Authors/Creators: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (illustrations), Matt Wilson (colourist), Clayton Cowles
Read: June 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Comic/graphic novel
“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.” Summary from Goodreads.
I’m going to be honest – I’ve not read that many graphic novels, so I’m maybe not the best person to be reviewing them. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed the ones I have read, but that I don’t really know any good ones to read? If anyone has any suggestions please let me know! I’d like to build my collection!
Anyways, The Wicked + the Divine popped up on my recommended list on Amazon, and the synopsis of Gods being modern day pop-stars really intrigued me. What can I say? I’m a sucker for mythology.
Firstly, the art work was brilliant. The colour schemes are really vibrant and eye catching, and the drawings are amazing. Absolutely beautiful.
Unfortunately, the story-line isn’t quite as good. It’s not bad by any means, just a little confusing. There’s a lot of secondary characters that don’t get fleshed out enough, or whose powers aren’t explained well. For example, our protagonist Laura meets the Goddess the Morrigan at one point, but unless you’re up on your Celtic mythology and know that she’s technically three sisters in one person, I’d imagine you’d be really confused during their interactions. More details about a lot of the characters would have been really helpful.
And then there’s Laura herself. She’s pretty likeable, but her motivation for doing things is a bit sketchy at times? After attending a concert and meeting Luci (short for Lucifer, who has been reincarnated this time round as a young woman), who gets arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Laura starts helping by trying to figure out who the real murderer was. Who helps a person they barely know with something as dangerous as this? A bit difficult to buy into at times.
The story was interesting and fast-paced overall, but really could have been improved with more character detail and clearer explanations for stuff. If you enjoy humour and don’t mind feeling mildly confused for most of the story, and are, like me, easily distracted from this feeling by the presence of wonderful artwork and pretty colours, then this is a fantastic read.
“Please. When you’re as good as I am? This is humble.”