The Wicked + the Divine

The Wicked + the Divine

Vol. 1, The Faust Act

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2014]
ISBN: 9781632150196
Branch Call Number: GN GILLEN 2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm


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RobertELPL Nov 14, 2016

This is an interesting take on Gods and mythology in a modern setting. I like that when the Gods return everyone knows about them and you have, essentially, two camps: those that follow and worship them (in the same light that people worship celebrities); and those that question if they are actually who they say they are. It creates interesting discussion on how we as a society would act and react in the same situation. I also enjoyed that the pantheon is heavily diverse. Going in I was expecting Greek and Norse deities, aka "the usual." Instead there seems to be more gods from the myths of cultures I've never heard of. Admittedly, this makes it both very intriguing and frustrating (since I don't know what to expect from them). The artwork is phenomenal and I can't wait to continue with the series.

AL_JOSHUAS Sep 22, 2016

This is definitely an interesting concept. The gods are in constant rotation, very 90 years they are returned and given a few short years to play out their lives. They have a certain pop star like fame amongst the humans. The main story follows a girl who aspires to that power and fame, and Lucifer, who she is trying to get it from. The story is interesting, but it moved a bit slow (to be fair there was a lot to introduce). The art though is brilliant. The characters, the colors, its all great. Excited to see where they go in volume 2. (as a side note its not for those who would be offended by a large dose of adult language).

AL_CODY Aug 03, 2016

A pantheon of gods return every 90 years. Now is that time.

Amazing art depicts a varied realm of gods re-incarnated every ninety years for only 2 years before they die. Or sooner. Only certain teens are chosen, purposes as yet unknown, as this first book is mainly an introduction to the whole concept. One teen, Laura is especially drawn to David Bowie look-alike Luci--short for Lucifer, and it is through Laura's eyes that the story thread continues. Edgy, sinister, violent and erotic.

Aug 11, 2015

i caused water damage on one of the copies and purchased another one for the library. hope this addition can be enjoyed by all!

Mar 28, 2015

Good stuff. Pretty sweet premise, and the storyline didn't disappoint. The set of characters is pretty diverse as well, but not in an eager to please everyone way, which is always a plus in my book.

KateHillier Mar 02, 2015

I really, really love this comic. Inventive, snappy, wonderful to look at, and you just can't put the thing down. I've been reading issue but issue but reading the first five issues again back to back was every bit as awesome as the first time I read them.

There are gods. They materialize (as in they are awakened in living humans) and then are dead in gone in two years until the next ninety years are up ant it all starts again. The gods this time around are living as pop stars and artists for the most part and some are more traditional in appearance than others but then there's Luci - a.k.a Lucifer. Luci is on the hook for a murder that she did not commit and while the pantheon is not being very helpful one girl, Laura, is convinced that she is innocent. There's a lot of groundwork being laid here but it is fun groundwork and the last two or three pages of the last issue. Whoa.

forbesrachel Jan 22, 2015

Divinely wicked! Every ninety years, a group of individuals are born to be loved and feared, becoming the pop culture icons of their time. They are Gods, and they are screwed. Any human who becomes one of these deities has a personality that reflects on the stories from that mythology or religion. As a god, they all have an extreme demeanour, miraculous powers, an all-or-nothing lifestyle, and an appearance which sets them apart, but there is still more to them than that. Laura, a normal girl who idolizes these gods, "befriends" Luci (aka Lucifer) who is being accused of murder. Even without any evidence to the contrary, Laura believes in Luci's innocence and tries to help. Society's skepticism has created the perfect opportunity for a frame job. Despite being the Devil, Luci has a thoughtful nuance to her; her fear of death most reveals the human quality still inside her. While the mystery drives the story forward it is the characters, their thought-provoking situation, and the art which enthrall us. Faces portray complex emotions, while colours breathe life into every page. In its finest moments the art is just, compelling. This can range from an engulfing darkness of despair, to a joyful flare during performances, which gives such vibrancy to the gods, that when they sing, it looks like they are screaming out "I'm alive!" These are the true rock gods, burning bright until they burn out.

Dec 27, 2014

I look forward to the next installment.


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Dec 27, 2014

Every 90 years, 12 gods return to human form and live for 2 years knowing they are gods.


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