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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: The Wicked + The Divine

Synopsis (from GoodReads):

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world 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 


I read this as part of the Adult Booklr reading group on GoodReads.  I rarely read graphic novels, but I was willing to give it a try.  First, I must say that the art work for this book is stunningly beautiful.  It is full of color, great shadowing, and action-packed imagery.  The story has a great premise:  Rockstars are Gods who will have a glorious two years and then die!  The book is a commentary on the pop culture of superstars and ordinary people who want their moment in the spotlight.  

That being said, I think graphic novels just don't appeal to me.  I really tried to like this book.  It has such a great premise, but as I read it I wanted more.  More details, more backstory, a more complicated plot.  I felt as though I was reading an outline of a really good book.  But I was never able to get too involved in the story as it was so brief.  If this graphic novel were to be expanded into a full-length novel, I think it would be a very exciting read.  But in this format, it was just a teaser.

What do you think?  Do you enjoy graphic novels?  What is their appeal?  If you have any thoughts on this, please leave a comment below.

I think if you do like this format, you will enjoy this book.  With striking art and intriguing characters, it would be well worth your time.  But it just wasn't for me.

Source: Public Library
Format:  Paperback Graphic Novel
Recommendation: If you love graphic novels, you will enjoy the story and imagery. This format wasn't for me.
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