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. (goodreads.com)
I was so floored by this compilation of comics that I think it actually took my breath away.
The story follows a girl, a fan girl, of all of these gods that have popped up and essentially become pop stars. She gets the ultimate dream come true by getting involved, in-depth, with the lives of these immortals but it opens a door to a world that she’ll have a hard time grasping. She’s going through her own teenage/young adult stuff at home and escaping into this god-music helps her cope with it. Except she ends up getting sucked into their world and she doesn’t know if she’s ready to deal with it.
And then you have the rest of the immortals, dangled in front of you in each section of the book, giving you just enough information to rope you into their charisma but not enough and it leaves you wanting more, more, more. Lucifer was by far my favorite. A tragic jerk but rather fitting of the Lucifer we all know and love. And just drop dead gorgeous. There’s only been one other instance where my heart’s fluttered for a fictional character. With Lucifer, she made my heart stop. Yeah, she. Gorgeously androgynous in a David Bowie sort of way and so incredibly beautiful I couldn’t take my eyes off of her when she was in a panel. Plus her story was probably the best out of all of them.
And the art? Absolutely stunning. It blew my mind. The detail and the coloring just made it all pop. This wasn’t just a comic; it was a work of art and I want to dress my walls in it.
Really, there’s nothing that isn’t phenomenal about THE WICKED + THE DIVINE. I waffled when it came to requesting it from NetGalley and I’m so glad I ended up doing it. I want to collect all of them, the individual comics and the compilations just so I can have all of the art and all of the story on hand to stare at and read at my leisure. It’s all well and good on my iPad mini but I want to FEEL it. I think it’s time I made a trip to my local comic book shop.