It’s almost here. The finale of one of the most impressive comic book series of the modern era is upon us, with the release of the penultimate issue of The Wicked + The Divine. Over the last five years, we’ve seen the growth of this series from a well-known favorite to a true classic. The quality has always been there, but the consistency is what makes this book as amazing as it is. It’s one thing to have a good few issues or maybe a great arc. But for forty-four issues, this series has been impressing readers over and over, giving us new twists to savor, new characters to love, and a new reason to keep reading with each successive issue. I’ve been covering this series for a long time, and what keeps me coming back to the series each time is what is likely the same as it is for many readers: It’s really, really good.
This issue sees the final loose ends being tied up, as the gods that live for two yeas before flaming out have broken the cycle for what could be the last time. Many are dead, but many more live again as their true selves, or some version of it. Burdened by the trauma of their ascension, what they’ve gone through during their time as powerful beings, the ramifications of their actions, and the realization that they’re at the end of the road, the remaining gods make one last stand to tie up all of the loose ends.
This series has had incredible longevity, as a five-year run of anything is an achievement, but for there to be five years of brilliant storytelling, gorgeous art, and a beloved following is something truly special. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have cultivated an amazing career together, with New Avengers and Phonogram under their belts as a team. This chemistry is evident and is one of the reasons why this book seems to flow so well, and for so long.
Matt Wilson rounds out this team and is another one of the core members of this art team, having also worked with both Gillen and McKelvie on other projects. While McKelvie’s art is always dynamic and interesting, Wilson injects some vibrant and popping colors on a series that is only improved by such dedication and talent.
The series is about to hit its final crescendo, and it’s been an incredible ride over the last five years. Many series don’t make it this far, and it’s a testament to how special this team and this series are. When the next issue is released, it will be bittersweet, but it has been one of the prime comic book experiences of our time.
Creative Team: Kieron Gillen (writer), Jamie McKelvie (artist), Matt Wilson (colors), Clayton Cowles (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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