The Wicked + the Divine

The Wicked + the Divine

Vol. 1, The Faust Act

Book - 2014-
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Every ninety years, twelve gods are incarnated into humans to enjoy a limited two-year lifespan, this time appearing as pop stars, and college student Laura finds herself in her midst as one of the gods is set up for murder.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Image Comics, Incorporated, ©2014-
ISBN: 9781632150196
Characteristics: volumes :,chiefly color illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKelvie, Jamie - Artist

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RebelBelle13
Mar 22, 2018

This could have been done so much better. The art was beautiful, the idea was great, but the story made zero sense. We weren't given any backstory on the characters, and everything felt jumbled and confused. When major things happened, I wasn't sure how I as the reader was supposed to feel, because I had nothing invested in the characters or the world. I file this under great attempt, poor follow through.

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AfrikaSmith
Mar 19, 2018

The story feels so confusing even if it has it's interesting moments. It breaks the pantheon god rule by adding Lucifer. Don't get me wrong, she is a interesting character. But mixing Lucifer, a fallen angel that's part of the modern religion, makes her stand out to much comparing to pagan gods. The other problem is that because Lucifer is in this story kind of feels like a different version of Supernatural in a graphic novel. But with Supernatural you have some interesting consequences do to Sam and Dean Winchester's choices along with all the other characters they interact with. But this story doesn't have any actual consequences other than a few gods starting a cult, defending themselves by killing humans, or framing a fellow god. It's kind of interesting, but it just doesn't feel like there's no real stakes being risked, especially since humans already know the existence of these gods and that these gods aren't really out to take over the world or kill every human or whatever. I got more entertainment in terms of lore and gods when it comes to Smite, and that's a free to play video game. But I will say the art work is actually kind of cool. If you like this series, cool. It's just not for me.

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Hayley_Simmons
Feb 17, 2018

Every 90 years Gods come to Earth and take the form of pop stars but they are only here for 2 years and then they die. This time though, a human has been killed by one of them and the who-done-it between the Gods begins. I do not read a lot of graphic novels but this is an interesting concept and so I thought I'd give it a read. I enjoyed it and was left wondering what will happen next as this is the first volume in the series. I believe this was just a small taste of what's to come. Also, the art work is stunning! I will most likely read the rest of the series. Be warned there is a lot of profanity and mature themes so if that kind of stuff offends you then this series may not be for you.

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xtinenichole
Dec 05, 2017

The idea is cool, but it felt like I was reading the back description all over again, over the span of the entire book. I wish I could dive into it but I got bored of it quickly. The artwork is amazing however.

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janajee
Oct 30, 2017

I read a lot of different genres, but if there's one thing that most people who know my reading habits know is that I absolutely am a sucker for stories that have different deities.

As soon as I saw this at my local library, I knew I had to read it, and I may be totally biased but I absolutely loved it. I loved that there were so many different kind of deities from different pantheons, instead of the usual Greek or even Egyptians.

They have Baal! Hardly no one ever mentions Baal!

That said, the story was a little weird, but maybe because it was just starting and the world will be built more and more as the stories continue. The art alone is worth it though because that's some beautiful artwork.

Moar moar moar!

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GeeksInTheLibrary
Oct 19, 2017

Every ninety years, the gods return to Earth in human form. They live fast, glamorous lives, and are dead within two years. This time, though, things go very wrong as one of the gods (Lucifer) is accused of murder. Kind of a cross between Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the movie Almost Famous, with lots of great twists and turns.

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ausnos
Oct 02, 2017

I tried to make some sense of what the characters were talking about, but I quickly lost interest in the so-called "story. The artwork was great though, so the single star that I am giving it goes to that and to that alone.

OatmealThunder Sep 27, 2017

The gods show up in flashbang human form every 90 years to inspire humanity. They rock, they roll, and two years later, they die. Rinse and repeat.

This time, however, something's not right. There's somebody insidious in the mix and trouble it is a-brewin'.

If you are a fan of: graphic novels, David Bowie, or mythology, give this one a try. Plus, the cover is very cool and quite the conversation starter (from personal experience).

RobertELPL Nov 14, 2016

This is an interesting take on Gods and mythology in a modern setting. I like that when the Gods return everyone knows about them and you have, essentially, two camps: those that follow and worship them (in the same light that people worship celebrities); and those that question if they are actually who they say they are. It creates interesting discussion on how we as a society would act and react in the same situation. I also enjoyed that the pantheon is heavily diverse. Going in I was expecting Greek and Norse deities, aka "the usual." Instead there seems to be more gods from the myths of cultures I've never heard of. Admittedly, this makes it both very intriguing and frustrating (since I don't know what to expect from them). The artwork is phenomenal and I can't wait to continue with the series.

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joshua7279
Sep 22, 2016

This is definitely an interesting concept. The gods are in constant rotation, very 90 years they are returned and given a few short years to play out their lives. They have a certain pop star like fame amongst the humans. The main story follows a girl who aspires to that power and fame, and Lucifer, who she is trying to get it from. The story is interesting, but it moved a bit slow (to be fair there was a lot to introduce). The art though is brilliant. The characters, the colors, its all great. Excited to see where they go in volume 2. (as a side note its not for those who would be offended by a large dose of adult language).

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Every 90 years, 12 gods return to human form and live for 2 years knowing they are gods.

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