The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
If I just keep yelling, “SO GOOD! SO GOOD!!!” will it make the next issues come out any quicker? Either way, it’s not going to stop me. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I was sold from the beginning. Hell, I was sold by the premise before I even laid eyes on the gorgeous art, or got into the amazing story. So this is going to be a rave. Go pick it up. Now. And then come back and tell me what you thought so we can fangirl together.
So, incarnations of gods chillin’ in the modern world for a couple of years. The gods come from several different pantheons, one of whom is my personal favourite, Woden, who in this comic looks like a member of Daft Punk. Because why not? The main character Laura is one of the many groupies who attend the gods’ performances and will do just about anything to meet them. Well, meet them, she does. By the end of the first issue you’ve got Lucifer falsely(?) accused of killing a judge and only Laura can clear her name by doing very her own Veronica Mars impersonation.
As the issues go on, Laura meets more and more of the pantheon including, in one amazing issue, the underworld gods Baphomet, and The Morrigan; Badb, Macha and Gentle Annie. And there are just ravens, and underground trains, and people’s heads exploding everywhere, and are you intrigued yet? There is a bit of lore to get used to, and a heck of a lot more ground to cover before the story is done. I don’t want to spoil it, but things get even more exciting in the fourth and fifth issues as the ‘whodunnit’ story arc comes to an end(?) that, I’ll admit, I didn’t see coming. I probably should have, but I like to think that it’s a testament to just how engrossed I was in the story that I didn’t. And then of course, the very last page. I was speechless. I need more. So, where did we land on the whole ‘making the new issues come out quicker’ thing?