Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 2: Fandemonium written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie is the second collected volume of comics in the ongoing series. You can read my review of the first volume here. This review (and the blurb) contains spoilers for Volume 1.

The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity.

This volume picks up where the first left off, with Laura trying to deal with Luci's sudden death. She's determined to find out exactly what happened and throws herself more deeply into the world of the gods in the meantime. There are parties, late nights (that last two days), drugs and smoking. Ordinary teenage rebellions which take on a divine light when the gods are involved.

Apart from Laura, the story also continues to follow the rise of the gods. The last two gods are revealed and it seems that the stage is set for whatever it is they are supposed to do. But... what are they supposed to do? I suppose we'll find out later on. (But we do learn some more of their history in this volume.)

The ending of Fandemonium is intense and left me thinking "Wow, did that really just happen? ... But what will happen NEXT?!" Some bold storytelling choices, which I won't spoil.

If you enjoyed the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine, then you should definitely get your hands on this one if you can. It continues the same story and ups the ante. I really want to find out what happens next! (Looks like I'll only have to wait until December, whoo!)

4.5 / 5 stars

First published: July 2015, Image Comics
Series: Yes. Vol 2 of ongoing series, containing issues #6–11
Format read: Trade paperback
Source: Non-Amazon-owned online book shop

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