Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: 12 November 2014
Series: The Wicked + The Divine
Every ninety years twelve Gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It's happening now. It's happening again.
Combining mythology, pop stars, and a PHENOMENAL art style, The Wicked + The Divine is an intriguing and mysterious story about pop star God's, and their crazy antics.
Twelve Gods from Japanese, Jewish, Sumerian, Roman, Irish, Egyptian, Norse, Greek, and English mythology - The Pantheon - return to earth every ninety years as young people, becoming influential people within society. They are both loved and hated, with their existence steeped in controversy. But this isn't enough to keep Laura from attending all their appearances. When she's invited by Lucifer to meet Amaterasu, Laura gets a lot more than she bargained when Luci apparently kills a judge during her trial. Determined to help her new friend, Laura must track down other members of the Pantheon in order to find someone to help Luci. But there's a lot more to being a God than meets the eye...
I admit, I was totally lost and confused for a majority of this book (I ended up having to reread the first half). And even though I still don't really know who the characters are and what was going on during this first volume, I actually really enjoyed how this first volume panned out. Yes, I had no idea what was happening while I was reading it, but since finishing, I've been able to grasp an understanding of some of the things that happened.
And that cliffhanger?! If this first volume hadn't ended how it did, I'm not sure I'd feel like continuing on. But that cliffhanger just has me wanting more and I can't wait to pick up the next volume. If you're a bit iffy on the story, read until the end because it's totally worthwhile!
Like many people who have started on this series, I just ADORE the art style! It's so bright and vibrant. Again, if you're a bit iffy on the story, just read it for the art style, because (again) it's totally worthwhile!
Like I said, I was lost for a majority of the story, so there were aspects that I didn't enjoy that much. But I feel it's mainly due to no really knowing what was going on. I think this is mainly due to being launched into the story, and being expected to already know about these characters. I felt like we were missing a volume that explained who each of the characters were and their storylines. References were made to various Gods, and I really had no idea who they were within the story, or why they were important during that moment.
Overall, despite the few issues I had, I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to continue on with the rest of the series. If you enjoy mythology, this is definitely something you should check out, and it's also a great starting point for getting into graphic novels. Again, just pick up this first volume for the art style if it's not really what you're into!