The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie , Matt Wilson , and Clayton Cowles
Genre: Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy
Avg. Goodreads rating: 3.84
I’m trying to branch out and read more graphic novels this year. I’ve always sort of discounted them in favor of manga series because I associated graphic novels with comics, and comics with super heroes- a topic I have zero interest in. Until recently, I hadn’t heard of many series that didn’t include them
I’ve read the first volume of Saga and enjoyed it even if it’s a little too sci-fi for me at times. When I heard there was a graphic novel series about mythological gods and goddesses as pop idols I was very intrigued. I ordered The Faust Act on a whim without looking into it any more than that.
The first thing that jumped out at me were the vivid, in-your-face colorful frames throughout the book. I want half these pages as full size posters for my room. The art style is to die for and it’s easily my favorite thing about it so far.
The plot can be very confusing at times (a complaint I’ve seen across many other reviews) but it’s a cool concept and I’m interested in what’s going to happen next. Every 90 years, twelve gods are reincarnated as pop idols where they live in the spotlight, loved and hated until they die two years later and another cycle begins.
The cast of characters is memorable and diverse. I want to get to know more about everyone with maybe the exception of the main character who acts as a plot navigator for the audience. She’s a little one dimensional so far (that may change as the story goes on of course) which is my biggest complaint here.
More than anything, I feel excited to have found a graphic novel series that is so striking and really makes me appreciate the craft. Sorry in advance to my wallet as there’s still five more multi-issue volumes I need to get my greedy little hands on.