The Wicked + The Divine #2

Writer: Keiron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 21
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jul 17, 2014

    One of the highest marks of praise that I can give to a series is that I dread the extra week between issues when it's a five-week month. But I don't want to wait until August 20th for the next installment of THE WICKED THE DIVINE; I want to consume it instantly, and the next issue right after. There are twelve gods to learn about/adore/hate, and a multitude more opinions to form -- and then change, because isn't that what pop culture is about? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 15, 2014

    If The Wicked + The Divine’s bombastic debut issue didn’t do it for you, Issue #2 is sure to change your mind. Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and company have already set up the concept and themes that they’ll be exploring, but now they get a bit more character-driven, and it really helps the books move forward. McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson really expand the visual language of the book as well, allowing the narrative room to get even weirder as the team truly kicks it into a higher gear in the final pages. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jul 15, 2014

    Music possesses a power that I cannot hope to capture with my words. You'll never hear me bother to even attempt to review a concert or album. Because when music is good in a way that I don't want to express in speech. It's the kind of good that you want to express by moving, dancing, crying out, and banging your head. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie continually capture that feeling and passion in their comics. Together they're making comics that make you want to move and shout. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jul 16, 2014

    Basically, The Wicked + the Divine is the series to be looking out for. If you aren't following it, go pick it up right now. This is already going on my year end best list, which is something I am extremely picky about. That's as high of a recommendation as I can give. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 17, 2014

    Overall Unless something unlikely and drastically bad happens, there is no foreseeable future where I will leave this book on the stands. Like the first issue, Ill be reading and re-reading every issue, clapping and laughing hysterically the entire way. No book should have all this power. No book. But, if any book could make the gods tremble, its surely The Wicked + The Divine. 10 out of 10 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli Jul 22, 2014

    McKelvie also seems to be stretching his already glorious abilities, infusing the clean austerity of his lines with more static and chatter in scenes like the delightful descent to the underground, and the very nature of The Morrigan. There's also one of the best renditions of Lucifer this side of him abdicating the throne, tossing Morpheus the key to the gates of hell, and just... leaving in Sandman (which will forever be one of my Lucifer Portrayal Gold Standards). Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 19, 2014

    If Young Avengers was superheroic social media experiment, The Wicked + The Divine is reality TV for gods. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Jul 17, 2014

    This book is beautiful. Somehow, Gillen and McKelvie have managed to condense this larger than life story into a relatable, personal narrative. Full of emotion and nuance, this series supports the hefty weight of its subject matter with realistic interactions and sincerity throughout. Perhaps what makes "The Wicked + The Divine" so successful is its deft portrayal of human nature. While the battle of good and evil may be ramping up in the background, the characters are first and foremost motivated by desire: the desire to create, to connect, to matter, to be loved; the most human wants of all, guide the story and those within it. It is that humanity that reminds us of the wicked divinity we seek in the mirror that we call art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 15, 2014

    You mix in the perfection that is Matthew Wilson's coloring and the way Clayton Cowles's lettering heightens the talent on every comic he works on, what you're left with is a second issue that is leaps-and-bounds above the first and will no doubt bring in readers, like myself, that were either on the fence or completely against it. We were wrong, doubters. We were wrong to not like it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Jon Evans Oct 20, 2014

    What really sells this series to me is the utter depth of detail and love of the medium that is shown in the artwork. Gillen has worked closely with McKelvie and Wilson to give the reader clues to the mood of the story. The shift from large blocks of darkness to inverted-colour pop art to indicate the gods using their powers, to the gorgeous and heart-rendering silent panels with a single expression that speaks more than a hundred talking head panels, shows both remarkable economy of space, but also a great understanding of the characters that they are creating. Add to that the refreshingly familiar setting for us Brits, it bodes well for future editions. Read this now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 18, 2014

    With "The Wicked + The Divine," Gillen and McKelvie have delivered a creator owned book that so effortlessly represents their creative synergy in the best of ways. Their years of working together creating fantastic books was only a prelude to this stunning crescendo that has built to this moment. I cannot wait to see what else they do with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Jul 18, 2014

