The Wicked + The Divine #13

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Tula Lotay Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 5, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 12
8.7Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

There's one god missing in our story. It's time to finally meet Tara, Goddess of God-knows. Also, meet TULA LOTAY (SUPREME: BLUE ROSE) who joins Team WicDiv as the second guest artist in our Eisner Nominated Series. We had to mention the Eisner nom. We are shameless.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Aug 6, 2015

    Although this issue doesn't progress the book's major plots (the fate of Laura, Ananke's scheme, or the hunt for Baphomet), it thoroughly works as a standalone story on the trials of celebrity as well as the more universal problems bred of a rape culture that treats women as easily dispensable beings. I loved this issue for the exact opposite reason that I dug #8 (the one featuring Dionysus). Whereas that issue showed us what acceptance of one's celebrity status can provide for others, namely nonstop partying, this one showed how problematic that celebrity can be for women. If the rest of this arc pulls off this level of character development for the remaining Pantheon members, then I'm fine with Baphomet goes uncaptured for a few more issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 6, 2015

    "If life taught me anything it's that I'm here for people's pleasure." Tara, while she's obviously a fictional character, becomes an all-too-realistic depiction of how famous women (and, let's be honest, most women in general) are forced to deal with the aggression that comes with an assumed entitlement, that it's okay for people to judge them by their bodies and appearance. Even as a god, a pop star celebrity with multitudes of fans, Tara is ultimately powerless against a permeating, toxic misogyny that, if we're being honest, we probably take part in every day. The Wicked + The Divine #13 gets to the heart of that eloquently, thoroughly, and hauntingly. "Fucking Tara", indeed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Aug 4, 2015

    Longtime readers of The Wicked + Divine will likely find Tara's tale a surprisingly dark read given the comedic undertones of her references so far. But The Wicked + The Divine #13 drives at the heart of the tragic world Gillen has been building for these young gods since the beginning, and provides a much-needed perspective on those gods who do not go willingly through the looking glass. While a challenging and emotionally fraught read, this month's issue is the most poignant yet, and fans won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Aug 6, 2015

    “The Wicked + The Divine” #13 leaves us with a very simple request: “Try to be kinder. You have no idea what people are going through”. Tara is gone and it's because of people not so different from what we see in real life. Words hurt and they can cause more harm than we can often imagine. It's not about political correctness or being overly sensitive – it's about being a decent human being. No one should ever be put in a place where they want to end their life and Tara teaches us that no one is excused from pain. “The Wicked + The Divine” #13 is poignant, important and extremely painful to get through but it's a perfect demonstration of how high comics can reach. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Recap - Sofia Marlasca Aug 13, 2015

    Gillen has created an amazing standalone issue, with great narrative that manages to encompass Tara's story as a whole, make us fall in love with her and then break our hearts, all within 30 pages. The guest artist is the perfect choice for this otherworldly beautiful issue. Every delicate social problem is handled respectfully, without shying away from the ugliness of reality, which makes this book the most shocking so far. Overall, this might be the best issue The Wicked + The Divinehas published so far, and definitely one that will be talked about widely and for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Aug 6, 2015

    The way the creators wrap up the issue is absolutely brilliant. The Wicked + The Divine #13 is a devastating issue and should be required reading for anyone signing up for their first social media account. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Aug 5, 2015

    Overall, this was an excellent issue, and it leaves us with some additional questions even as Tara makes a tragically early exit off stage. Ananke's destruction of the suicide note raises questions about her ulterior motives. Even though she did genuinely seem to care for Tara, she was also protecting the image of the Pantheon. How would people react if they knew all of this? It couldn't be good. Next issue is about Woden. What other ugly secrets are we about to learn about Woden? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Aug 5, 2015

    I guess I shouldn't have expected anything else but darkness in a run titled "Commercial Suicide" and from our lord of None More Goth. And as painful as these issues are to read, the story has me firmly sucked in. I'm glad we got a "here we are in the story" bit to keep us going and I'm definitely intrigued to see what Woden has to say in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Rainbow Hub - Logan Dalton Aug 5, 2015

    WicDiv #13 works as a deeply emotional character study and a showcase for Tula Lotay's wavy lines and play of colors while berating humanity in general's horrible of treatment of women, both on the Internet and in real life. Kieron Gillen uses the character of Tara to launch a frontal assault on journalists who treat women as sex objects (Fuck you, Daily Mail and every beach body issue of whatever celebrity rag folks are buying these days.) and brings the light of day to the darkest dregs of fandom. Sadly, some tone-deaf misogynist will slut shame a Tara cosplayer at a future comics convention, but he will be condemned by the text that he claims to love and understand. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Aug 7, 2015

    All told, "The Wicked + The Divine" #13 is a compassionate, feminist statement well worth making. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 11, 2015

    Even by the standards of this book, this one is brutal (with a scathing look at social media.) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Kirsty Hunter Aug 5, 2015

    Each issue of The Wicked + the Divine is a brilliant reminder of why it inspires such hysterical devotion from its fans, and why it can afford to risk that by making such bold and risky decisions. Let's be honest, the only other property that can get away with wantonly murdering so many of its best characters is Game of Thones, and WicDiv does it much better. As much as I'm missing Laura (and as always, Luci) the series has so much to say while having a damn good time doing it that I, for one, remain devout. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Chris Heading Aug 6, 2015

    Also missing again in this issue is the artful, if not masterful use of black space. Let's hope next issue's guest artist is brave enough to experiment with the technique as it has become one of the many elements that have come to define this series. Without taking such liberties, it's not quite The Wicked and The Divine. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Aug 6, 2015

    This is a very confusing issue for a jumping in point. None of the gods seem to like each other. The tone of this book is dark and it's trying far too hard to be grown up. The tweets were disgusting to read. I know things like that happen but some words should never be in a comic, yes the C word is used but the vulgar language put me right off. The whole book talks about rape like its something every man is thinking about. Not for me. Read Full Review

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