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Rising Action

(The Wicked + The Divine (Collected Editions) #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,245 ratings  ·  737 reviews
Every ninety years, twelve gods are reincarnated as young people. They are loved. They are hated. And sometimes - just sometimes - they fall into open Superstar wars.
The fourth volume of the award-winning, best selling series from acclaimed creators KIERON GILLEN, JAMIE McKELVIE and MATT WILSON is the most explosive yet.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #18-22
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 5th 2016 by Image Comics
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Bill Volume three "feels" much different than volumes 1, 2, and 4. From what I understand, the creators wanted to go back and finish another series,…moreVolume three "feels" much different than volumes 1, 2, and 4. From what I understand, the creators wanted to go back and finish another series, Phonogram, so they had guest artists come in and create mostly one-shot issues to keep the series going. These issues have vastly different art styles, and there are very valid complaints about, among other things, characters looking much different than they do in the other books. However, this volume fills in a lot of missing information, such as the story of Tara, who is never shown in the first two volumes. I would read Volume 3, going into it knowing that it's an unusual diversion, and then go right on to 4.(less)

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Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the last volume of this series I was about to give up. The story was all over the place and the art had become blah. I was willing to give it one more chance. I am so glad I did - this volume brought things back to where they used to be.

While there was still some confusion in the story, I think that is most likely a side effect of the last volume going off the rails. After about 1/3, I was back into it. Glad to say that the uniqueness, action, magic, and mayhem are all here -’
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, z2017
This was my favourite volume so far. For once I actually understood everything that was happening and the artwork was back to its usual standard! There were also a few crazy revelations that made things interesting! I finally feel like this comic is really going places and I'm excited to see where it goes. I would recommend this series.
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

The Wicked + The Divine contains such a unique storyline that it’s impossible to ignore. The individual issue covers are stunning in themselves, but the story within is just as fantastic. However…even with the alluring title “Rising Action”, this volume wasn’t the best for me. It was slightly hard to follow at time and when I finally got into it…it kind of just ended.


What I Liked

The rising action. They weren’t kidding with this title. This fourth volume of The Wicked +
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Yesss! Back on track and back to the amazing artwork.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rising Action is an appropriate title. The s#!t hits the fan as all the animosity from the previous volumes boils over into a bubbling cauldron of fighting and death. I have no idea where the series is headed from here. Jamie McKelvie is back and his art is fantastic.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glad we have the original artists back.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved
WrensReads Review:

There comes a time in every reader's life where you just don't care anymore.

The art is pretty, the story line has such potential..

..but you are just so confused most of the time and lost in what happened when in the plot, that you just have to set the book down, take a look at your life, and realize you can be reading anything else that doesn't go over your head.

I'm probably just stupid, and the story might be so great that I just can't comprehend, but I'm moving on.

Ashley DiNorcia
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Very happy to be back to the regular artist and storyline. Even if this story was garbage (which it isn't) it's worth it for the art porn. Easily my favorite art in comics right now.
Wow, this is back in form. As bad as the last one was, this one is that good. They story is working again, the art is excellent and the story went somewhere. Laura is back.

I am excited for the next issue. I think I am also ready for this series to be wrapped up and brought to an end and it has been a great series. Persephone is pretty kick-ass.

If you gave up after vol. 3 because it was terrible, give this a chance and pick up vol. 4. They made up for the previous issue.
Neil (or bleed)
The main plot is still vague but at least the "Rising Action" is not a lie.

And no experiment in drawings anymore.
Jeannette Nikolova
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Yes! Thank the Pantheon, the art disaster that was the last volume has been put to an end. I couldn't be happier to have the beautiful art back. Having read as many comic books as I have so far, I think thatJamie McKelvie's art is up there at the top for me.

In every single frame the art is so astoundingly beautiful that I am even willing to forgive some of the flaws in the plot.

This volume convinced me that The Wicked + The Divine is following a simple
Marianna Neal
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Now THAT was a comeback! Loved this one! After the questionable volume 3 (which I didn't really like all that much), I started to worry about the series, but volume 4 reassured me that was just a temporary setback. Not only do we have the stunning art back - we also get some of the confusion about previous events and motivations cleared up, the story arc itself is interesting and fun, AND this is the most action packed volume to date. Yes, action-packed, not just fast-paced. It's pretty much ...more
Individual issue reviews: #18 | #19 | #20 | #21 | #22

