THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOLUME 1: THE FAUST ACT
(Writer) Kieron Gillen, (Artist) Jamie McKelvie
Every ninety years twelve gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It’s happening now. It’s happening again.
I love the premise of this comic. That being said, I felt like it would do better as a show than this format. There were too many panels of dialogue for a comic. When there was action and/or scenery, the art was fantastic. But more often that not, I felt like I was getting simple panels of faces talking back and forth. This isn’t to downplay the dialogue – which is good and supportive of the story and characters (no filler, really) – but there was a lot of it for a story directed by images. Granted, a show is composed of moving images, but in them you get acting (which can be spectacular when done right, as you must know). A novel format could also work with ease. In fact, a novel (like a show) could dive deeper into the mythology and its characters. To add that much background information to a comic would possibly murder its entertainment value. This observation aside – I am not comfortable calling it a “complaint” – The Faust Act was an entertaining introduction to a world I definitely want more of on my plate. This is a series I am interested to continue, though I do hope it invests more time in its action panels in the coming volumes.