    If you're looking for a refreshing change of pace from your normal reads, a smartly-written book about young people, or just an all-around good comic book, you should really give this title a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 17, 2014

    Readers who fell in love with the first issue will have already bought #2, but for those like myself who were more reticent about giving it a go, it looks like this series may just live up to the hype after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 17, 2014

    As much as I wish Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie were delivering a third Phonogram series right now, The Wicked + The Divine isn't a bad substitute. It's more plot-driven than Phonogram, which is a plus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 15, 2014

    The Wicked + The Divine is proving to be a very clever and edgy series with these gods and their desires being very intriguing to say the least. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 16, 2014

    This book is a whole lot of fun. We're still in the first act, in the baby steps beginning, so things are going slow, but they're building nicely. Make sure you check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Touch of Grey Jul 23, 2014

    The Wicked and the Divine is only two issues in so far, but I'm enjoying it enough to classify it as my second favorite Image title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 16, 2014

    I think it is really important to read outside your comfort zone. I dont really get this book, yet, and thats ok. In fact its a really good thing because it will motivate me to examine, re-read, think harder, and possibly even research. We should all try to read things over our heads from time to time and not dismiss them for being frustrating. Getting to know writers through their work is one of the best things about reading, and it is clear that Gillen writes from a very personal place. I think thats really cool, and Ill continue reading The Wicked + The Divine every month and revelling in how much smarter it is than me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jul 21, 2014

    As their characters perform their roles, Gillen and McKelvie, you’ve got to read The Wicked + The Divine #2 as you would any gossip rag or TMZ-like website. This is about celebrity, the people who have it and the people that want it. Godliness and worshippers are just another type of fame in Gillen and McKelvie’s world; it’s a fame that has all of the highs and lows of any fame that someone on the top of the charts right now has. You’ve got to wonder who these people are. What are the differences between Lucifer and the girl she was before she became a god? There’s the story that Gillen and McKelvie are telling here about stars and fans but then there has to be the story that they coyly are-but-aren’t telling about fans who became the stars of their own stories. In this story, Lucifer tells her story, but we all know that Lucifer lies, don’t we? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jun 23, 2014

    All these elements are there for a good story, however the lack of value Laura has for her own humanity creates a personal disconnect. She has this desire to be more, which many experience, but to the point of sacrificing anything else that could matter to her. We are not meeting a young adult in selfish transition, but one who has already decided that "the band" is more important than those who have shared their lives with her or her future. Laura's family is not portrayed as abusive, neglectful or harsh, but just family. Laura speaks to solipsistic generations ready to sacrifice everything going right for a chance to touch and be burned by glory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jul 21, 2014

    McKelvie and colourist Matthew Wilsons art is closer to godhood than the actual gods it depicts. McKelvies super clean pencils never lent themselves much to action, but the expressive designs really pop into your head and keeps your attention focused, even when the characters themselves might make you want to look away. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jul 16, 2014

    The Wicked+The Divine takes a step back in this second issue, but only because it had a pretty stunning debut. Kieron Gillen is a writer who plans things out long term and he definitely has a plan in place for this book. McKelvie and Wilson have been great in the first two issues and will no doubt keep the trend going as long as they are on the title. This series has a ton of potential and there is no way Gillen and McKelvie disappoint! Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jul 15, 2014

    We're low on time so let's wrap this up; not a ton of plot goes down in The Wicked and The Divine #2- we learn that the gods incarnate into already existing people which mean someone had to basically die so Lucifer could dress up like David Bowie (there I said it happy?) and do concerts so that's depressing, Laura reveals more of her twisted inner madness as she becomes embroiled in the hunt for whoever framed Lucifer, and a rapper type god named Baal goes on TV and swears at a reporter for daring to suggest the "gods" shouldn't be allowed to murder with impunity helping to cement the truly ugly nature of these so-called Gods and how completely backwards Laura's worship of them is, The Wicked and The Divine #2 is not recommended. Read Full Review

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