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The Wicked + The Divine #2 Review

5

Laura makes a deal with the devil.

The Good

This team is firing on all cylinders -- the story is fascinating, the characters are extraordinarily human (even those that are more than human), and it's meticulously designed. Visually striking covers lead to equally mesmerizing interiors -- look for Luci's transformation sequence -- and every panel of this book feels like it's sitting atop a deep layer of backstory.

Luci is a fascinating devil, working the compelling I-was-framed angle but never fully landing on the "good" side of things. Even as she languishes in prison, she straddles the line between likeable and treacherous, and while she's convincing enough for Laura, it's entirely likely that she's going to be that girl's doom.

And, as much as Laura's reluctant ally derides Wikipedia, there's something about this book that invites us to jump down a mythology rabbithole and do the same sort of research that our proxy has been doing. It's a puzzle; taking archetypes and trying to reverse-engineer these poppy, bright interpretations of them until we find extra nuances about these characters that the creators have snuck in like secret tracks. And -- probably intentionally -- THE WICKED + THE DIVINE invites a more serious examination of pop culture and what makes us show up to (or skip) a party, a phenomenon, Hell.

The Bad

Count this as a so-good-it's-bad: the anti-hype over Tara -- or, f***ing Tara, as she's referred to in-text -- is done so well (persistent but not over-the-top; pointed, yet mysterious) that I'm finding myself not wanting to meet this character.

The Verdict

One of the highest marks of praise that I can give to a series is that I dread the extra week between issues when it's a five-week month. But I don't want to wait until August 20th for the next installment of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE; I want to consume it instantly, and the next issue right after. There are twelve gods to learn about/adore/hate, and a multitude more opinions to form -- and then change, because isn't that what pop culture is about?

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Edited by andreww154

A great second issue that really builds some detail around the concepts outlined in the first book. The art is really stunning - the best work I've seen from McKelvie. The regular cover is amazing. If you liked Young Avengers then pick this up for sure.

Posted by Jake Fury

is this book's art b&w or color?

Posted by TheUnN4med

This series is so so awesome! I traveled like two hours just to get my issue 2! It was outsell every where in my country.

Edited by Mercy_
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Edited by Jake Fury

@mercy_: thanks!!!! have u read Phonogram??

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Posted by Jake Fury

@mercy_: it is brilliant!! how ya been??

Posted by Mercy_

@jake_fury: I've been super awesome! I'm actually gonna shoot you a PM in a little bit, we definitely need to catch up.

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Posted by Jake Fury

@mercy_: please do! havent talked to ya in ages.

Posted by Ms-Lola

People need to make more noise about this book.