Something a little different this week on Wee Bit Wordy’s Book Corner. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, due to personal and work reasons, I have fallen behind on my reading. In saying that, I hate to let you guys down, and let the day go without your weekly WBW Book Corner dose, so today’s spotlight is on a new comic book I picked up last week called The Wicked + The Divine written by Kieron Gillen and with beautiful art by Jamie McKelvie!
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
I first came across Kieron Gillen’s writing when he was working on Uncanny X-Men just a few years ago and have been hooked since. When I found out he was doing a self-created series with another favourite artist of mine, Jamie McKelvie (whose work I first saw way back in a 2008 issue of ImagineFX magazine) I was ecstatic!
To sum this comic book up in one, it reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, but on drugs! I also recommend that if you haven’t done so, that you read American Gods as it is amazing too, but enough about that–
The story begins on the first page with a splash page of an illustration, beautifully done by McKelvie, of a skull placed upon a table, and the words “And once again, we return to this.” Very ominous! We’re also told on the inside page that this issue is called “Once again” and starts on December 31, 1923.
On page three, we see the table the skull is placed upon, and that it can seat up to twelve, only four of which are filled, and one standing. Without giving anything more away, there’s a click of the fingers, followed by an explosion and “1-2-3-4” we are then informed it is now January 1, 2014.
These first few pages are very vital, because believe me, if the comic hasn’t got you hooked by now and wanting to know more, then this comic is not for you.
I shall not delve more into description, as I don’t want to give the whole 20+ pages of beauty away, but if you need more enticing, there are gods in it. Which Gods? Amaterasu, Sakhmet, and Lucifer, but to name a few, and I’m sure there will be more in the coming issues.
The art in this is beautiful and clean, and did I mention it was beautiful? McKelvie’s line art is so smooth, no rough edges, no unnecessary bits and bobbles, no harsh and pointy lines where they’re not required and then its all topped off with bright pop-art-esque colors by Matthew Wilson and some beautiful (again with that word!) design work by Hannah Donavan.
If you buy only one comic book this year–or this month–or this week–today–tomorrow–make it The Wicked + The Divine because I can promise you now: you won’t be disappointed!
The Wicked + The Divine gets a 5/5 from me! Please tune in on Sunday for the next Building Rome update, Tuesday for a little bit of “anything goes”, and then check back in here next Thursday for another WBW Book Corner! Oh, and if you haven’t done so already, please hit the follow/subscribe button, and make sure to let me know what YOU thought of The Wicked + The Divine in the comments section below! Toodles! 😉