Total review score: 2.4

I don't know, guys. I don't know what happened here. I felt my interest die along with the characters.
Rory Wilding
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Following the guest artist-infestation and lack of plot from Volume 3, The Wicked + The Divine presents its most explosive volume with what’s left of the twelve gods at odds with each other. As the subtitle “Rising Action” suggests, this is the most action-heavy Wicked has been so far, with super-powered action sequences, reminiscent of what Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie did during their Young Avengers run. As this volume sort of jumps right into the action, some of the character drama gets ...more
Chihoe Ho
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The gods are at war, and thank Ananke they are! Volume 4 and it's rising action had me at the edge of my seat. WicDiv has matured as a high-concept series, and I feel like it's now paying off in spectacular fashion. I am following the mystery and the mythology which makes me feel so contentedly smart, and I know there is still so much more to be uncovered. With the way this volume's ending just hangs there waiting to be unraveled, it's no fun having caught up with the series in the trade volume ...more
Ashley Owens
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, graphic-novels
Man. The first 2 of these were so freaking good... what is happening? At least the original artist is back. Much better lines and styles for sure. Less comic-y and more artistic.

Overall, I am still intrigued by where this super original story is going to go!
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, image-comics
I will be talking some spoilers for the whole series as well as for this volume, although I won't try to give away anything too important. Still, beware.

I am a fan of WicDiv since issue #2, and have been following the series month-to-month ever since. I even really liked the third volume, the one with guest artists, which many people hated. But I have to say, this fourth volume, 'Rising Action', is probably the weakest in the series so far, and the first one I could say I didn't like.

So, two
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this one! Bummed I have to wait until the summer to find out what is going to happen next.
Rian *fire and books*
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh damn. This was good. RRRREEEAAAALLLLL good. So good, I feel like I have to lower all the other ratings for the other three volumes because this is the fucking best. I love it lots.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow oh wow

It definitely was nice to be back in this world, but even nicer to be back to the original artwork. I was so disappointed in the last volume because we kept changing artists from each issue and the artwork is what captivated me originally.

In my opinion the story is finally starting to make sense. In the earlier issues we were stuck with this whole concept that gods were reincarnated every 90 years into regular human beings and then lived for two years before dying again. It was an
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good! I'm happy to say this volume gets things moving again and isn't a filler volume like 3 was; and Jamie McKelvie is back as the artist!!!! So aside from everything good about this series coming back, this was a pretty fast paced volume; no lurking in the shadows plotting against one another, its just gods beating the shit out of other gods! So the story for this one sees an old fan favourite character return and leads a revolution against Ananke's reign, and a civil war amongst the gods ...more
It was better than volume three, but this is really a 2.5 star book. I want to give it 3 stars, I really do, but I can't. It's sad, the series started out so strong. But this volume was still confusing (as was volume 3, though this wasn't as extreme) and there were large sections that were just wasted space. I couldn't understand what was going on during fight scenes or during scenes. There were other sections where I'm sure they thought it was dramatic but where nothing happened or moved the ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After the utter disaster that was volume three (which I'm still pretending doesn't exist), I was extremely nervous with this new instalment. But holy fucking shit, this volume absolutely DELIVERED; hands down, the best volume of the series so far. Not only did the story move in a terrific direction and the relationships between the characters become more gripping, it was the artwork that was unquestionably the best aspect of this volume. It was explosive, precise and unbelievably dazzling. And ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
O.W.L.s Read #3:
Completes Herbology - Read a book with a plant on the cover.

Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
10 times better than the previous volume!
This one is packed with action and it was quite entertaining. I really did miss this series!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a quick warning to say that this review contains spoilers for The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide!

Having recently reread The Wicked + The Divine series so far, I was eager to move onto the fourth volume, Rising Action, the title in itself promising a great story.

The divisions within the Pantheon have been building since the very first issue and they finally culminate in this spectacular fourth volume. Quite a lot happens in this and I do not feel as though I can say too much about
Alex Sarll
I’m in a minority in not considering WicDiv amongst Gillen & McKelvie’s best work, and maybe less of a minority in not considering the epic superhero smackdowns which dominate this volume to be amongst WicDiv’s biggest strengths. But even given all that, this was a lot of fun. Working with celebrities* I dislike for many of the character templates of their all-too-mortal divinities, they’ve nonetheless turned them into much more interesting gods than they ever were humans – and really, isn’t ...more
Melissa Chung
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the fourth volume of The Wicked + The Divine series. It's on going, so, less is more in the review of this volume. What can I say it was okay. I hate Annake she is pretty screwed up. I also despise Woden because he is only looking after himself. There is a divide between the gods. Those that believe Annake is telling the truth and those that think she is lying.

The art work is what I'm always excited to see when reading this graphic novel series. Such gorgeous illustrations. I also liked
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4,5 rating
Having just finished vol 7 of Saga (which was fucking amazing goreaditrightnow!) it's sort of unfair to read/review another comic right after.
I think this is a really strong return for our gods and godesses - a volume filled with action and exciting plot-development. Finally we get to find out what happened to Laura a.k.a Persephone.
I can't really say much else without spoiling it.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
All the things happen!!
Marie the Librarian
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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