Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #4

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #4 (The Wicked & The Divine #4)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 17th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It’s good to experiment. We’re experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.


My Review: 

This issue is the first in the series that I've given five stars too and for good reason. The confusion in the first few issues by not pointing out every single aspect of the story pays off as we get to see more of the 12 gods and Luci's character development. 

The Wicked + The Divine critiques a lot about popular culture, especially celebrity and the role it plays in modern day society. There's another interesting theme of being powerful and immortal, but ultimately, being powerless. 

These gods reincarnate every 90 years but enjoy being gods for only two years and the most they get to do is be notorious in the public eye, since they can't hurt humans. It's quite an empty existence and Luci, who is Lucifer, struggles with her very existence and the fact that her fellow gods just let her basically rot until the next incarnation. There's an undertone that Luci accepts who she is but at the same time doesn't want to be just Lucifer.  

It's a great opportunity to see how all the gods deal with their historical reputation and if they can change and grow their character every incarnation or are just destined to be the same as they were since the beginning of their existence. 

The ending is quite splashy and fantastic, as most endings of this series and I'm curious to see how the gods react to this latest development and where Laura's loyalties lie. 

Issue four is available for purchase here.

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