There are few comics which are as quirky and godly as Kieron Gillen’s The Wicked + The Divine. This Volume has everything you need to dive head first into the tale of reincarnated gods. The whole thing plays out like a mature young adult comic complete with brash dialogue and innuendo.
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.
I really enjoyed the artwork of this comic. For me, it carried the piece. The art captured the essence of myths such as Morrigan and Lucifer. The writing leaves something to be desired. The plot is simple, gods take over humans and make a fuss for two years before they meet their demise. The one benefit of the plot is that it shows how different personalities deal with impending doom. Unfortunately, the entire story seems somewhat pointless. There is no quest and it amounts to a lot of infighting.
As any comic volume, it is an incredibly easy read. I personally did not find much to like about The Wicked + The Divine. The young characters only served to undermine the loose plot as they were hampered by parents. Ultimately, the art is worth giving it a once over but the story is so much less than it could have been.