Pretty Pictures – Now What Is Going On? // The Wicked + The Divine: Volume I by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

TheWicked+TheDivine2Title: The Wicked + The Divine: Volume I

Position: Volume One in The Wicked + The Divine

Author: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 144

Rating: 3.5/5

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world 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. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

I wanted to love this first volume, I really did – I mean, I love mythology, and it had loads of different cultures and thus diversity, not just the same old Greek/Roman/Norse/occasional Egyptian that you tend to get. It didn’t quite work for me, but I do have hope for the next volume.

I Love Mythology…

If you know me at all, you know that I love mythology, and I know a lot about some cultures, such as Greek and Roman. I don’t know every god and goddess out there, though, so this was an exciting new way to get more mythology in illustrated version, a bit like the mythology collections that first got me into the subject back when I was little and probably shouldn’t have been reading about all the affairs and killing and things that gods did.

…and I Love the Pictures…

The pictures in this book are gorgeous and lush. So many colors and pretty people and pretty hair and all that. I would love to simply just look at this book – children have the right idea with focusing so much on the illustrations and not just the words in a story.

…but What Was Going On?!

I really didn’t understand this at the beginning. There’s a tiny bit of explanation, but for the most part, you’re just thrown into the story and are expected to know what’s going on. I didn’t quite understand who the main character was – was she a regular girl who was obsessed with the gods just like most of the rest of the world, or was she something more? Which gods are alive – do new ones come back every once in a while or are there the same ones over and over again every ninety years? Is there some kind of conspiracy or is this another lush and interesting story about gods and how they operate? By the second half or so, I had a better grasp of the story, but the confusion at the beginning really took away from my enjoyment.

In Conclusion…

Even though I really struggled with this story, I have some hope for the second volume. Now that I’ve figured out the story a bit more, I shouldn’t feel quite as lost with the second volume. Either that, or they’ll throw a whole lot more at me and I’ll find myself super-confused yet again, which will be loads of fun – but I’m ever-so-hopeful, and I love mythology, so I’m chancing it anyway.




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