The Wicked + The Divine
Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐
"Every 90 years or so, twelve gods incarnate in the bodies of the young. They are charismatic and brilliant. They stand before crowds, speak in tongues, and send them into rapture. They’re rumored to perform secretive miracles. They save people’s lives, either metaphorically or literally.
They are loved. They are hated. They are brilliant.
Within two years, they’re dead."
The Wicked + The Divine is a completed fantasy graphic novel series by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
This started off so well. I really liked the first volume, and then my experience plummeted after that.
The first fatal mistake this made for me was with the direction of a certain character that I was not expecting nor did I like. The second mistake was making the least interesting character the MC. I didn't think it was a good idea to make an angsty teen with anger issues the focus of the story. Tie that in with a plot that just became incredibly boring and you have a recipe for disaster.
When you get to Vol.3, I also found that there was a decline in illustration quality. The illustrations in the first two volumes were a very crisp and realistic form of digital art, but then it shifts to different styles and I didn't think they looked anywhere near as good as the original style. I get that every artist has their own medium and style, but don't give me really realistic illustrations at first and then go abstract. It just didn't do anything to add to the experience.
Overall, the series hovered around a 3-star rating as it was boring at best and this was simply just a let down.