• Matt Ligeti

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOL. 1

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Art: Jamie McKelvie

Publisher: Image Comics

The Wicked + The Divine, Cover, Image Comics, Gillen/McKelvie

WHAT IS IT?

A murder mystery meets American Gods. Less road-trippy. More glam.

Sure, the whole “Gods walk among us” thing has been done before. But for a good reason – ‘cause it’s awesome.

Also, this volume sets up a story that spirals into an incredible, masterfully told tale that you truly need to experience.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

Normal teenagers get the power of gods and turn into pop stars. It’s super awesome for them, except they’re prophesied to die in 2 years’ time. Until then, they live the glamorous life we mortals can only dream of.

Teenage Laura is obsessed with these gods and eventually, she befriends one of them. But she ends up with more than she bargained for when one of the gods is murdered. Who could kill an immortal? And why would they want to? Can she solve this mystery before it happens again?

WHAT WORKS?

  • One of the best and most popular indie titles out there

  • The plot is deep and interesting, always keeping you guessing

  • The book’s art and color are crisp, beautiful and push the boundaries of what you’d expect of comics as a medium

  • It’s fun to see the pop music influence on each of the gods (you’ll think of Bowie, Prince and more when you meet each of them)

  • There are several more trade paperbacks (collections of single issues), so there’s plenty more story to tell

  • Again, seeing godlike powers and mythos is never NOT awesome

  • The entire creative team is made up of the top names in the business

  • Great representation of different ages, races, and sexes

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • If you’re not a fan of pop icons or godly powers or gothiness, this comic probably isn’t for you

  • Some violence (like exploding body parts), cigarette smoking and “adult themes” may make it less kid-friendly (but probably OK for the older YA crowd)

  • Don’t expect everything to be resolved by the end of the first trade paperback


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

This is one of my favorite books out there. Read it and read it now. It captures the feel of idolizing a person or group and how that feeling can change once you’re a part of it. And if you’re a sucker for fancy powers or mysteries, this is a masterful work by four people at the top of their game.


The Wicked + The Diving, Vol. 1, pages 14-15, Image Comics, Gillen/McKelvie

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?


If you like the writing:

  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

  • God Country by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie & John J. Hill

  • East Of West, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta

If you like the art:

  • Phonogram, Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

  • Moon Knight, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey

  • The Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith & Mike Dringenberg

ABOUT THE CREATORS


Kieron Gillen – Writer

  • Music Lover: Used to be a music and computer game journalist

  • Often partners with artist Jamie McKelvie on other works

  • Has mentioned he might quit writing comics and move on to a different medium

Jamie McKelvie – Art

  • Music Lover: Also illustrates band posters and directs videos for bands like CHVRCHES and Teagan & Sara

  • Also often does character/costume redesigns for Marvel

  • Rumor: Secretly loves Kieron Gillen’s puns

Matt Wilson – Colors

  • Name Recognition: One of the most talented and sought-out colorists in the industry

  • Dream Team: Currently works with some of the biggest names in comics

Clayton Cowles – Letters

  • Name Recognition: Cowles (pronounced ‘Coals’) is also extremely talented and sought-out in the comics industry

  • Dream Team: Currently works with some of the biggest names in comics

  • Prolific: This guy has lettered most of the comics I’ve read in the past 3 years

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