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Off the Shelf: The Wicked and the Divine, vol #1

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine, #1)The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A funny, glamorous, intelligent series recommended to me by my book pusher/best friend. Wicked & Divine follows the Pantheon, a group of 12 gods who return every 90 years to inspire & rejuvenate the masses before dying young. Our guide through this heady, captivating group is Laura, a British girl whose been following the various members, hoping to get a little attention from one of them. After enjoying a show by the goddess Ameratsu, Laura’s swept up in the Pantheon’s affairs after witnessing a bloody confrontation between a reincarnated Lucifer & a pair of assassins. Determined to help Lucifer clear her name, Laura seeks out answers from the other pop idol gods, which includes Baal, Sehkmet, the Morrigan & her partner Baphomet.

Not only is the concept of this series a lot of fun, the talent behind the art & writing are amazing. If you’re curious, just look at a couple of pages & see if you aren’t intrigued. Not only does the writer perfectly juggle his alluring cast of characters, the artists also do a great job setting up events through the background before quickly bringing them up to the forefront. The joke of the laser pointer before the assassins reveal themselves was a big hint to take it slow–I didn’t even see that Laura had one until she said something.

Speaking of Laura, she really works as both a character & a fictional insert for readers. She embodies the drive of youthful curiosity & is definitely much more than just a groupie. Who else could pull of a quasi-Shakesperian monologue with two arguing celebrities threatening to destroy each other? The gods themselves are beautiful & charismatic & will totally have readers picking their faves. Mine would be the Morrigan & Baphomet–both are ridiculously over-the-top & serious as a heart attack, as all good Goth adherents should be. But Lucifer–when she says to Laura, “Because Lucifer is in Hell and you are the only one who came.”–she got to me. To quote Laura, that probably says bad things about me. 🙂 An amazing series that I’m looking forward to devouring!

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