The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Review by Lauren
Source: library copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new, ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, 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.
Review: I came across this graphic novel when I was perusing one of my local libraries and I was immediately enticed by the summary. This book follows a young lady named Laura who is obsessed with the gods- as everyone knows that these powerful pop stars are all supposedly real gods. Not everyone believes it, but the story and their personas are too enticing not to notice them. When Laura meets one of these gods, Luci (Lucifer), she finds herself seeing all the gods close up and working to clear Luci of murder.
Volume 1 collects the first five comics of The Wicked + The Divine, so it’s a relatively quick read, but it’s also fascinating and really well illustrated. I’m so excited that Volume 2 comes out in July. I loved that while our heroine is Laura, we also get to learn a great deal about some of the other gods. They are all larger-than-life and often overdramatic, but at the same time, you can’t look away. They capture the mind and you simply want to know more.
The Faust Act was a fantastic introduction to this series and again, I can’t wait for more. The book ended with a big twist that definitely has me excited to see where the story goes.