The Wicked + The Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide

by Kieron Gillen | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1632156318 Global Overview for this book
Registered by emmejo of Cortland, New York USA on 9/20/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by emmejo from Cortland, New York USA on Thursday, September 20, 2018
This unusual break in WicDiv's main storyline takes the form of 6 issues that each feature a different artist and viewpoint. Instead of seeing things from Laura's fangirl perspective, we see the Pantheon in each other's eyes or more objectively describing their individual situations. It is a very different type of performance than the singers on stage that we saw at the beginning. There is info here that informs the series' main plot, but these are all asides, backstories, and different perspectives on events.

I'm personally fond of issue 15, despite my dislike of Ammy. The artwork is incredible, and we get to see a human side of several grieving Pantheon members. It was also about the point where I had decided that despite her flaws, I really like Cass!

(I've also done a closet cosplay from this series, so I attached a pic of myself as Baphomet for the curious.)

Journal Entry 2 by emmejo at Trumansburg, New York USA on Friday, September 21, 2018

Released 6 mos ago (9/21/2018 UTC) at Trumansburg, New York USA


One of the books starting out in The Anthology Assortment Bookbox This is maybe pushing the definition a little, but I was trying to include a little more variety.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Couldn't resist this one - I'm claiming it from the Anthology bookbox! (Love the cosplay photo, btw!)

Later: While I haven't read any previous entries in this series, I found this volume quite enjoyable, and (mostly) easy to follow. I even appreciated the different artists' styles. The premise seems a bit picky - twelve gods turn up every 90 years to possess certain young people, who will only live for two years - and it gets more complicated when they fight among each other, or gain powerful enemies outside the currently-resurrected-twelve. This collection includes hints at which ones love - and/or hate - which of the others, who's trying to avenge whom, and in some enjoyable flashback segments, how they got to their current states. Since the main characters were ordinary humans before the gods descended upon them, they have interesting memories: "Before I could tear them limb from limb, I used to be nervous around boys." Um, yeah! And there were some amusing bits, not least Tara's comments on the many different global deities named "Tara" or some variation {wry grin} - and of course "who do you think you are, the Culturally Appropriate Avengers?" And the god who appears via a ketchup-pentacle atop a hamburger... Oh, and the chapter titled "the inevitable cliffhanger". Can't say we weren't warned!

Some panels deal with social media - some of the god-possessed are global celebrities by now, but the nasty fallout applies to real-world celebs too. And there's a lovely panel showing Hazel with a little stuffed toy of Amaterasu in winged-dog form - and I wanted one!

One of the flashbacks featured the still-human characters playing "Vampire: the Masquerade," for still more geek-points. (Or do I get the geek points for recognizing it from terminology alone?)

I liked the bonus material too, from the one-shot strips to the cover-art variations to the how-we-put-the-strips-together bits.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Hannah Duston Historical Site in Boscawen, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Released 5 mos ago (10/17/2018 UTC) at Hannah Duston Historical Site in Boscawen, New Hampshire USA


I'd had another spot in mind for this one, but when I happened to drive right by the Hannah Duston monument in Boscawen I had to stop and leave the book there. (Hannah's terrible predicament features both the wicked and the divine...) The monument, topped with a statue of Hannah, is a short walk from the Boscawan park-and-ride on Rt. 4. Hope the finder enjoys the book!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2018 Spook-Tacular October release challenge. ***

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