The Wicked and The Divine Volumes 1 & 2

This is my first review for a graphic novel! I’ve been gradually getting into them but still only have a few. I recently received Volume 2 of The Wicked and The Divine as an unexpected gift, so I decided to reread Volume 1 before going onto the second, and review them both here. Since they’re graphic novels the review will probably be shorter, but I’ll be reviewing both volumes in this one post.

Hope you enjoy!

The Wicked and The Divine volumes 1 & 2

Title: The Wicked and The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act & Vol 2: Fandemonium

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie Mckelvie, Matthew Wilson & Clayton Cowles

Publisher: Image Comics Inc.

Series Status: The 1st and 2nd books in The Wicked and The Divine graphic novel series

Number of Pages: (Vol 1) 150 (Vol 2) 176

My Rating: Both rated 4//5 stars

TEXT - Synopsis

(Written on back of both editions)

Every ninety years twelve gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It’s happening now. It’s happening again.

TEXT - Review

Volume 1: The Faust Act

I remember wanting to start this series so much because of the art style. It is STUNNING. It really is the main reason why I like these graphic novels as much as I do. The drawings are really elegant looking and highly detailed, with colours used to set the scene/atmosphere.

The photo above shows the first picture you see when you open Volume 1. Just look how amazing it is!

I found the story quite interesting – there’s sort of a mix between Gods and their way of life, and crime. I wasn’t expecting the crime element, but it’s not boring at all, as I would have assumed. I do admit the story can be slightly confusing at times, since it seems to jump around a lot to try and involve all the characters. It picks up at the halfway point, and it’s easy to get caught up in the story. I will just say that there are some rude references, so this may not be suitable for younger readers.

I enjoyed this graphic novel very much. It’s a believable concept since the world is modern and just like ours – I mean, Snapchat is mentioned at one point. It’s literally just our world with this God reincarnation type issue. Once you get past the confusing parts, it’s a really enjoyable story.

Rated 4//5 stars!

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Volume 2: Fandemonium

I enjoyed this one even more than the first. It seemed to go at a faster pace, since it was dealing with the after-effects of the first volume. It carried on from the first volume at a believable rate, instead of just jumping ahead and seeming like a different story all together.

Again, the art style was just amazing. I can’t praise it enough.

I was shocked by the plot twists. Actually shocked by them. I didn’t see them coming at all. This is definitely a difference from the first volume, sine it didn’t bring out much emotion in me. But this one…ugh. At the end I literally shouted “WHAT?“, thinking there were more pages because THAT CAN’T BE THE END. 

This volume made a lot more sense, and I didn’t find myself confused at all. Part of the backstory of the Gods was revealed this time, which I enjoyed because it helped me understand the whole idea of the story.

I haven’t looked into it yet, but I’m really hoping there’s going to be a Volume 3. I’d love this story to continue on.

Rated 4//5 stars!

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Do you read Graphic Novels? Let me know!

What graphic novels would you recommend? I’m hoping to build up my collection in 2016 so I’d love to see what you guys like!

So far I have The Wicked and The Divine volumes 1 & 2, Saga Volume 1, Deadly Class Volume 1, the Beautiful Creatures graphic novel and Wolverine: Old Man Logan Marvel comic book. I’m also getting Nimona for Christmas.

So if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them ❤

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10 thoughts on “The Wicked and The Divine Volumes 1 & 2

  1. These sound fantastic! I’m definitely going to have to check them out. I’ve also been gradually getting into graphic novels lately. The first graphic novel series I ever started, and my favorite by far, is Saga (so excited you already have that on your list!) 🙂 I’d recommend trying Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley; they are both fantastic stories and the artwork is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations! I’ve heard of both before so they must be popular 🙂 I really need to carry on with Saga, I only have the 1st so far! It’s such an odd story but I love it ❤

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  2. I am slowly getting into graphic novels as well, it is really awesome to get new rec and check them out. I want to read this one so bad, the art looks fantastic.

    I have read Saga, which is fenomenal, Chew (I guess this one is not for everyone, but I found it quite unique and it is entertaining), Y the last man (I might have wrtting it wrong) the premise for this one is very interesting, I just read vol 1. Also Ms. Marvel (but this one I still don’t know how I feel about it) I liked it but the art is a bit off to me. I think they change artist with every volume, but I am still very interested in the story.

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  3. I really liked the first volume of the wicked and the divine but by the time I read the second one I had forgotten a lot of it. I have to reread them! I’ve read Saga as well and it’s def my favorite I have read hmm what else have I read…If you like zombies (isn) but don’t want to get into the walking dead because it’s like 500 volumes long I LOVE Revival by Tim Seeley. It’s not really zombies but it’s awesome. I liked Rat Queens by Kurtis Weibe and Alex and Ada by Jonathan Luna. I have a bunch of other ones on my TBR on goodreads that I haven’t gotten around to reading.

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  4. Gorgeous artwork, right? And that cliffhanger at the end of Volume 2!!!!! Mindblown. There is going to be a third volume so don’t worry about all our questions not being answered, haha. As for other graphic novels, Saga is the best! And Nimona’s great too! I also love Through the Woods by Emily Carroll which is a collection of short graphic stories (my favorite graphic novel ever), and the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, which is a middle grade fantasy series.

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    1. Oh thank god there’s a third volume because THAT CLIFFHANGER!! I can’t wait to carry on saga and read Nimona 🙂 I’ve heard of both Amulet and Through the woods before so I’ll definitely check them out!

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