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Oversized hardcover collection of issues 12-22 of The Wicked + The Divine include the most experimental and elating material in the critically acclaimed commercial superstar of a series so far. Collects COMMERCIAL SUICIDE and RISING ACTION with copious making of material and extensive director's commentary. Oversized hardcover collection of issues 12-22 of The Wicked + The Divine include the most experimental and elating material in the critically acclaimed commercial superstar of a series so far. Collects COMMERCIAL SUICIDE and RISING ACTION with copious making of material and extensive director's commentary.


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Oversized hardcover collection of issues 12-22 of The Wicked + The Divine include the most experimental and elating material in the critically acclaimed commercial superstar of a series so far. Collects COMMERCIAL SUICIDE and RISING ACTION with copious making of material and extensive director's commentary. Oversized hardcover collection of issues 12-22 of The Wicked + The Divine include the most experimental and elating material in the critically acclaimed commercial superstar of a series so far. Collects COMMERCIAL SUICIDE and RISING ACTION with copious making of material and extensive director's commentary.

30 review for The Wicked + The Divine Deluxe Edition: Year Two

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    17/1/20 This comic book series is great!! I do have to say that the first couple of issues in this compendium were a bit slow for me. Though I did like how they switched up art styles :) The story really picked up for me around volume 17 and I raced right through it!! I'm excited to see how everything will turn out in later issues :D You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website! 17/1/20 This comic book series is great!! I do have to say that the first couple of issues in this compendium were a bit slow for me. Though I did like how they switched up art styles :) The story really picked up for me around volume 17 and I raced right through it!! I'm excited to see how everything will turn out in later issues :D You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Re-read 2021: Still 5 stars. Going through the whole series in one go. Review from 2017: I feel like Gillen can do no wrong at this point. I've loved Phonogram, his stories with Angela, Loki, and obviously Wicked & Divine. It felt like Book Two fleshed out the gods in a more concise way; there is a great intro to catch you up if you've managed to forget who's who. The downside is that McKelvie didn't draw the first half of the book; there were a number of one-shot artists for each issue. The sto Re-read 2021: Still 5 stars. Going through the whole series in one go. Review from 2017: I feel like Gillen can do no wrong at this point. I've loved Phonogram, his stories with Angela, Loki, and obviously Wicked & Divine. It felt like Book Two fleshed out the gods in a more concise way; there is a great intro to catch you up if you've managed to forget who's who. The downside is that McKelvie didn't draw the first half of the book; there were a number of one-shot artists for each issue. The story was great...engaging, complex, oozing with style, attitude and occasional humour. With this work, I think Gillen is now firmly in my top three list of comic authors along with Jim Starlin and Frank Miller.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] The second year of The Wicked + The Divine is collected here in its entirety, including supplementary material and author's notes from Gillen and friends, making this a perfect package for fans of the series. The first arc of the year was Commercial Suicide - a series of done-in-one issues focusing on each God individually. These issues put the Gods sharply in the spotlight as they real from the death at the end of the first year, and also give us a lot of background that w [Read as single issues] The second year of The Wicked + The Divine is collected here in its entirety, including supplementary material and author's notes from Gillen and friends, making this a perfect package for fans of the series. The first arc of the year was Commercial Suicide - a series of done-in-one issues focusing on each God individually. These issues put the Gods sharply in the spotlight as they real from the death at the end of the first year, and also give us a lot of background that we were lacking. Amaterasu's naivety, Sekhmet's hedonism, Baal's fury, and even the illusive Tara are all on display for everyone to see. Featuring guest art by the likes of Kate Brown, Tula Lotay, Stephanie Hans, Leila Del Duca, Brandon Graham, and regular series artist Jamie McKelvie, these issues are entirely crafted around the characters they represent, and while the main storyline slows to a crawl as a result, there's a little back-up in each issue that slowly teases the next stage of the main plot. This explodes in Rising Action, the second arc of the year, which sees the Gods reunite and finally take the fight to Ananke. Secrets are revealed, murderers are murdered, children are kidnapped, and the true enemy is revealed (or is it?) in this arc. While the first arc of this trade is a lot quieter and more introspective, this second arc is balls-to-the-wall insane, the hardest the series has gone since it began, and great fun throughout, with at least one gasp-inducing page in each issue, either from Gillen's masterful/evil storytelling or McKelvie's innovative use of panels. The Wicked + The Divine is one of my favourite comic books, by one of my favourite creative teams, and this second volume is going to have pride of place next to their Complete Phonogram and WicDiv Year One hardcovers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanja

