So this is a neat one, because Commerical Suicide is the third volume of The Wicked + The Divine, and it goes a little wild in the art department – in a good way. Up to this point, the artist has been the same – Jamie McKelvie – but with this volume, I guess Jamie had another project he had to work on instead, so every issue in the volume had a different guest artist. What a crazy, crazy trip.
At first I thought I hated it, because art style is crucial to my interest in a graphic novel, and I felt marooned in a sea of strange artists. But the creators also used this as a chance to explore the backstories of some of the characters who hadn’t had a chance to have much of the spot light yet, which was a lovely way to round out and fill up the world and make it a little richer, a little more vibrant. I’m not sure I’m on board where the narrative is going as a whole, but that’s another beef altogether.
(And here are my thoughts on the second volume, in case you’re interested – I don’t remember what I wrote, so I’m kind of interested, too, to be quite honest.)