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Wicked + the Divine, Volume 3: Commercial Suicide
Wicked + the Divine, Volume 3: Commercial Suicide | Kieron Gillen
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After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow. Team WicDiv are joined by a stellar cast of guest artists to put the spotlight of each of the gods. The multiple Eisner-award nominated series continues in the only way it knows how: darker, weirder, faster. Don't worry. It's going to be okay.
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RainyDayReading
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I‘ve gone through some graphic novels lately so I thought I‘d lump my review all into one. The Wicked & The Divine vol 3 was my favorite out of these while Afar was my least favorite. Afar was still good, but it‘s a stand-alone and I felt like it crammed a lot of things into this single volume that could have been fleshed out better had there been more volumes. Lady Killer is murderously marvelous,Paper Girls is just as confusing as always 👇🏻

RainyDayReading But I want to know what happens so badly!! I wasn‘t a fan of the changing art styles in the 3rd volume of Wicked and Divine but seeing the glimpses of the inner workings of the Gods was interesting. I will be continuing on with each of these series aside from Afar. 3w
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theshrinkette
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Morning book peeps! It's officially day 2 of @24in48, and I'm picking up where I left off. I anticipate a day fueled by caffeine. Hope y'all are having as much fun as I am!

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aspectdawnings
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Honestly liked this more than volume 2, which seems to be an unpopular opinion. The stories really helped the overarching plot make more sense to me, and I liked the different artists‘ takes on the characters and world. [image: The Wicked + the Divine volume 3 lays against a gray background.]

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jpmcwisemorgan

Guess who just discovered she could check out The Wicked + The Divine through Hoopla and can now finish the series?

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

I thought this volume was very confusing especially part 14. Nevertheless, I will keep going on with the series for now.

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collegecatlady
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Mehso-so

I‘m giving up after reading this volume. I‘ve tried my best but I hated the change of art and the writing in this one. I gave it three shots, so it‘s time to move onto something more engaging for me. There‘s not enough time in this life to spend it reading books I don‘t like!

InLibrisVeritas This volume was one that felt should have veen skipped entirely. I do enjoy the series but this one felt so unnessecary 13mo
Susannah @InLibrisVeritas I totally agree with you; I thought the content of the issues in this volume was good, but the change in art, which is my favorite part of this series, was such a letdown. 13mo
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leahbird
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I'm dedicating this post to the goddess Tara.

This whole volume is drawn by guest artists. The first time I read it, that really ruined it for me. W+D is so connected to the art style that I just couldn't make it work.

On rereading, this volume is very powerful. Each issue focuses on a single God, giving some of their backstory or behind the scenes knowledge, while still driving the main plot forward. They are all shocking in some way. (Cont)

leahbird (2) Tara's is the most powerful in our current climate. Amaterasu's is there most touching and Stephanie Hans' artwork was the most emotive for me. Sekmet's story is vague but hints at some horrifying shit. I hope to see more of her story in the future. 13mo
leahbird (3) Because I didn't quite get this volume the first time I read it, this is where I stopped reading. Somehow I didn't buy Vol 4 but I have 5 & 6. 🤷 Just ordered 4 so I'll be continuing this binge as soon as it comes in. 13mo
Maike Vol 3 is the next one for me. I already saw some posts saying it‘s not as good as the first two volumes but without saying why. Thanks to your post I know what to expect 👍🏻😊 13mo
leahbird @Maike I think the combination of the guest artists with the change in narrative style PLUS the fallout from the shocking ending to Vol 2 set this volume up to seem disappointing. But it's really not! 13mo
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Kathrin
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Sg1224
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Reread volume 3 twice because the story & visuals from the previous volumes weren‘t in alignment. 🤔🤔🤔

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Sg1224
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Interesting story. A bit taken back by the drastic change in artistic style for Volume 3...is it just me?! ☹️

