom needs her help.

Fast paced and gorgeously drawn, the first volume in this series (collects #1-5) puts you right in the thick of the story - a small bit of backstory, and you’re on your way. Drawing from gods and goddesses across world religions, these deities are brash, complicated, and larger than life, both in presence and attitude. Laura, by comparison, is wonderfully human - her wholehearted devotion to the fandom is as recognizable as it is relatable.

Volume 1 gives the reader a quick glimpse into an interesting story with a massive cliffhanger of an ending. The series is original and enticing with the kind of “blink and you’ll miss it” action that requires a bit of attention to detail (which won’t be hard to provide at all). The artwork will draw you in (no pun intended), the characters will pique your interest, but the ending will have you checking out the next volume in a heartbeat. For a newbie graphic novel reader like myself, this series has me excited to read on.

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