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The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I

(The Wicked + The Divine (Collected Editions) #5)

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The gods are free to do whatever they want. Inevitably, they do. Collects issues 23-28 of the series, including the critically lauded Kevin Wada magazine issue.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 7th 2017 by Image Comics
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, comics
It's like watching a television show that you really enjoyed in the beginning but now it's the fifth season and you have no idea what's going on but you stick with it because you're in too deep and you want to find out what happens and see it through to the end.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
The first issue is a lifestyle magazine featuring interviews with a half dozen or so of the gods. Interesting concept but it was all just boring and vapid. I felt like I wasted my time even bothering to read it. Then we start to move on and the Great darkness is set up as the big bad. But then that flounders because the gods basically quit giving a shit, the story is all over the map, and all of the characters become less and less likable. At this point, the art is really the only reason I even ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody

I don’t think that is possible

Oh, but I will!

I am not sure what happened to this series, but I am done. This volume was just a confusing mess of disjointed randomness. I could barely find any coherent continuation of the storyline beyond a few panels here and there.

The art is still pretty good, but that does not make up for the time I spent on this. I just cannot see myself wasting any more time with this series when there are so many other great books and graphic novels out there I could be sp
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2017, graphic-novels

I thought this volume was a little slow and boring but I enjoyed it overall.

The first issue deviates from the usual comic's structure and it's told in a magazine format. There are articles about some of the gods where the gods do photoshoots and give interviews and there's also advertisements where the gods endorse products like phones and cologne. On the one hand, I liked it because it was something different, the pictures were absolutely stunning, I thought it was done very well because
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I’m a large fan of the series so far. I really loved the inclusion of the other writers as interviewers at the very beginning. That was cool. As the story has gone on though, I've found that I'm not as invested as I was at the beginning of the series. It seems that it's going to be very messy plot-wise going forward, but I'm hoping I'm wrong.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
The story is so much clearer now than in the first few volumes.
Francesca Zappia
I need a TV show, stat
Jeannette Nikolova
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Well... this was not good. Considering that WicDiv has had ups and downs before, I hope that it will still get better. However, what I see is that the story is getting closer to its end and I feel that the writers are getting tired. Even the characters seem to have exhausted their fun potential and are becoming more and more unpleasant.

The Great Darkness plot is generally worthy of a main story-line, but unfortunately, it seems to be relying entirely
Another good volume. The first chapter is bazaar. It is like a newspaper or magazine interview for several of the characters including Lucy. It also didn't seem to do much for the story either.

You can tell they don't have a leader and they are simply spinning out into chaos. The art is the same style continued as previous volumes. There are some bloody and mature scenes in this.

I think I am ready for an end to this. I hope they have a good one in mind. It needs to have a direction now. I feel l
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goes in depth into each God's perspective. The extra art is genius and a new battle to fight! Awesomeness
Emily B
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-read
3.5 rounded up.
I did not particularly like the magazine style of the beginning of this volume. It was sort of interesting but I came for a comic book not magazine articles.

The art continues to be absolutely beautiful. The colours, the outfits, the hair styles... all gorgeous and make me envious.

I’m still enjoying the story but it’s not as clear as it could be so at times I was a little confused.

Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Decent. Jamie McKelvie's art honestly never gets boring, its just so amazing to look at! Story wise this was fine, its "Imperial Phase Part 1", the 'Part 1' meaning not really much happens in this one, it just lays ground work for Part 2 where the real story will happen. Never liked the Part 1 & 2 thing in books or movies. This isn't as filler bad as Vol 3, but its not as good as vol 1, 2 or 4. ...more
Rod Brown
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't understand the pacing of this series. Just when it seems things are picking up, everything comes screeching to a halt. The longer it goes on the less I understand what's going on and the less I care about any of the characters. It certainly looks nice though.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I might like the art more than the storyline.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. So fucking cool.
Kat Hulu
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
The magazine issue was a slog. The dialogue in this series has never been particularly strong, but at least it was sparse--primarily moderately-clever quips punctuating all the flashy spectacle. That doesn't carry a wall of text, let alone a full issue of them. At least the art was good.

