Review: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.

Summary

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. 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.

My thoughts

I’ve been eyeing this series since the very first issue was published and was patiently waiting for the first volume to come out because I just knew I had to get this in print to be able to fully appreciate the stunning artwork of this. And the wait was totally worth it.

The artwork

I wanted to give this one 5 stars for the artwork alone! It’s truly stunning and I can’t stop looking at it. I was a bit disappointed that the cover is not one of the amazing, colorful ones that the single issues got but it’s still pretty awesome.

Matt Wilson sure knows what he is doing. He did an amazing job coloring those panels. I’m usually pretty quick with reading comics and don’t spend too much time looking at the picture, but I did take my time with this one. Every single panel is an eye catcher with its vibrant colors. I felt like tearing out the pages and pinning them to my wall. Those explosions of colors fit the story perfectly.

The story

I totally dig the concept of this comic: Gods being pop stars! When you think about how fans idolize pop stars, I wonder why no one came up with an idea like that sooner.
I do like reading about gods in general though and the additional bonus that these pop stars won’t live forever made this even better. I loved reading about their background stories as well as who they are in the present.
This is such a fun idea and the plot drew me in right from the start. Especially because the main character is a die-hard fan of these gods and is pretty much the ultimate fangirl and therefore so relatable.

That I didn’t give this all 5 stars in the end was because it still felt like too much of an introduction and besides the end (OMG! WHAT!? WHY!?) it felt a lot like we first need to get to know all these different gods (diversity for the win!) before we can start with the really exciting plot. The story picks up at the end but I’m pretty sure it can get a lot more thrilling in the next volume, especially after that unexpected ending that I’m still very shocked about.

Overall

Overall I enjoyed The Wicked + The Divine A LOT and can’t wait to read the next volume. I’m pretty sure the next one is going to be even better.

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  • I totally agree that everything felt a bit like an introduction – but the creators did promise that this would change after the first act, so there’s hope. In any way, it’s always worth reading for the art. :D And Laura’s hair.
    (Btw, if you haven’t checked out Young Avengers yet: the second run was created by exactly the same team, so you get all the humour, diversity and art all over again; and you don’t have to know the first run to get along with the story. Also, there’s much less of an introduction. xD)

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