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UnidragonFrag
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So, got some answers about Luci and now I don't know what's going on 😱 but seriously, I only really like McKelvie's art so it was a bummer his wasn't more prominent in this volume. Well, Brandon Graham's bit about Sakhmet was cute. Really can't wait to see under Woden's mask, the piece of crap. Variant cover art by Grimes 💚

callielafleur I love this series so much!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
UnidragonFrag @callielafleur It's moving on up into my fave graphic novels! 2y
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CatLass007
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A must-read for anyone who loves graphic novels!! Still wondering what the end of Vol. 2 means. Plus, what is Ananke‘s agenda? Five stars ✨ out of five for each of the first three volumes. Looking forward to reading Volumes 4 & 5, which I also have checked out of the library. Unfortunately, Vol. 6 won‘t be released until January 18, 2018. Hope my library gets it sooner rather than later or I may be “forced” to buy the entire series. Hahahaha.

jpmcwisemorgan I loved the first one but haven‘t had a chance to continue with the series. 2y
CatLass007 @jpmcwisemorgan I can‘t urge you strongly enough to continue reading the series. It‘s certainly the best thing I have read in quite a while. 2y
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archaeolibrarianologist
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AmandaL
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#slaythatseriesreadathon I hope I can figure out what is going on soon!

speljamr This entire series is incredible. I fell in love with Lucifer. 2y
AmandaL @speljamr Luci is awesome. 2y
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sebrittain
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It's been a while since I read vol. 2, but I really enjoyed jumping back in to this world. I felt like so much was revealed in this volume, and the cliff hanger in the end has me very ready for vol. 4.

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stacybmartin
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Panpan

This was just a mess. All over the place and nothing really happening.

redphoto3 I just could not understand this at all! 2y
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Chachic
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Bailedbailed

#didntlikeitstillfinished for #marchintoreading. I tried until volume 3 before deciding that this series isn't for me. There‘s too much violence, too many questions, and not enough answers. I wouldn‘t have minded the violence if I loved the story, but sadly, that wasn‘t the case here. I just wasn't invested enough in the characters or the plot.

#graphicnovel @RealLifeReading

MCYmermaid This is definitely a slow burn series-- I remain intrigued, but understand others' frustrations. 2y
Chachic @MCYmermaid I tried it because I saw other readers raving about the series... sad that it didn't work for me. I was still confused after finishing the third volume! 2y
MCYmermaid I saw this was where @DanySpike bailed as well, so I am proceeding with caution. 2y
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LazyOwl I read the first volume, but it just wasn't for me, I didn't end up continuing with the series. This was actually my first graphic novel read 2y
Chachic @MCYmermaid The third volume has different artists so I found the change in style jarring too. 2y
Chachic @LazyOwl Oh sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your first graphic novel read! I hope you're still willing to give more of them a try.😊 2y
LazyOwl @Chachic my 2nd GN was Saga, which I love, so no I didn't give up on them 😊 2y
Chachic @LazyOwl That's good to hear! I loved the first Saga volume but eventually gave up on it after volume 3 too.😂 It's so hard for me to find a graphic novel to love. 2y
RealLifeReading I think I've read the first two volumes but never continued with it. I liked the idea of it but just never felt vested enough in the characters to want to continue. 2y
Chachic @RealLifeReading Yeah, same for me. I was intrigued at the start but there wasn't enough to keep me interested in the series. 2y
Jokila Ditto on too many questions, not enough answers 😤 but no ditto to not loving Saga! 😝 Have you tried Descender? 2y
Chachic @Jokila Haha sorry, Saga also didn't work for me. I loved Monstress though (another Image title) but let's see if my interest will hold.🤔 I have Descender on my wishlist, it's been recommended by someone else here on Listy.😁 2y
Jokila Ooh, Monstress is gorgeous. I def rec Descender because one of your complaints is not connecting with the characters (they're all just costumes 🙄) and Jeff Lemire writes impossibly sympathetic characters 2y
Chachic @Jokila Descender sounds like a really good one! I need to get through a couple of graphic novels in my TBR pile before I can justify buying new ones though.😅 2y
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Crystalblu
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Mehso-so

Getting a little convoluted :/

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Bengali.bookworm
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Oh yeah! I am hooked!

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Puredragonstar
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Well powered through that one #ughthesearesogood

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brennareadsbooks
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So fun!

