Review: The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium
Laura and the surviving gods are left reeling in the aftermath of Lucifer's death at the end of volume one. Knowing that Luci was innocent (well, of the particular crime she was accused of anyway) Laura channels her grief into trying to find the real killer. She receives a tip-off that it wasn't religious fanatics who killed Lucifer, but fans, who believed that killing a god would grant them immortality. But finding the killer isn't the only thing on Laura's mind. There is also Lucifer's puzzling last gift, which hinted that maybe Laura might somehow gain some powers of her own. Meanwhile Cassandra, the journalist, continues to struggle to reconcile her lack of faith in the gods with the miracles they can apparently perform, and we see a little more of Baal, Minerva and Odin.
Fandemonium is the second story arc in the series, comprising issues 7- 12 of The Wicked and The Divine. I have just been reading the single issues, so I don't know what extra material there may be in the trade paperback collection. Fandemonium does not disappoint. The art is as gorgeous as that of volume one, The Faust Act. Highlights include Dionysius' underground rave, which is beautiful in its freaky psychadelia, and the first performance of the newly revealed twelfth god (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here but it's tricky).
As for the plot, this volume has a few twists and turns and you may want to brace yourself for the end because there is a killer cliffhanger that will leave you desperate for the next issue. The third story arc, Commerical Suicide promises some interesting new artistic choices, and will finally introduce the mysterious Tara into the mix. I'm definitely going to keep on subscribing and see where it goes from here.
Rated: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