REVIEW: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1 – K. Gillen, J. McKelvie, M. Wilson, and C. Cowles

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

Laura is your stereotypical seventeen year old fangirl. Attends every gig, worshipping the ground her idols walk on. So it’s a good thing they’re all gods.

This is a world where the greatest rockstars are not just rock gods, but actual Gods, with a capital G, and Laura is their biggest fan.

One night, she’s front and centre at Amaterasu’s gig, when, in a state of fever pitch, she faints. Upon waking she finds herself face to face with none other than Lucifer herself, and thus she is thrown into the glamorous, and deadly, world of the gods, discovering that perhaps it’s not as wonderful as it seems.

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In The Wicked + The Divine, Keiron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson have concocted the perfect mix of cool, sardonic humour with the brutality of gods at war. This is a graphic novel for the 21st century, frequently switching between a casual discussion about sexual politics, to someone getting their head blown up.

The story largely focuses around Laura and Luci(fer), as she tries to get the latter out of jail, for a crime she didn’t commit. It’s a brave move arranging a pity party for Satan, but Gillen, McKelvie and Wilson pull it off incredibly well, and she very quickly became my favourite character; quick-witted and cocky, but one of the few gods to display true emotion. Plus she has excellent fashion sense.

I can’t go any further without mentioning the artwork, which is sublime. The explosions of colour that fill the world of the gods, contrast fantastically with Laura’s world, making it seems so incredibly depressing in comparison. McKelvie’s beautiful drawings are so remarkable I would happily spend hours fawning over them, and often found myself begrudgingly turning the page because I wanted to spend longer admiring them.

I cannot sum up in a simple review how refreshingly brilliant this series is, but can recommend it with every fibre of my being. If you love graphic novels, you need to read this. Hell, even if you’ve never read a graphic novel in your life, you NEED to read this!

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