The Wicked + the Divine, Vols. 1-4 by Kieron Gillen

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The Wicked + the Divine is a FANTASTIC comic series by Kieron Gillen (writer) and Jamie McKelvie (artist) that features the reincarnations of various deities in modern society.  Every 90 years, twelve gods are reborn in random humans.  And in two years, they are dead.  In this cycle, the gods are pop stars who have captivated the world.  They run the gamut of deities from Lucifer to Minerva to Amaterasu to Sakhmet.  Many different religions and cultures are represented here, and half of the fun for me was looking up the names of gods I didn’t know and reading up on them.

The colors and art style in these volumes is incredible.  Jamie McKelvie’s style is bright and searing and perfectly represents the flash in the pan lives of these gods, reborn to only live a short while, and then back into the ether waiting for a chance to return again.

The story truly kicks off as we meet Laura, a regular teenage girl, who is a big fan of the artists of the Pantheon and who forges a connection with Lucifer.  All of the gods are fascinating in their own right, as they have their ancient memories co-existing with those of the human bodies they now inhabit.  They have connections with human family and friends, and then also supernatural powers to deal with.  And they’re gods, so they can be little shits as well.

As the story unfolds, we get more backstory on each of the gods, and see glimpses of some of their previous incarnations over the decades.  The same twelve gods are not reincarnated each time, and trying to figure out who has come before and who may come again brings some of the intrigue.

I sped through these first four volumes because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next, and I became attached to these characters and their fantastical magical story.  If the rest of the story is as good as these beginning volumes, I’m about to take one hell of a ride.

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