Unfortunately it didn't get much better after that. The whole point of this volume is that the godkids are squandering their final(?) days in an ugly melange of hedonism and nihilism, which is not nearly as fun t
Although I liked the idea behind the first issue in this volume, which features magazine-style articles about some of the gods interviewed by real-life journalists, the interviews themselves weren't that interesting to me and I was eager to go back to the usual comic book format. However, the information in the articles somewhat helped me to remember and to better understand the characters and events in the previous four volumes, so I can't complain too much :)

The rest of the volume is great. It
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Be prepared for a lot of reading - the first collected issue is a lifestyle magazine in the world of the Wicked + the Divine, so heavy interviews with several of the gods. It's an interesting approach and definitely provides more insights than you would get from a regular issue, but it is a lot of text. The rest of the collection focuses on the group as they try to recover from the events of the last volume, and determine where they should go moving forward. The sense of time passing becomes a m ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
A definite improvement over the previous volume, particularly with the deepening mystery of exactly what Ananke's goals were. The experimental issue that takes the form of a celebrity news magazine is interesting, particularly because the interviews were about as real as an interview with a fictional character can be, but I'm glad it was a one off thing.
Marie the Librarian
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Well I understand nothing and I need vol 6 now!
But this is so good and confusing and full of twist and gooosh I just love it.
Amylee (The Book Lagoon)
This volume was a bit slow compared to the others, but I love this series so much that I don't care!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure where this series is going, but I'm still really enjoying it. I got so invested in it back in May and now I need to get back into it. This was part 1 of 2 of this section of the story so I'm excited to read volume 6 and I may end up doing that tomorrow. I will admit that I didn't totally love the articles at the beginning and I found myself skimming them to get back to the "real story." But overall, a great addition to the series and I'm excited to see where it's gonna go fro ...more
Allison Hurd
Jun 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
"No, there totally WAS a story all along, and not telling you is what we call a 'twist!' But first, orgy porgy!"

Seriously, the art is great but each of these characters has had to be tortured to the point they don't make any sense, and I hate all of them. Just admit this is porn and sketch the naughty bits, no one is satisfied with the porn intro and the family drama denouement.
I absolutely love this series in theory but when I read I feel like it's just all over the place. The more I read the fewer characters I actually like, and the ones that I do like seem to get almost no page time. Oh well, at least Persephone is front and center! Also if they think I'm going to start feeling sad for Woden they are sadly mistaken. In general I feel like this series just keeps piling on more and more mysteries and we never actually get any answers to ANYTHING. I just want to know w ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gettinggraphic
This is the most recent one in the series and I looooved being able to dive straight into this after the 4th one as I was feeling refreshed and interested in the plot and characters. The art is, as ever, amazing, but I think the real gem of this one was the magazine issue at the front which really helped the god characters to fully come to life and allowed the reader to empathise and connect more with the gods. I have been waiting for the connection to truly come with this series, as it's undeni ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting, but I think before I read the next volume I'll need to reread the others. Too much time elapsed so there are things I didn't remember for this one.
Neil (or bleed)
Uneventful. Quite boring.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
So entertaining!! I might even switch this up to five stars. (view spoiler) definitely ups the entertainment value. Everyone is unpredictable and/or trash. I love it. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m too old for this shit.

The premise of „The Wicked + The Divine“ is that twelve gods from various pantheons are reincarnated roughly every hundred years as teenagers, who previously led their overbearing/emo/hipster/punk teenage lives blissfully unaware that there is a deity dormant inside them. Then they live two years on earth like popstars with superpowers, and then they die. Well, put like that, it does sound just awful. I (should) have (had) a bad feeling about this.

To continue on another
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a quick warning to say that this review contains spoilers for The Wicked + The Divine: Rising Action!

I really love The Wicked + The Divine series of graphic novels, so I was incredibly eager to read Imperial Phase Part I to see where the plot is going, after the dramatic events of the previous volume.

After the Pantheon showdown that the series had ultimately been building to in the previous volume, along with the murder of Ananke, the gods are now incredibly divided. With no leader, the Pan
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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