The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1 by Kieron Gillen

Whenever I get the chance to read a graphic novel, I do so. It’s just so different from reading a novel and it is usually short and a quick read. Plus, amazing artwork to enjoy! Anyways, I saw this in my local library and the premise was interesting enough that I decided to give it a shot. Here is my review:

Every 90 years, 12 gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. And in 2 years, they die. Now, they have been reborn as pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Even for gods, there are consequences for one’s actions.

I went into this novel so amped but I finished it feeling disappointed. Let me start off with the positives: the artwork was so beautiful! I loved the use of colour and how every character was unique and identifiable. I also loved the premise of the story itself. Anything to do with mythology and gods will capture my interest. However, this novel really had no background to it. It was hard to piece together what was going on, and who everyone was, and why events were happening the way they were. I also didn’t really like the personalities of the gods; I get that they were reincarnated as pop stars but they didn’t need to have so much teen angst! The plot really didn’t make sense until the end… and even then, it wasn’t a satisfying end. At the end of this graphic novel, I felt confused. What was the point of it all? Was this just supposed to be a teaser for the next book? I don’t know, but I felt like I had been jerked around and not given the full story. It made me sad because the concept behind this novel was just so intriguing and it could have been executed so much better! For these reasons, I’m giving this novel a 1/5 stars. I know there are more volumes but I don’t think I will be checking them out any time soon.

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      1. I recently finished volumes four + five (review up on my side today) and am willing to buy volume six that just came out. I’m still incredibly confused, but something keeps bringing me back!

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