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This Week’s Finest: The Wicked + the Divine #28

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Jamie McKelvie

By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

As previously observed, The Wicked + the Divine has always been focused on the subject of youth. However, this has hardly caused the series to remain static—quite the opposite in fact. One of writer Kieron Gillen’s motifs has been how the devil-may-care attitudes of adolescence gradually cede to the responsibilities of adulthood. The initial arcs depicted a Pantheon fully in thrall to their newfound powers; most of the freshly minted divinities were luxuriating in dazzlingly heights (or lows, if you were the Goth type with a preference for moping through poorly lit tube stations). It is true that mortality haunted The Pantheon from nearly the beginning striking down some of its brightest stars. Perhaps this is another reason why the brilliant Tara chapter (#13) struck such a deep chord: here was a portrait of a god buckling under the weight of her mantle. Tara never sought fame and all its trappings; indeed she desired as much anonymity as possible. When she turned to Ananke, The Pantheon’s mentor, for relief,, Tara was brutally rebuffed. In death she became another reminder of the finality which waits even for the divine. In fact, each time a Pantheon member has died, the tone of the narrative has shifted. Lucifer’s demise moved the theme from cheeky world-building concept to heart-wrenching poignancy. Inanna and Tara’s deaths deepened this somber atmosphere. Then Persephone’s killing of Ananke altered the status quo even more drastically. Adult supervision was gone and the children were left to fend for themselves. What would they do now that the only authority was their own? “Whatever we want,” Persephone declares. As the first half of Imperial Phase powerfully draws to a close, the reader is left wondering just how well that anthem is working out for any of them.

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This Year’s Finest 2016: Best Single Issues

As 2017 begins to unfold, Nothing But Comics draws its coverage of 2016 to an end with my list of Best Single Issues. All entries are listed alphabetically by title.

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Review of The Wicked + The Divine #23

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Jamie McKelvie

By Kieron Gillen, Leigh Alexander, Dorian Lynskey, Laurie Penny, May HK Choi, Ezekiel Kweku, Kevin Wada, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

From the beginning, The Wicked + The Divine has demonstrated a willingness to continually alter its shape. The scope of the series is large, not only in terms of character and plot, but thematically as well. At the outset, writer Kieron Gillen established a narrative which would tackle issues of fame, creativity, popular culture, identity, legacy, youth and mortality. Such rich material naturally allows Gillen the freedom to spin his story off in different directions adjusting the tone along the way. Recently #22 brought to close the Rising Action arc with dynamic action set pieces and wrenching character moments. What followed was an interlude of a more reflective sort, the 1831 Special. Set amongst the 19th Century Romantic Pantheon, it cultivated a more atmospheric, quieter vibe. Tonally quite different, yet, each outstanding in their own way. On Wednesday, Wicked + Divine took another experimental left turn. The result is a fascinating, stunning comic.

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