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.
Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity.
After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow.
This review may contain spoilers. Turn back now if you do not want to be spoiled on all the pure awesome that is THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE.
To start – I have not read the physical volumes of this comic series. I collect the single issues but Goodreads likes to count each issue as a “book”, and if I didn’t pick the TPBs, my 75 book challenge would be a little over a 1/4th of the way complete. And that’s no fun.
I read Issues 1-10 when they first came out in 2014. Then, life was life, and I just started piling up on the other issues. I finally got back to the series this year – re-reading the first 10 issues before moving on to the next 7.
When I see reviews on this series, I see one of two types – the fanatic love reviews and the hate reviews. I’ll be in the former, because even after my re-read, I’m still completely in love with this comic.
And that’s both Kieron Gillen’s writing and Jamie McKelvie’s art. While I haven’t read too many negative things about Jamie’s art…and I mean, really:
What would the complaints be? That it’s too damn beautiful? Pu-uh-leeze!
I have heard some negative things about Kieron’s writing. Normally, others are saying that this story is too confusing or boring or blah blah blah.
It’s all noise, because Kieron’s writing isn’t boring to me. This story isn’t confusing. It’s intriguing and the characters are so easy to fall in love with, to hate, to mourn, to idolize – I mean come on, they’re fucking gods.
And both the words and the art bring this story to life; it gives it its soul, and it’s all wonderful.
Wicked + The Divine follow a fan, Laura, as she’s introduced to the gods and sucked into their lives and all the drama it brings – the good, the bad, the fans, the crazies, the pain, the fear of dying, and the death. Still, Laura loves it all, and she wants to be more than just a fan. She wants to be a god.
The gods are all pretty awesome, and I can totally see why Laura would want to be one. I will definitely admit to loving certain ones way more than others – Luci, Innana, Persephone, and The Morrigan are still my favorites, but I’m starting to dig Baal. Their life looks glamorous, very similar to how some people view celebrities, but when you get to see behind the curtains, you see all the darkness this type of life brings.
I know I said this may contain spoilers, but to avoid any more spoilers than what the BLURBs gave away, I’ll just highly, highly recommend this comic series. It’s fucking brilliant – the story and the artwork. I just love it!