The Wicked+The Divine #1
By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson
Image has really stepped up their line in the past couple years getting new hits like Saga together with old favorites like The Walking Dead. While not every new series they put out is a glorified hit, they have fared well introducing new books and ideas.
The Wicked + The Divine is an interesting book, and luckily it’s written by an equally interesting guy, Kieron Gillen. While he has worked on some high profile books like Uncanny X-Men, Gillen is just as good with off beat stories like this one. Gillen does a great job of keeping the reader guessing at what’s going to happen next. We don’t get many answers this issue, and at the end we still question whether we are dealing with Gods. There isn’t much character development this issue, which is fine since all of that takes time, but from the characters we meet, namely Luci and Laura, we want to know more about them. Gillen also lets this issue flow together nicely. Sometimes an introductory issue can be a drag, but this reads very well and will manage to keep your interest throughout.
The art by Jamie McKelvie has very clean line work that draws (pun intended) you in with the first panel. There are also little things that McKelvie does that will have to put a smile on the readers face. For instance, whenever somebody’s head explodes, there is a little bit of a pop art feel on the panel, which is fantastic. The character designs are also very well done too, and Matthew Wilson should get a ton of credit as well, because his colors were very vibrant and wonderful this issue.
The Wicked + The Divine was an excellent debut issue that can hopefully become another hit for Image. Gillen and McKelvie were really impressive with this title and worked extremely well together. This seems to be common for Image to get some of the best work out of some very talented people; Image strikes again!