Thursday, August 6, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine, #1-5) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles

Author: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 180
Format: E-book
Published: November, 2014
Price: $6.09 -> Rp82.459 (Amazon)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Date started: August 5, 2015 - Date finished: August 6, 2015

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
What if every ninety years, Gods took the form of a human being and became celebrities? This is what The Wicked + The Divine is all about. So, in this world every ninety years twelve Gods reincarnate into human form and became a sensation, they become pop stars, celebrities, etc. Unfortunately after two years they'll all die and won't reincarnate for another ninety years.

Here, we follow the story of Laura a human who is a big fan of the Gods, especially Amaterasu (the Sun Goddess). In this world Amaterasu is an entertainer that can captivate her audiences in a magical way. One day, when Laura saw Amaterasu's concert, she passed out of amazement. After waking up she met Lucifer (the Underworld Goddess).

Amaterasu [source]
The main story in this first volume follows the story of Lucifer and Laura. Luci is convicted of murdering a judge and got thrown in jail for it. Laura believes that Luci didn't do it, so she's trying to prove that Luci's innocent and in return Luci will give her Godlike powers. Laura believes that the other Gods did it so with the help of a reporter who is also an expert on the subject of Gods—Cassandra. They both try to prove who's behind the murder of the judge.

Lucifer [source]
Yet again it's no surprise that I really liked this graphic novel. I've always liked almost all of the graphic novels that I've read but this one is a close second to my current favorite graphic novel series, which is Saga. The artwork of this graphic novel is as divine as its title, very beautiful and it the colors pop in the eyes.

I must admit although the artwork is beautiful, the storyline itself is not the best for me (I didn't hate it but I also didn't particularly loved it). I liked getting to know the twelve Gods that are in this story, the names are quite complicated and my knowledge of mythical Gods is not the best so I had to Google some of them first to know what type of Gods they are. I particularly liked Ananke just cause she's a badass grandma God who's also the supervisor of all of the other Gods (she's like the all powerful one).

The one flaw in this graphic novel is its main character, Laura. I just can't seem to get myself to root for her, she's just too bland and forgettable (probably due to the fact that she's a human) so there's no other interesting traits of her besides that she's a good friend to Luci.

The ending was unpredictable though so that's good. Personally, it didn't catch me by surprise but it did make me want to know what's coming next on the second volume, hopefully I'll get to read it soon.

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