REVIEW: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1, Storm Vol. 1 and Ms Marvel Vol. 1

FullSizeRender (64)The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson and Clayton Cowles

Every ninety years, twelve gods are reincarnated as humans and they can live and party and do as they wish (within reason) but then two years later they die. Laura is a normal teenager who is fascinated by the Gods and becomes embroiled in their world of dance, fun and danger.

I had heard a lot of good things about this series before reading it and I think this was the books downfall. I had such high expectations and expected to love The Wicked + The Divine but then I didn’t.

The art was gorgeous, so bright and stylish and I loved the character designs but none of the characters really pulled me in. Lucifer was pretty cool and I liked Laura’s loyalty but other than that I didn’t really grow attached to any characters. The story didn’t pull me in that much either.

I think it’s a case of I liked the premise but then the execution wasn’t for me. I’d say definitely give it a go because the art’s stunning and it has a lot of diverse characters which is always nice to see in comics. Unfortunately I was let down by The Wicked + The Divine. 2/5.

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Storm Vol. 1: Make It Rain – Greg Pak, Victor Ibañez and Scott Hepburn

Ororo Monroe is Storm. She’s a member of the X-Men, headmistress at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, she has been a Queen and also a Goddess. She’s learning to juggle her responsibilities as well as her relationships with her friends, both old and new. It’s not easy being Storm.

There wasn’t really an overarching storyline to this book, each of the issues stood on their own and that meant you got to see different aspects of Storm’s character which was cool. That being said I missed having a plot thread going through the book.

I really liked how you can feel how powerful Storm is – she can control the weather which can bring life and bring destruction. It was great feeling that strength and power through the art. I also liked how angry Storm is in this book. She’s impulsive, headstrong and angry with the world – personality traits you don’t often see in a female character so that was refreshing to see.

Like with any X-Men related comic book, there’s such a long history of plot lines that sometimes you don’t quite get what the characters are referencing because you are just seeing this snapshot in time. That can be confusing but on the most part it did a good job at explaining things but not having to take a big portion of the story to do so. I enjoyed Storm but I didn’t love it. 3/5.

 

FullSizeRender (65)Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is just your average Muslim teenager, her parents don’t want her to stay out late and her friends are sometimes annoying. Then she’s not so normal anymore thanks to a weird smoke that descended across Jersey City. Now Kamala has superpowers and she’s got to figure out how to use them and how to keep her secret identity from her family.

Ms. Marvel is a lot of fun. Even before Kamala gets her powers she’s funny but sometimes shy and doesn’t always know how to talk to her parents. I liked her friends Bruno and Nakia (would like to see more of her in the future) and her family felt really fleshed out and relatable.

The art style is great and I liked how it showed how Kamala was getting used to her powers, so in some panels on limb might be bigger than the rest of her body. It’s fun and also believable because no one can control their powers straight away.

I liked the arc of Kamal learning to use her powers, as well as starting an investigation into the mysterious Inventor. I like how Kamala decides to help people but she wants to do it as herself, not looking like the original Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) it’s a great message about accepting who you are and what you look like.

I can’t wait till the next volume comes out and I’m so pleased Ms. Marvel is doing so well. 5/5.

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