Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #7

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #7 (The Wicked & The Divine #7)
Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: January 21st 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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Last year, before The Recurrence, fans gathered from their lonely worlds at RAGNAROCK to wonder whether the gods were really about to return or not. Now, as the next RAGNAROCK approaches, everyone knows things are different. What’s more, there are two gods still to emerge. Will anyone there get “lucky?” Look at us whistle, shuffle feet, and avoid eye contact.


My Review:

Issue 7 of The Wicked and The Divine is a transitional issue and it hit so many points and things that I like about this series that make it unique in the comic genre. 

This issue explores a lot more of the central themes of the series, including celebrity, fame, and worship. Laura is not a god, yet her status is elevated at the London Fantheon due to her relationship with Lucifer.  

It presents the various problems with fans and their relationship to who they decide to be a fan of and how these two parties to interact with one another. The gods in this story look like famous contemporary artists, mostly musicians, and Gillen gives biting commentary on the ethics and morale of the music industry and pop culture. 

There's a lot of cool narrative techniques, such as showing a map of the convention while simultaneously progressing the story with Laura's day at the convention through her scribbling commentary on the map and a block of text of Laura's thoughts as they block her face from the reader. 

The Wicked + The Divine #7 is a great issue and expertly done by the creators. The attention to detail, not just with the art, but with the text bubbles is fantastic and shows the unlimited potential that comics can bring to a story. 

The Wicked + The Divine Issue 7 is available here.

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 

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