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Review: “The Wicked + The Divine” #2

by Sam LeBas

What Gillen and McKelvie have created in “The Wicked + The Divine” is an unapologetic, brazen new series, hell-bent on exploring the nature of the creativity and the culture which surrounds it in a novel way. The second issue of the series draws readers deeper into the world of The Pantheon, their devotees and their adversaries by allowing us to become better acquainted with Laura, a superfan, and Luci, the devil herself. Every page turn will find the reader pursued by the muses and demons that lurk about the business of making art.

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Wicked Intervention – The Wicked + The Divine #1

by James Johnston

Welcome to Wicked Intervention, Multiversity’s new monthly annotation for Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilsons “The Wicked + The Divine”. Though Gillen already does a stellar job of covering his own titles with the notes he has on his Tumblr (link here), we feel WicDiv is still the type of book that warrants further discussion. Today, we look at the first issue, first meetings, and time as a flat vinyl. As should be pretty obv by now, massive spoilers are afoot.

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This Month In Comics: June 2014

by Vince Ostrowski

Best Issue: “Moon Knight” #4

I’m going to be honest – “Moon Knight” #4 gave me nightmares. Not only was it incredibly unsettling and vivid in the way that it blended fantasy and reality, blurring lines and keeping the reader in the dark as to what is real and what is imaginary. That’s difficult to convey in a Marvel 616 universe, where our heroes routinely encounter alien beings from other planets and use cosmic abilities to accomplish their goals. With all due respect to Brandon Graham’s unique artistic vision, I referenced it when talking about “Moon Knight” #4, because I think it is reaching for a similar goal. When Moon Knight encounters this weird mushroom “world”, I was reminded of the exploration of impossible planetscapes that “Prophet” gives us on a monthly basis. This issue dares to do things that mainstream comics often don’t, using a minimalist plot as a springboard for Shalvey to do some of his best work yet. A masterstroke, as far as “big 2″ comics goes.

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Artist Alley: Jamie McKelvie Introduces Us To “The Wicked + The Divine” [Interview]

by David Harper

Today brings the first issue of the newest project from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, “The Wicked + The Divine”. Their collaboration as writer and artist has been one of the most creatively fertile and consistently great of any we’ve seen in the last decade, and their latest from Image Comics is nothing short of magnificent. James will elaborate on that in our Pick of the Week review, but Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles have created something truly special here, something that feels like what they’ve done before, but with all of the experience they’ve had in recent years pushing the project to an even greater level.

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The Ultimate Party at the End of the World: Kieron Gillen on “the Wicked + the Divine” [Interview]

by Matthew Meylikhov

When it was first announced at Image Expo earlier this year, we (alongside many fans) were excited for Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s latest collaboration, “The Wicked + The Divine.” We spoke with Kieron about the book a bit, but obviously were limited at the time to what little existed of the book to talk about.

Yet now, as the book is about a month away from release, we once again sit down to talk about the book with its first issue complete and eagerly awaiting your pre-order. And let me say up front: if you like anything Gillen and McKelvie have done so far, then you’re about to see them a step higher than they’ve achieved so far.

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“Some Haters Have Machine Guns”: The Wicked and the Divine Creative Team Release Teaser Comic

by James Johnston

In an effort to spread awareness of their series like a viral agent in the blogosphere’s bloodstream, the creative team of the upcoming “The Wicked + the Divine” (Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson) have released this teaser comic on the official #WicDiv website. Get your first look at the series later on in the pages of the June Previews, on the #WicDiv blog, or below.

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Gods, Pop, the Wicked and the Divine with Kieron Gillen [Interview]

by Matthew Meylikhov

In addition to our extended interview about the end of “Young Avengers”, the 90-minute interview session continued as we talked all about his new book with Jamie, “The Wicked and the Divine.”Announced at Image Expo, the book finds the gods of old returning in new human forms to be worshipped like pop stars, and we follow Laura, who is a fan of the gods and their spectacle.

Read on as we talk about the book, its impetus, the collaboration between Jamie and Kieron and more.

Alright, let’s talk about your new book with Jamie, “The Wicked and The Divine.” In the first interview you did for the series on Comics Alliance, you mentioned you’re still having a bit of trouble explaining it to people (because it was the first interview). Is it probably a fair guess that you can explain the book a little bit better now, specifically to me, here?

KG: Oh, no, this is the second interview! [Laughs] The second one which was longer than five minutes, anyway. It’s one of those things, I was aware that when I was getting on stage — is the video up of that yet?

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Saying Goodbye to the Young Avengers with Kieron Gillen [Interview]

by Matthew Meylikhov

Launched after “Journey into Mystery,” Marvel saw fit to team up Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen for a new volume of “Young Avengers.” The first follow-up to use the characters in their own book after Heinberg and Cheung’s epic story with them finally concluded, the book displayed a different side of the characters as they were all forced to grow up as the Mother parasite attack, relationships blossomed and crumbled and the world was saved in a way that the adult heroes never could. And now, after a year, the book has come to an end; with the season wrapped and both Jamie and Kieron agreeing that it is time to move on, Kieron was kind enough to sit down with us for an exit interview on the series.

Read on as Kieron talks frankly about the book, its success, its failures, its relationship with the fans, “Journey into Mystery” and more (and be sure to come back soon for the second part of our chat with Kieron about his and Jamie’s new book, “The Wicked and the Divine.”)

So my first question is, how are you doing? How are comics treating you today?

Kieron Gillen: OK. What’s happened this morning? Well, I finished a script, so, productive, which is always a good thing for a Friday. The year so far has been pretty damn good. I was quite down last year but this year I’m quite up again, at least so far. The Image Expo of actually put a smile on a face. It’s essentially going to a place with so many exciting new projects and so many you people dig, and you’re just generally hanging out. So we stayed a couple of extra days and basically just spent some time with the Image folk who we’ve been friends with for years. So, yeah, I’m probably as energized as I ever am, which is not very much because I’m basically an Englishman who runs on business and despair as is our natural wont. How are you?

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