    Okay, so we got a lot of the same stuff as the first book. More character backstory and more rambunctiousness. What we still don't have is a why. Why do these gods return? Why is anybody doing anything in this book? I am definitely still interested enough to keep reading but I feel like I should have more answers after 20+ issues. Also, the first few issues of this book obviously had a different artist and I did not care for it one bit. It wasn't bad... just surprising and upsetting when reading Okay, so we got a lot of the same stuff as the first book. More character backstory and more rambunctiousness. What we still don't have is a why. Why do these gods return? Why is anybody doing anything in this book? I am definitely still interested enough to keep reading but I feel like I should have more answers after 20+ issues. Also, the first few issues of this book obviously had a different artist and I did not care for it one bit. It wasn't bad... just surprising and upsetting when reading them all back to back.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Noe

    I can't overstate how much I love this series. I can't overstate how much I love this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura Anne

    These comics are my new obsession, excuse me while I start them over from the beginning just to enjoy them a second time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This volume is quite cleverly arranged. The first half contain character spotlights, allowing us to get to know the rest of the cast following the stunning events that ended Book One. And so it's all the more shocking to discover that the plot is still moving full-steam ahead through these stories! (Meanwhile we learn a lot about several of the other pantheon members.) The latter half of the volume then provides closure with what now feels like Act I of The Wicke.d + The Dead. All the initial plo This volume is quite cleverly arranged. The first half contain character spotlights, allowing us to get to know the rest of the cast following the stunning events that ended Book One. And so it's all the more shocking to discover that the plot is still moving full-steam ahead through these stories! (Meanwhile we learn a lot about several of the other pantheon members.) The latter half of the volume then provides closure with what now feels like Act I of The Wicke.d + The Dead. All the initial plotlines and mysteries are laid to rest. This sort of finale is rarely as great as the mysterious path that got us here, but it's great to see our many characters in action, both together and while confronting each other. A strong volume and a nice coherent story when combined with Book One. Pick them up and read them together!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sammi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First, thank god Laura isn’t dead. I love her character. Second, was not a huge fan of the art styles throughout these issues. The story remains just as fast paced and gripping but the art didn’t pull me in as much. Can’t wait to see what happens now that Persephone has done her crazy ass work and killed A. Whew! Onward!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andy Zell

    I'm really liking this series the further I go. I feel like I know the characters better at this point. It's the kind of series that will reward rereading, so I'm glad to have this nice hardcover version with the extra commentary in the back. Really great story, fascinating characters, incredible artwork. I think I just convinced myself to change my rating from 4 to 5 stars. I'm really liking this series the further I go. I feel like I know the characters better at this point. It's the kind of series that will reward rereading, so I'm glad to have this nice hardcover version with the extra commentary in the back. Really great story, fascinating characters, incredible artwork. I think I just convinced myself to change my rating from 4 to 5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Des Fox

    Goddamn PRIMO stuff right here. I LOVED this book, despite the McKelvie-less sections. The action is so bombastic and exciting, completely entrenched in its own mythos. This is the story the creators wanted to tell, and I have no doubt that this is living up to every expectation. So good. Read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    So much love for this! It was exactly what I wanted it to be and that ending was brilliant. Now to just wait for the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    this is good stuff

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick P.

