The Wicked + The Divine, Vol.1: The Faust Act
Author: Kieron Gillen Illustrator: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Fantasy
Release Date: November 12th 2014
Page Count: 144
Hello. My name is Maria and I have a problem…a comic buying problem. I’ve been going to Toronto Comicon as well as Fan Expo (an even bigger convention in Toronto), for about 4 years now and every year I can’t help but add more comics to my collection. I think a part of the reason I buy so many is that they are always so much cheaper at these conventions which makes buying them irresistible! I see all kinds of amazing graphic novels and comics in my recommendations pages on Goodreads and when I physically see all of them in the same place something takes over me and I just can’t help but purchase them all. However, the problem is I always take FOREVER to finally read them and I have no idea why.
I purchased The Wicked + The Divine back in September of last year at Fan Expo Canada after seeing it all over Goodreads and book tube. From what I saw it had some pretty mixed reviews, but based on the storyline and the art style alone I was definitely willing to give it a chance and I’m really glad that I did!
I found the storyline to be really original and unique. It was so interesting and I read through it so fast because I was so eager to find out what was going to happen next! The characters were all so compelling and I loved how different they were from one another. That aspect really helped in differentiating the characters from one another and in keeping track of who was who.
The story was a tad bit hard to follow at times and a lot of questions I had were left unanswered, but I’m hoping that means these questions are just waiting to be answered in later volumes. I definitely want to learn more about each of the gods individually as well as why what happens to them happens in the first place. I also want to learn more about Laura and what her place is in this story.
I absolutely love the art style within The Wicked + The Divine. I know a lot of people aren’t typically fans of a more realistic art style, but I personally think that it’s beautiful. It actually reminds me a lot of the art styles of Fiona Staples, who is probably one of my favourite comic books artists. Jamie McKelvie is definitely joining the list of my favourite artists.
I’m really fascinated with this story and I’m very eager to find out what happens next! I’m so glad that volumes 2 and 3 have already been released so I don’t have to wait too long to continue reading!