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Off the Shelf: The Wicked and the Divine, vol. #2

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium (The Wicked + The Divine, #2)The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laura mourns Eleanor Rigby (AKA Lucifer) & has a secret meeting with Inanna, who has discovered that the two would-be assassins Lucifer killed were obsessed fans. Intrigued, Laura infiltrates Ragnarock, a Pantheon con, as a speaker & learns about the Prometheus Gambit, as well as some of the more hidden workings of the Pantheon. Baphomet & the Morrigan meet up with Laura again & they join the rest of the Pantheon at Dionysus’s rave. Ananke gives Mr. None-More-Goth a few wrong ideas, Cassandra becomes the Norns, and. . . Laura is special, you guys, she just doesn’t get to live.

This collection ups the ante of the previous issues. Not only is the original mystery expanded upon & new gods introduced, the double whammy of Cassandra’s ascension & Laura’s uncovered identity will leave readers stunned. I feel like I should have seen the latter surprise coming, since the series had played pretty blatantly with the over & underworld aspects of the gods. (Lucifer is the fallen Morningstar, Tara’s unclear status as either a god or a demon, Woden as sky-god who descended into the underworld for his wisdom–even Inanna mentions her rule over night & day.) Hindsight is 20/20, until all sorts of fiery death goes down. Smart moving giving us a few black pages afterward to decompress.

While I’m left wondering how the story will move forward without Laura, I know that Bap & Morrig are going to totally break my heart. He’s clearly bad at making decisions, but he’s not totally evil. And she’s just a big softie underneath & it’s going to completely undo her. It’s like watching The Thornbirds–you know misfortune will strike but you’re rooting for them anyway. I’m fascinated, I’m in love, and I can’t hardly wait for the next issue.

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