    Nah. I'm done. Too much cheese, too much deus ex machina. Too many annoying monologues and spoiled characters. Does Cassandra need to say "fuck" in every speech bubble? I'm out. Nah. I'm done. Too much cheese, too much deus ex machina. Too many annoying monologues and spoiled characters. Does Cassandra need to say "fuck" in every speech bubble? I'm out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I love this series. So much action and so many twists and turns. Love the mythology theme. And especially because it's not the same old Greek Pantheon but a lot more less known gods. It also has great LGBTQ representation and gorgeous art. I can't wait to read more. I love this series. So much action and so many twists and turns. Love the mythology theme. And especially because it's not the same old Greek Pantheon but a lot more less known gods. It also has great LGBTQ representation and gorgeous art. I can't wait to read more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wicked good but I’ve got questions. Why are the gods chosen from places in London mainly. Shouldn’t they come from all over? Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Just nonstop amazing. Character development, active plots, gorgeous art, and of course, a goddess who looks like Prince.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I had a few problems with these sections of the story. Overall, I still really enjoyed it, but some things really started to stand out at me. (view spoiler)[The fact that Tara was brought in for a single issue, we learn that she's been objectified for half or more of her life, that her superpower even before she was a god was her beauty, and she's literally killed off at the end of the issue she's first properly introduced, I can see the effect that they were trying for but she utterly fails the I had a few problems with these sections of the story. Overall, I still really enjoyed it, but some things really started to stand out at me. (view spoiler)[The fact that Tara was brought in for a single issue, we learn that she's been objectified for half or more of her life, that her superpower even before she was a god was her beauty, and she's literally killed off at the end of the issue she's first properly introduced, I can see the effect that they were trying for but she utterly fails the sexy lamp test and the whole issue kind of comes across as exploitation of a character who was made the butt of a joke for no reason except to set up her own death. Also, certain lines and character directions, like Baph/Nergal saying "I said that, but I also said that I lied. Men lie. Being a man is lying. I'm lying about everything." felt a little on the nose, like Gillen is trying to make a progressive point but ends up just looking like he's asking for ally cookies or something. And the entire Amaterasu chapter making Cassandra/Urdr out to be a "social justice warrior" stereotype, when she doesn't act that way anywhere else in the story and she of all people would know that Ammie's status was beyond her personal control? That kind of sucked and I really hope it's addressed again later on and actually goes somewhere instead of just "Shit happens ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ". (hide spoiler)] On the plus side, the extra features in this one are really neat, even if most of them, as was the case with Book One, were available in the softcover volume collections for cheaper, or online for free. I'm in no way quitting the story, or even considering it. This is still one of the best comics in print right now, in my opinion, but I think it is important to think and speak critically of the things we love, and to acknowledge problems so that future works don't make the same mistakes. Also, so that people who have bigger issues with that kind of thing can make an informed choice as to whether or not they want to read a story that Goes There.

