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Review: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 7

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, I guess I’ve made it to Friday. Yesterday was actually a pretty good day. Damian and I are on a work schedule that runs from Monday to Thursday, working a ten hour shift each of those days, so when we get to times like right now where there is a holiday on Friday, things get a bit interesting. This year they gave us our holiday day-off on Thursday. So we went down to Columbus, and played games at Dave & Buster’s for a while, and then we went to Barnes & Noble to buy some books. Spoiler alert for my April Wrap-Up…we’ve gone to B&N THREE times already this month, and I’ve managed decent hauls each time. See?

So yeah…big book haul. Oh yeah, and there may also be a subscription book unboxing in the April Wrap-Up, so I hope you’re ready for that. It’s all because I needed the special edition of the book they were including. That arrived today and OMG, it is absolutely stunning. Yes, I now have two copies of this book on my shelves. I regret nothing.

Okay, this has gotten way off-topic already. Today I’m supposed to be talking about this awesome comic/graphic novel series that I am pretty much obsessed with. I can’t believe that it is over–well, it’s over in the single issue releases. I wait for the graphic novel volumes, so the final one will be out later this year, which is kind of sad. At the same time, at least I own them all so I can re-read them whenever I’d like. That’s always nice.

Anyway, let’s talk about the 7th volume of The Wicked + The Divine.  Kieron Gillen (Writer), Jamie McKelvie (Illustration), Matt Wilson (Colorist), and Clayton Cowles (Letterer) are the main contributors for this series published by Image Comics. I was recommended this series by Taliesin Jaffe on an episode of Signal Boost on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. Taliesin is one of the cast members of Critical Role, and I think he is an awesome person with great taste, so I was happy to try out this series that he spoke so highly about…and I have not been at all disappointed.

Let’s jump into the review.

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Summary

In the past: awful stuff.

In the present: awful stuff.

But, increasingly, answers.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34-39

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Can I start off by saying, wow, that summary is very short, and doesn’t tell you that much. But somehow I can’t be mad about that. If you’ve made it all the way up to the seventh volume of the series, then you already know that the past and present contain quite a bit of awful things, and yes, more and more answers are being revealed…which then in turn give more questions.

I can’t believe that this series is almost over. A lot of my questions were answered in this volume, but I don’t think all of the secrets have been revealed just yet. This is definitely one of my favorite series, and it is one I absolutely plan to re-read.

Honestly, I may do that. The final volume comes out in September, so I may do a 24 Hour Readathon or something like that and binge-read the whole series. That could be fun. And perhaps if I’ve gotten around to starting my vlog by then, I could vlog the experience. I don’t know. That’s still months away.

I love the characters and the lore in this series. The art and coloring is also wonderful. When I think back on the early volumes of this, I can really see just how far the characters have come, and how much the visuals have changed. Yes, it’s only been just over a year in the timeline of the series but everyone seems so much older. They have been through so much. There has been a lot of love and sex, hate and violence, loss and hope, tragedy and mystery.

There is just so much going on with the mythos of this world. It is pretty much our world and our history, but with the added inclusion of these people who rise as gods every 90 years. They have love and admiration and hate and power to deal with, plus the fact that within two years they all end up dead. It makes their lives so vastly different, and I just get completely sucked into it.

Yeah, I definitely want to read these again. Maybe I’ll pick up details that I missed the first time around.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of this volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore.

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