Wednesday, 13 May 2015

So I Read The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act

A 250 word (or less) review of WicDiv Vol. 1
by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles; Image Comics

The Wicked + The Divine is a comic about the glorious, precarious act of being a famous creative. In the comic a pantheon of pan-cultural gods are reincarnated every 90 years. The once-human hosts of these deities are given tremendous power and fame, but there is a catch: they only have 2 years to enjoy it before dying. The modern reincarnation has styled themselves popstars, and Laura, a young fan, wants a piece of the action, fuck the consequences. WicDiv is a triumph of collaborative comics showcasing a group of talented creators at their best, working together seamlessly to create a great comics experience. The writing is top notch delivering an exciting, fun plot and dialogue that just roars off the page. This is wedded to expert artwork filled with wonderful character designs, achingly perfect character acting, excruciating attention to detail and some incredible, bold flourishes of experimental comics. WicDiv is one of the most technically complete comics I'm reading. It's also one of the most thematically dense. WicDiv uses it's lens of Pop music gods to examine life in the spotlight, the relationship between creators and fans, ancient myths, and the looming spectre of inevitable death. It's a really smart book that is a treasure trove of comics craft. The Wicked + The Divine is also a comic that's just really fucking fun: it's a comic about sexy Popstar gods! Comics this enjoyable and this well made are treasures and we should all read them before our ultimate demise. 

Word count: 250

Post by Michael Bround

WicDiv #1 and popart head-splosions
WicDiv #2 and the use of black-space
WicDiv #3 and character design

WicDiv #4 and body language 

WicDiv#5 and facial acting

WicDiv #6 and possessions as character

WicDiv #7 and the power of lettering

WicDiv #8 and the disorienting layout

WicDiv #9 and the economics of detail

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