  18. 4 out of 5

    James De León

    The story picks up nicely from where year one ends. There are two hafls. Issues 12-17 take a different approach to storytelling than what we saw in the first deluxe - this is mostly due to how the second half of the first deluxe ends. I think it's a bit jarring at first, bu this is what this book needed - a different way to tell the reader what is happening. At first it felt like things were moving without much direction, but it all stars getting connected in this trade. There are a few more ‘sh The story picks up nicely from where year one ends. There are two hafls. Issues 12-17 take a different approach to storytelling than what we saw in the first deluxe - this is mostly due to how the second half of the first deluxe ends. I think it's a bit jarring at first, bu this is what this book needed - a different way to tell the reader what is happening. At first it felt like things were moving without much direction, but it all stars getting connected in this trade. There are a few more ‘shockers’ here. I must say, one particular issue that shines IMO is issue 13. Here we get introduced to another member of the Pantheon. I really liked it. It reads as a beautiful tragedy. Note that the art is different in this trade since it was drawn by different artists. I’ve seen a lot of complaints about the art in this trade, but I really liked it - particularly the art on issue 17, which is so different from the original art and yet it managers to keep me connected at all times. I'd say the first half gets these ratings: Story 7.5/10 and art 8/10. The second half contains issues 18-22. Here we get a big revelation of how one of the main characters survived a huge attack. A civil war begins between the gods and we get a bit of backstory here - which is nice! There seems to be a reason for why the deaths of these gods are happening! The art is very good, again 9/10 and the story picks up much more nicely; there are a few moments that felt like deus machina, but overall it was a solid arc. 8/10 Overall, I give this deluxe a 8/10 for story and art 9/10. Though sometimes (a lot of times, actually) I'm frustrated with the direction of the story, one thing that hasn't disappointed me so far is the art - again, I even enjoyed when they changed the art for a few issues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    The second chapter in the Wicked + The Divine saga looks into the price for godhood. The audience is given more of an overview of the reasons and motivation behind the characters which helped fill in for the easily solved mystery from the last collection. But McKlevie wasn't present to draw such beautiful panels for each book so it made for a miss in my personal opinion. Bechdel: Pass DuVerney: Pass Vito: Pass PM: pass The second chapter in the Wicked + The Divine saga looks into the price for godhood. The audience is given more of an overview of the reasons and motivation behind the characters which helped fill in for the easily solved mystery from the last collection. But McKlevie wasn't present to draw such beautiful panels for each book so it made for a miss in my personal opinion. Bechdel: Pass DuVerney: Pass Vito: Pass PM: pass

