“solid storytelling and clean, gorgeous artwork will keep readers engrossed and eager for more.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred) “Gillen’s penchant for fast, sharp dialogue and McKelvie and Wilson’s razor-lined, intensely colored visuals keep things popping up to the cliffhanger ending.” – Booklist “the story is beautifully drawn and populated with characters of color, diverse gender, and sexual identities, and you have my full undivided attention.” — Kirkus Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new, ongoing, superhero fantasy with a beautiful, oversized issue. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, 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. Collects The Wicked + The Divine #1-5.
The Faust Act is a collection of the first five issues of The Wicked + The Divine comic book series. Every 90years, 12 gods are reincarnated, living on earth for 2 years before dying and beginning the cycle again. The gods are brought back in the form of pop stars, with fans who adore them and haters that wish they were not around. Kieron Gillen the writer for the series has such a fun and snappy way of writing dialogue that makes each character so unique and likeable in their own way. No two characters are alike with their own personality and sense of style. With Gillen writing and Jamie McKelvie as the artist for the series, each issue developed more and more in a perfect manner. The Faust Act ends with a cliffhanger that will have readers who enjoyed it wanting to pick up Fandemonium the second collection of the series which includes issues #6-11.
The art in The Faust Act is the traditional comic book style, but has hints of a modern style to it. McKelvie uses an amazing mixture of bright and light colors throughout series, especially in the costuming and makeup of the gods. I found myself taking moments before turning the page to admire the art of current two pages I was on.
The only issue that I had with The Faust Act, is that is hard to figure out where it is going. By the end of it, I’m still not 100% sure what the series is going to entail, but I am for sure going to keep reading it, so I can find out.
I am giving The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1) 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Kieron Gillen is a British writer and journalist best known for his work in comics and entertainment media.
Gillen’s first graphic novel, PHONOGRAM (with artist/co-creator Jamie McKelvie), was published through IMAGE COMICS in 2006. Since then he’s found work writing for MARVEL, AVATAR, BOOM, TOKYOPOP and more that don’t spring to mind right now.
At Marvel, he’s written runs on books including THE UNCANNY X-MEN, THOR, YOUNG AVENGERS, IRON MAN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. He’s also pursued his own creations, in books like UBER and THREE. His ongoing gods-as-popstar series with long time collaborators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson THE WICKED + THE DIVINE launched to both critical and commercial success. In 2015, he’ll be launching books including DARTH VADER and MERCURY HEAT.
In his previous life as a critic, his work has appeared in WIRED, THE GUARDIAN, PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE UK, PC GAMER, EDGE and far too many others to count. In 2007 he was one of the founders of ROCKPAPERSHOTGUN.COM, what is now the world’s premier PC-centric games blog.
His website can be found at KieronGillen.com. He probably should remember to update this more often, but he does get distracted by shiny lights and sudden noises.