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speljamr
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Mehso-so

I did not like the constant change in artwork. And only a couple of the stories felt like they really added to the story arc.

#comics

Sg1224 Thank you, I‘m glad that I wasn‘t the only one who felt let down by the artwork, which felt so flat and amateur in comparison to the two previous volumes. 1y
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Weaponxgirl
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So as I said in a review before I tend not to rate volumes except as my head puts them in as a whole arc instead. This is my least favourite volume so far, many different artists are used in this volume. I did though really like a new character in here called Tara. I thought what was being said with her was interesting. Still a pick as still want to know what's happening

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BraveNewBooks
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Perfectly paired with a wickedly, divinely spicy bourbon cocktail. #booklush #litdrunk 📚🌶🍸😋

Crinoline_Laphroaig 💗 Your Hashtags @BraveNewBooks ! 3y
GemintheRough ♥️this series 3y
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Fancypants
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Really enjoyed this series about gods who come back and live among humans but die within two years. Intriguing and ready to see where it goes.

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lean_rosey
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The Wicked + the Divine author pages are always this good. If you've been skipping them, you've made a mistake.

Just starting Vol 3, Commercial Suicide. I enjoy this comic but it always gives me a bit of whiplash as there are so many characters to keep straight. (None of these characters are straight, actually. It's what makes them wonderful.)

#comics #graphicnovels

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LauraBrook
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Mehso-so

Okay/good again, and I'm liking the art more than the story again too. Glad I'm getting these through my library. Curious to see what happens in the next volume, but I'm not gonna go crazy waiting for it.

maximoffs This is my favorite comic ever 3y
LauraBrook I feel like I'm missing something, but couldn't out my finger on it. @steverogers , what do you love about it? 3y
maximoffs @laurabrook this wasn't my favorite arc but I am a huge Gillen/McKelvie fan and I'm also a huge fan of things with parthenons of Gods. The first arc made me gasp and kept me on the edge of my seat and ugh the art is just GASP worthy 3y
LauraBrook @steverogers Thanks for your thoughts! The artwork is beautiful, and some of the arcs are edge-of-seaty for sure! And gods stuff is great too! Don't know why it isn't a "pick" for me, but it's just out of reach. I'll have to check out what this team have done before! 3y
maximoffs @LauraBrook are you into superheroes? Try Young Avengers, has my favorite female super hero ever in it. They also did one called Phantogram 3y
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DanySpike
Bailedbailed

I'm sorry. I think this is where we part ways. I thought the second volume was boring, but this one was horrible. Maybe I'm the problem, maybe I wasn't in the right mood or something, but I'm just no longer interested in reading this. Two stars.

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CiViiLy
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Commercial Suicide really delved into the lives & identities, both past & present, of the Gods & Goddesses that populate the story. All them are flawed, some more dastardly than others. All of them are informed by their pasts & none of have really escaped it even w/godly powers. The major arc of the story is being to take shape & show itself. McKelvie's magnificent artwork was definitely missed.

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CiViiLy
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I'm really getting into this series. It's just so good and the story that is being told is just so good and original and gets at things like fame and identity that is really relevant to today's society. The next volume doesn't come out till October so it'll be a little of a wait for me to catch up.

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MGarciaWrites
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I feel like a need a cheat sheet for deities or some trading cards so I can remember who everyone is between volumes. Loved it and I need the next volume stat!!!

MCYmermaid Many folks I trust have recommended these -- I just haven't made it to that part of my TBR list yet. 3y
MCYmermaid Noted! 3y
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Susannah
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#septphotochallenge August Favorite The reason I have loved this series so much is the art, so having guest artists in all but one of the five issues collected in Volume 3 brought the plot problems into focus for me. Nevertheless, I'll definitely keep reading.

