‘The Wicked + The Divine #25:’ Comic Book Review

Well, another issue of Wic/Div has been released, and with it comes some of the biggest revelations of the series thus far. We've basically been hearing for most of the series about the impending doom that is to befall our cadre of psychotic and hedonistic Gods once their ninety years on Earth are up. They're to die, without question, only to be reborn again some time later. Their fearless leader, Ananke, knew this, and in order to preserve this way of life, intended to sacrifice four of the Gods to stave off something called “The Great Darkness.” That didn't exactly go well, as the Gods revolted and killed Ananke, leaving everything kind of up in the air.

This issue mostly brings into closer focus the turn of Laura, now reborn as the Goddess Persephone, from squealing fangirl to the most fearsome of all the Gods. Dubbed “The Destroyer,” Persephone has been spearheading not only her vengeance on Ananke, but a true rebirth of the Gods in their own glorious images.

The focus on Persephone allows us a unique perspective into the total collapse of the series as a whole. And not a collapse in a bad way, but more like a total upheaval of how the series works. Once a story about looking at the mysterious Gods from the outside, we're now in the thick of things, with Persephone and Cassandra, now a member of the Norns, attempting to get everyone on the same page regarding the whole Ananke thing. Especially the Tron-esque Woden, who is basically the personification of an entitled child. Nothing is going well, everything is chaos, and it's glorious.

Without delving into too much, Persephone is terrifying, and as she begins to feel as though she's gotten things under her control, everything changes once again. Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are moving at breakneck speed, with an end in sight, though not one that seems to be coming anytime soon. There's an absolute feeling of progress in this series, though, and with so much going on, it's amazing that this creative team can stay so focused on what is such an incredible and vibrant world.

Jamie McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson need to stop. Seriously. As a team, and combined with the writing chops of Gillen, McKelvie and Wilson have brought something so visually appealing to this book that it's almost insulting. It's bright, colorful, and gorgeous. It's unlike any other book, and the ability to convey the sort of speed that's become a major trait of this arc is fascinating, because things are going so fast and developing so quickly that it could be a tough order to handle, but they're doing it beautifully.

I don't know where this is going, but with the reveal at the end of the book, it's all going to go very wrong, very quickly. I can't wait to see what happens.

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