  20. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    After two very compelling, but often frustrating, introductory volumes, Wic+Div comes up with two dramatically different follow-ups that encapsulate everything good and bad about the series thus far and ultimately leave the series in its most exciting place yet. Volume 3 is an exciting, bold departure, as we’re given a series of mostly one-off stories for some of the major gods in the Pantheon. Each issue is drawn by a different artist, too, which is a cool idea in theory but one that yields mix After two very compelling, but often frustrating, introductory volumes, Wic+Div comes up with two dramatically different follow-ups that encapsulate everything good and bad about the series thus far and ultimately leave the series in its most exciting place yet. Volume 3 is an exciting, bold departure, as we’re given a series of mostly one-off stories for some of the major gods in the Pantheon. Each issue is drawn by a different artist, too, which is a cool idea in theory but one that yields mixed results in execution. Some of the art fits the tone of the characters exceedingly well—Tula Lotay, Stephanie Hans, and Leila Del Duca’s work is all great. But some of the art is a jarring departure from the visual language we’re accustomed to, and while not “bad,” it’s unremarkable at best and distracting at worst. Even McKelvie’s remix issue, as ambitious and exciting as it is, feels a bit like a miss, as it gets caught up in all of Gillen’s most frustrating and convoluted habits. I enjoyed seeing more of the Pantheon overall, especially since they come into clearer focus and prominence in the next volume, but letting the killer cliffhanger of Volume 2 hang in limbo for so long is an odd choice that I don’t think paid off as well as intended. But the next volume of issues...oh man. Everything I enjoyed and wanted more of suddenly comes boldly into the spotlight and knocks my every expectation out of the park. McKelvie’s art is mesmerizing, sharp, and speaks just as loudly, if not more so, than any of the words Gillen puts on the paper. And those words are great, too! No longer is his characterization hidden under veiled exposition and dense plotting, but rather, becomes an active, vivid participant in a plot that is finally coalescing into something worthy of all the series’ lofty potential. Despite my critiques with the one-off issues, they do pay off here, as we finally have a grasp on who the Pantheon are as characters and why we should care about them. There’s still work to be done before I’m fully invested in most of them, but Gillen does an admirable job capitalizing on the meticulous foundations he laid in the preceding volumes, and I’m more excited and enamored with the series now than I ever was. Since this edition collects two volumes, my score is the average of what I’d give them independently. Volume 3 would be 3 stars, and Volume 4 is an easy 5/5, so 4 stars it is. But it’s worth mentioning that I was so captivated by Volume 4 that I came very close to giving this collection the full 5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    This second oversize volume of WicDiv collects the third and fourth arcs of the overall story. The first arc in the collection steps back from the overall plot to do more character-focused issues on some of the remaining members of the Pantheon. Regular artist Jamie McKelvie is missing for this arc, with a bunch of guest artists brought in. This mostly really works, but I wasn't sure about Kate Brown's art for the first issue of the volume. It's rather cartoony and, for me, didn't quite work wit This second oversize volume of WicDiv collects the third and fourth arcs of the overall story. The first arc in the collection steps back from the overall plot to do more character-focused issues on some of the remaining members of the Pantheon. Regular artist Jamie McKelvie is missing for this arc, with a bunch of guest artists brought in. This mostly really works, but I wasn't sure about Kate Brown's art for the first issue of the volume. It's rather cartoony and, for me, didn't quite work with the material. On the other hand, Tuta Lotay's art for issue 13 is fantastic, and puts a soft touch to a delicate subject (and that issue is pretty hard-hitting). I also really like Brandon Graham's almost dreamlike art for issue 17, which gave us more insight into Sakhmet, who was present right from the start, but who we hadn't really spent any time with before this. After dropping hints of her in the previous volume, we finally get to meet Tara in the flesh, as it were. It's a shame it's so brief though, as her issue is very powerful, dealing, as it does, with objectification and harassment of women. The second arc not only goes back to the plot, but turbocharges it. After seeing Ananke's questionable actions last volume (not to mention the frankly murderous behaviour at the end of that volume), here we see her further manipulate her "children", culminating in a dark ritual that even Woden doesn't like the look of. (view spoiler)[Also, Laura/Persephone's alive! *Happy dance*! And while I don't necessarily blame her for killing Ananke, this can't end well. (hide spoiler)] I'm still really liking Gillen's writer's commentary. It's a great way to review what you've already read, but more slowly and thoughtfully, paying attention to things that you rushed past on the first pass. And comics, even a large book like this one, are still brief enough that you can make multiple passes like that in a reasonable amount of time. A compelling story, combining very modern storytelling with ancient tropes in an effective manner. I'm both dreading and can't wait to see where it goes next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Honestly, I was disappointed when I saw that the first several issues of this collection were no longer pencilled by Jamie McKelvie, but as soon as the stories began, I realized A. these were even better character explorations than Gillen had done in Year One and B. he'd very much matched their tones to the guest artist's styles, which alleviated a lot of the fears I had about a McKelvie series not being drawn by McKelvie. A real standout in this book is Issue 13, which finally tells the story of Honestly, I was disappointed when I saw that the first several issues of this collection were no longer pencilled by Jamie McKelvie, but as soon as the stories began, I realized A. these were even better character explorations than Gillen had done in Year One and B. he'd very much matched their tones to the guest artist's styles, which alleviated a lot of the fears I had about a McKelvie series not being drawn by McKelvie. A real standout in this book is Issue 13, which finally tells the story of Tara, a goddess that has henceforth only been mentioned in passing (and always with disdain). It's honestly one of the best single issues of a comic I've read in the past few years. A full, moving, emotional character story that leaves you with your mouth agape at the end. It's a payoff that works best after 12 previous issues of having Tara shit on by the other members of the Pantheon, so I wouldn't read it cold, but trust me, it's very, very good. Beyond this, the series continues to weave its mysteries around character development, which keeps me hooked and not feeling too worried about what the answers will be. There's a little bit of schmutz showing on the plot development in this volume, but again, the series is far more about the characters than it is the plot, so it's not that big of a deal. In any case, I love all these angsty weirdoes and can't wait to see what hijinx they get into next!* *This is not a series about hijinx

