I finally joined the cool kids and read the first 7 issues of The Wicked + The Divine. One word: phenomenal. (If you aren’t already reading it–start right now. Why are you still reading this?! Read this comic!!) Ahem… The comic follows “The Pantheon”–twelve human teenagers who become gods with super human abilities. These gods are pop stars and have many adoring fans. With their new found powers and fame, what could possibly go wrong for these teen idols? Once you become a god, you only have two years to live. “The Recurrence” cycle happens every ninety years.
Kieron Gillen writes a well paced and captivating story. The protagonist and audience surrogate, Laura, is a typical teenager who just happens to befriend her favorite pop idols. At the heart of the story, there is an unsolved mystery surrounding the members of the Pantheon. Laura will stop at nothing to unravel the Gordian Knot of lies and deceit. I love Jaime McKelvie‘s art–fresh, vibrant, and very stylized. It invokes the feel of a vivid, engrossing pop/rock music video.
The characters are well developed and diverse. I love how the Pantheon is made up of gods native to myths from all over the world. Yes, they are gods, but they are also teenagers. Rebellious free spirits who act invisible, but have a shorter leash then they think. Even gods have their limits. A lot of the gods invoke real life musical idols. Baal reminds me of Kanye West. Cocky, confident, charming, and talented. Inanna is definitely modeled after Prince. Hair coiffed, vibrant ruffled outfits, and his word bubbles are even in purple. One of my favorite characters is Lucifer–Luci for short. She is a bad ass anti hero. Trust me–you will love her.
Issue number 8 hits stands today, February 25th, and I cannot wait to read it. Run out to your local comic book shop today and pick up TW+TD!! You won’t regret it. Have you read The Wicked + The Divine? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
|Image via Issue 8 Cover|