Graphic Novel Review: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1 - The Faust Act

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles
(Started: January 01, 2016; Finished: January 02, 2016)

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. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5. (From Goodreads)

Review: 4 stars
Publication Date: November 12, 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought at Comic Odyssey in Fullybooked
Shelf: Goodreads

I remember visiting Comic Odyssey in Alabang Town Center and one of the staff recommended this series to me. So I ended up buying the first volume. I love mythology and I guess that's what drew me to read this graphic novel. As I turned the first page, I was really impressed by its art. Every page shines through because of it. It was too beautiful and hypnotizing, I swear.

Plot-wise, I feel like I was lost and I had a hard time connecting to the story. Perhaps, it's because of the slow characterization and there was no proper introduction. It just started and I had no background of what was happening. It felt confusing after a while but I'm giving it a chance because it might be elaborated in the next volume. I could see it as a teaser of a bigger story or picture. It was also different from what I expected. I thought it would be about the typical, traditional gods and how they are as immortals. But for now, I will leave it as something beyond that in which I still don't understand.

Overall, I will give this 3 stars because I want to still give it a try and the art was just too wonderful for words. I think, that was its saving glory.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx

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