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Wicked Intervention: The Wicked + The Divine #2

by James Johnston

Welcome to Wicked Intervention, Multiversity’s monthly annotation for Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson’s “The Wicked + The Divine”. This week we descend into hell, put on some unsexy finger cuffs and find out what was up with that masked lady from the first issue. Massive spoilers are ahead, natch.

Science and Visions – Theories and Rumblings From the Peanut Gallery

Okay, first things first. I’m not the illest. Even though I’m doing my damnedest to go over “WicDiv” as thoroughly as possible, I’m nowhere near the leading authority on music, comics, and mythology. Like, I’m up there, but I’m fallible.

So I highly encourage everyone to feel free to post their theories, as crazy as they might be, or anything else they think I might have missed. “WicDiv” is a really in-depth book and I feel like Wicked Intervention could be a good space (though definitely not the only one) to discuss theories, ships, etc.

As for the theories presented in the last column, there were some good guesses regarding the circle of symbols relating to the gods of the recurrence but I’m going to admit that I cheated and had read the second issue by the time I wrote that column. (Sorry, catinatree, though I’d suspected the same thing when I read issue #1. That’s why I also kept mum on the woman we now know to be Ananke. If I’d leaked that before the second issue came out, I would’ve been locked in a room with a Dave Matthews Band record or something just as awful.)

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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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