Susannah I think the creators are going for something big with this series, made clear in Issue #13, which takes the overarching theme of the highs and lows of celebrity, and shows just how low it can go. It's not subtle, but it provides terrific insight into how heinous celebrity can be in the internet age, especially for women. 3y
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Chessa
Mehso-so

2.5 ⭐️. Mehhhh. Someone tell me that volume 4 improves? Because this was just kind of a hot mess. After the stunning conclusion of Volume 2, I'm pretty disappointed in how slow and stagnant this volume feels. The art was not my fave (seriously, issue #17, whut?!) I guess because I'm so interested in the larger story arc, this mid-season fallback into backstory just felt so...tired and boring. Get back to the meat!

Eyelit I felt the same way. Here's hoping the next volume is better (fingers crossed, pretty please) 3y
Chessa @Eyelit Fingers crossed! 3y
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Chessa
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Here are my current reads - yikes, realizing it's kind of a lot! My Life on the Road on audio by Gloria Steinam. Wic+Div Vol. 3 for comics. Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest for the poetry category of a reading challenge. Shrill by Lindy West because I'm trying my hardest to read this book forevvvver. And The Obelisk Gate for my fiction read (so so good!) #currentreads #currentlyreading #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

Chessa (In case you're wondering about the weird orange square on Wic+Div: it's an Interlibrary loan, and this is how my library tracks them!) :) 3y
UwannaPublishme Gloria is on my #tbr list. How is it? 3y
Titania Obelisk is sitting my TBR pile. 3y
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Chessa @UwannaPublishme It took me a little while to get going on it, honestly. I kept reaching for podcasts first. But I'm into it now! It's really very good! 3y
Chessa @Titania It's reallllly good. It took me a bit to remember what had happened in The Fifth Season, because it picks *right up* where it left off. But it all comes back. It's such an interesting world! 3y
Laalaleighh What is the new ancients? The title is intriguing. 3y
Chessa @Laalaleighh It's a 47 page poem! It's really cool. 3y
Laalaleighh @Chessa I'm gonna have to add it to my tbr! 3y
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Gingersnapppp
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I love this series! I'm so intrigued and love the mystery and all the twists and turns it takes.

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CaseyMoore
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Such a great series with some of my favorite artists taking turns this volume.

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Eyelit
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Mehso-so

Maybe it's because it's been a while since I read volume two, maybe it's the wildly different art of each issue in this volume... But I was definitely not as engaged this time around. Will still continue the series, though.

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kristenlcoates
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Before I could tear them limb from limb, I used to be nervous around boys. Around men. I heard "Hey beautiful! Hey goddess!" turn into "I'm gonna rape you, bitch" enough times to know that the former is just the latter with a bow on it.

BookishFeminist Sadly, too true. 3y
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Misssamnew
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Pickpick

Getting round to reading these beauties. Just finished WicDiv #3. Not as good as the previous 2 (especially the artwork) but it was great to get a little backstory on some of the characters.

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Ansia
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Mehso-so

Slightly disappointing how the great cliffhanger of the previous volume was not even touched upon

Chessa Right?! I'm pretty disappointed in this volume. :/ 3y
Ansia I'm still puzzled! I really liked the premise and core idea of whole thing, and found the end of vol. 2 very strong *provided* that it was not just for shock value. Let's see how this will go... 3y
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LadyBill
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What is HAPPENING in this series? The art is stunning, but *face melts off* SO MUCH IS GOING DOWN.

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Soscha
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I'm having a little difficulty keeping up with plot and the whole pantheon of characters at this point. Could be my own fault there though. I'm still in because the premise is so great and I like to think myself an amateur mythologist. (If you know of a professional position let me know.)

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Soscha
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He's getting tired of competing with books.

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ardoomer
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this! This series is far more enjoyable as collected trades than in single issues. 😀

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strikingthirteen
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Mehso-so

I missed the regular artist and the cliffhanger from volume two is still not really addressed but the snapshots and different artists were interesting enough. Hoping volume four gets us back on track.

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MelodySchreiber
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Mehso-so

I'm obviously still obsessed with this series, but the substitute artists gave the collection an uneven feel. I enjoyed learning more about each of the gods, but I want to get back to Persephone!

Yossarian Good "so-so" expression! 3y
LitHousewife Love the picture! 3y
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MelodySchreiber
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Escaping into comics today. WicDiv does not disappoint; what beautiful fucking art.

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