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara I

    Within this Deluxe Edition the story and characters develop with each issue in a way that made me turn pages in a hurry. Reading so much all at once does make the arcs blur together a bit, but it makes for a very satisfying binge over winter and Christmas break. I get the sense from reading the main material and the notes in the back that this series will be one I will enjoy rereading and picking up on new things and details each time. The gods and developing war splitting them apart are no less Within this Deluxe Edition the story and characters develop with each issue in a way that made me turn pages in a hurry. Reading so much all at once does make the arcs blur together a bit, but it makes for a very satisfying binge over winter and Christmas break. I get the sense from reading the main material and the notes in the back that this series will be one I will enjoy rereading and picking up on new things and details each time. The gods and developing war splitting them apart are no less interesting than before and readers gain an increasingly more detailed understanding of their histories and characters. There are some I found myself both intrigued and disgusted by and others I wished we could have more from. (view spoiler)[ Personally, would have liked seeing more from Tara or a happier resolution for her, but oh well! I enjoyed and was moved by what was given. (hide spoiler)] There are personal, heartbreaking moments contrasted by epic battle sequences spanning a page or two. For me, it is the characters and mythological elements that keep me most invested and the fast-paced and ever developing plot that cause me to hurry onto more and more, until I am caught up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    June

    Still consistently one of the best graphic novel series I've read. I realized today, with mild shock, that it even tops Saga for me. There is such a sense of splendor to this series, a rock and roll vibe, and solid fashion, style, and design. I'm so into it. Every time I finish one the little reader in the back of my head growls more, more. Book 2 lost 1 star for me for minor issues; (view spoiler)[I am still having trouble understanding Persephone and how she aligns with the mythological goddess Still consistently one of the best graphic novel series I've read. I realized today, with mild shock, that it even tops Saga for me. There is such a sense of splendor to this series, a rock and roll vibe, and solid fashion, style, and design. I'm so into it. Every time I finish one the little reader in the back of my head growls more, more. Book 2 lost 1 star for me for minor issues; (view spoiler)[I am still having trouble understanding Persephone and how she aligns with the mythological goddess - I had trouble wrapping my head around how her 'performance' works. (hide spoiler)] And the different art styles jarred me at first, but kind of grew on me after a while. I was relieved when it settled back to the old art style, though. I love the richness of the expressions and have gotten used to seeing the characters, that way. Now I have to go find something else to satisfy the little reader in my head. It'll be hard to do after this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jake Nap

