Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #2

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #2 (The Wicked & The Divine #2)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 16th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.


My Review: 

For the sequel and the second issue of this series, Laura makes a deal with the devil (quite literally, cue the laugh track) and we meet two other gods deep in the London Underground. 

If you haven't read my review of the first issue in this series, you can check it out here, where I explain the basic set up of this world. 

Issue two is fantastic and makes the 32 pages feel a lot longer, and we are given more backgrounds to the characters in this story. In comics, you can't rely on narration, first tense or otherwise, to get into a character's headspace so you have to rely on the visual medium through dialogue and flashbacks. 

Laura makes a deal with Luci (short for Lucifer), in order to find out who framed her for the murder of the judge, if Luci is as innocent as she says she is. Laura is lonely, and a bit naive. I was not on board with her trusting Luci, considering her historical record on these sorts of things, but Luci isn't the typical cut and dry 'villain' either. I liked her story on her transformation into a god and her dry sense of humor about everything. 

One thing that might turn off readers is that Gillen doesn't hold your hand and explain everything to you. You are thrown deep into the story and it's sink or swim on whether you're understanding things or not. The issue is still good, even though I had to re-read scenes in order to get what was going on but a little index or some explaining wouldn't hurt. 

My local comic book shop has been sold out of these issues, but I have managed to get digital editions of these comics which available through the publisher website. They are also coming out in November with The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 which is the first five issues in a trade paperback or graphic novel if you don't like to wait between issues. 

Check out the digital editions of this series from Image, here and pre-order The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 here

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