Comic Vine Review


The Wicked + The Divine #3 Review



The Good

Like the Amaterasu show in Issue #1, this month's installment of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE places us -- and our proxy, Laura -- right in the action at a pop/god concert, driving away from the "routine cop work" and origin stories, and back into the music. Unlike the first issue's gig? The Baphomet vs. Morrigan battle/concert is no sunny love-fest. It's explosive, it's angry, and it's faster paced than a 1-2-3-4.

The dialogue in this issue is rhythmic and sometimes rhyming, and paired with the gothity-goth-goth characters we've just met, the Underground/Underworld stage is immediately full of personality. Or multiple personalities. It's immersive, and the scripting is exactly right for introducing the death-centered parts of the pantheon -- showing rather than telling.

Speaking of showing? McKelvie's panel layouts are vivid and active -- if a book can make you feel like you're falling right along with a character, that's a win. The use of darkness (or bright, fiery light) in the Underground is very effective, and WICDIV keeps its stride in the "visually interesting" category.

As with last issue, I'm totally addicted to doing research on the gods behind the gods. You've gotta love a book that inspires learning, right?

The Bad

After a flashy, fantastic open, there was a bit of a dip in the middle. The scene with Laura's parents changed the pace -- which is cool -- but also seemed to be missing some clarity of purpose.

The Verdict

WICDIV continues to surprise and delight, with larger-than-life characters and equally thrilling situations. Everything about the book, from design to research to dialogue, feels intentional -- which in turn, makes it easier to buy into. It's a stunning execution of a high concept that's already unique, and a fresh, enjoyable read.

9 Comments Refresh
Posted by Lily_LeBeau

This book is so thoroughly good and enjoyable, which isn't much of a surprise considering the creative team behind it.

Image is really cementing their rep as putting out some of the most diverse, interesting books.

Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Huh, it's been quite a while since I've seen you around her Ms. Aprahamian :)

Posted by MissJ
Posted by Vulshock

I like it but I have a hard time figuring out who is who.

Posted by czechoslovakia

@vulshock said:

I like it but I have a hard time figuring out who is who.

YES I have the same problem, but it's probably my own fault

Posted by czechoslovakia

I know it's only 3 issues in, but this is probably my favorite Image title right now. It speaks to me...the same way Kanye does

Posted by fables87

THE MORRIGAN! I so want to read this when it come out on trade!

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

@fables87: You totally should. The first trade comes out in November and collects the first 5 issues. It's called "The Faust Act."

Posted by munkieKONG

The Baphomet character seemed kind of empty and generic to me. So does Baal, actually. All the male "god" characters we've seen so far just kind of look and act like normal trendy guys w/ a bad attitude. The female characters have had great design and personality though.