    Wicked and The Divine Year 2 elevates the plot from a commentary on celebrity obsession in the 21st century to an action packed drama... and it’s awesome. James McKelvie is absent for the first half of this book but it didn’t hurt the book too much. For this arc, the plot slowed down to flesh out some of the members of the Pantheon not highlighted in the first Hardcover. I really appreciated this because pretty much all of the gods are interesting, so fleshing them out with guest artists was a r Wicked and The Divine Year 2 elevates the plot from a commentary on celebrity obsession in the 21st century to an action packed drama... and it’s awesome. James McKelvie is absent for the first half of this book but it didn’t hurt the book too much. For this arc, the plot slowed down to flesh out some of the members of the Pantheon not highlighted in the first Hardcover. I really appreciated this because pretty much all of the gods are interesting, so fleshing them out with guest artists was a really smart idea. The artists chosen for these arcs fit their God very well. When McKelvie comes back for the last half of this book, the plot progresses at breakneck speed and it’s awesome. Gillen and McKelvie ramp it up to 11 and set up a really cool status quo for the book for the third hardcover. Wick+Div Volume 2 gets a solid 8.5/10 from me. I’m definitely going to be picked up the subsequent volumes, this series is great.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    The second volume of The Wicked and Divine took me on a journey that echoed the first book. I still find aspects of the overall story confusing with a number of unlikable characters but somehow Kieron Gillen keeps me coming back for more. The first arc of this volume is a series of semi-connected issues that focus on individual God's and flashbacks to events from the previous volume. These issues each have a different artist for some excellent diversity. Jamie McKelvie returns for the second sto The second volume of The Wicked and Divine took me on a journey that echoed the first book. I still find aspects of the overall story confusing with a number of unlikable characters but somehow Kieron Gillen keeps me coming back for more. The first arc of this volume is a series of semi-connected issues that focus on individual God's and flashbacks to events from the previous volume. These issues each have a different artist for some excellent diversity. Jamie McKelvie returns for the second story arc which really ratchets up the narrative to the next level with some beautifully draw panels. One character death is particularly impressive! What makes this series stand out and continue to impress is the ability of this team to produce a creator owned book on a consistent monthly basis. The third deluxe edition is already solicited and I can't wait to see where this story goes next!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3/5 for issues 12-17, 4/5 for issues 18-22 The third arc felt a little aimless and weak. While the main artist was away and our entry point character dead, they had a different artist focus on one side God each issue. Though it was nice to flesh them out a bit, it felt like the book wasn't sure where to go next and the pace of the story came grinding to a halt. The fourth arc however came back full force with the return of Persephone and the unraveling of Ananke's plan. I think Gillen's ability to 3/5 for issues 12-17, 4/5 for issues 18-22 The third arc felt a little aimless and weak. While the main artist was away and our entry point character dead, they had a different artist focus on one side God each issue. Though it was nice to flesh them out a bit, it felt like the book wasn't sure where to go next and the pace of the story came grinding to a halt. The fourth arc however came back full force with the return of Persephone and the unraveling of Ananke's plan. I think Gillen's ability to to move story along quickly while still growing character relationships is what makes this series shine so it was nice to see that come back. Overall the collection is beautiful and contains a lot of bonus content. And the plot of both collected volumes really humanizes Baphomet in an unexpected way I really enjoyed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    It's interesting, what impressed me most in volume one was the art and the story was just good. In this volume, the artwork occasionally downgraded (I assume it was on purpose since it wasn't random, but I'm still not a fan). But the story took an upgrade. (view spoiler)[Persephone surviving was a little cop-outish, but something's not right with the 13th member. And with the death of their babysitter, you know shit's about to hit the fan. Especially since you know she had a plan and/or reason f It's interesting, what impressed me most in volume one was the art and the story was just good. In this volume, the artwork occasionally downgraded (I assume it was on purpose since it wasn't random, but I'm still not a fan). But the story took an upgrade. (view spoiler)[Persephone surviving was a little cop-outish, but something's not right with the 13th member. And with the death of their babysitter, you know shit's about to hit the fan. Especially since you know she had a plan and/or reason for what she was doing, and it can't be good that it didn't go through. I want the next volume, as I really wonder where this going. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    While shit hits the fan towards the end of the collection and the plot begins to kick into high gear, the first part is just as good. Not a huge fan of some of the guest artwork, but the story was still on point. I loved the god issues where we get to delve into that particular god and their background a little more. I am a little miffed at the reveal that (view spoiler)[Laura is still alive. Don't get me wrong. I really like her character and I'm glad she's back, but although I know they've had While shit hits the fan towards the end of the collection and the plot begins to kick into high gear, the first part is just as good. Not a huge fan of some of the guest artwork, but the story was still on point. I loved the god issues where we get to delve into that particular god and their background a little more. I am a little miffed at the reveal that (view spoiler)[Laura is still alive. Don't get me wrong. I really like her character and I'm glad she's back, but although I know they've had this stuff planned out for a while, it came across as a little too, "what can we do now to shock/surprise the readers?" (hide spoiler)] Can't wait for the next volume!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    I liked this installment of The Wicked + the Divine more than the previous one, on account of getting answers and feeling like it was building stuff up and paying off the material it gave out during the first book. I especially liked the use of different art styles to give the reader a taste for how they think. However, the thing that holds me back is simply that I feel like the comic is especially focused on character drama and evolution. While this would have been fine, the problem lies more i I liked this installment of The Wicked + the Divine more than the previous one, on account of getting answers and feeling like it was building stuff up and paying off the material it gave out during the first book. I especially liked the use of different art styles to give the reader a taste for how they think. However, the thing that holds me back is simply that I feel like the comic is especially focused on character drama and evolution. While this would have been fine, the problem lies more in that its characters aren't all that interesting. I'm still excited to see what the future will bring, or if this is the end. I'm happy either way, but a bit happier if there's more coming.

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