The Wicked + The Divine #3

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 22
7.7Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most illadvised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling "The one by GILLEN/MCKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title."

  • 10
    Backwards Compatible - Jon Evans Aug 18, 2014

    Gillen's writing is enigmatic, but also massive signposts are again on display for someone who is inclined to dig deeper and research the classical allusions. He's a guy who doesn't insult the reader's intelligence. The manifestations of Badb, Morrigan and Annie are deeper than you might think and you should take the time to appreciate the work Gillen has put in to satisfy the mythology as well as serve the story. As always McKelvie and Wilson's art is as important as the dialogue and uses every inch of the paper as a treatise on perfection - even when they use pitch black. The Wicked and The Divine proves that it is one series where infatuation is inevitable. Just like Laura. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Garry Mac Aug 20, 2014

    Pure, liquid, plastic pop of every hue and saturation, The Wicked and The Divine #3 cements its status as one of the most thrilling books around, and could be the one to unite the myriad tribes who follow Gillen's work. They can't deliver it quickly enough, and yet I'm loving the anticipation. And ‘Cthonic Homesick Blues' is one of the best issue titles ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Aug 21, 2014

    There has been a void in the comic book community since The Sandman concluded. Several contenders were complimented by coming close to filling that void. It's only three issues in, but The Wicked + The Divine is the best possible candidate for being this era's answer to what The Sandman meant for the 90′s. It has the elements right, metaphysical impossibility delivered through a modern atmosphere, larger than life characters that seem all too human despite unfathomable powers, stories about stories, and the balls to go wherever it needs to go to to make sure every image and every word are given the attention they deserve. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Cassandra Clarke Aug 21, 2014

    The Wicked + The Divine is brash. It punches without saying why because it knows it can show it. The heads will roll. Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson tell us that we can't possibly begin to expect to automatically understand how it all works and how we fit in here. And we won't. Not yet. But Laura might learn what it takes, even if takes her soul. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 21, 2014

    Altogether, this issue is excellent and Gillen and McKelvie are continuing to set the bar high for their next creator-owned work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Aug 18, 2014

    Gillena and McKelvie keep on strong in their third issue of this innovative, captivating series. It's delicious. It's decadent. Simply put, reading "The Wicked and the Divine" is a religious experience in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    BGCP - Joseph Nelson Aug 23, 2014

    Maybe a bit confusing to newcomers, but overall an exciting chapter in the overall arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 5, 2014

    Gillen, McKelvie and Wilson have another winner in The Wicked + The Divine #3. The collaborators are telling a risky story in it's scope and breadth, and are building something as enthralling as the actions of the Gods they have created. Those who have been enjoying the series will be very happy with the contents of issue #3, and newcomers…well, you've got time to snag #1 and #2 to catch up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 19, 2014

    The Wicked + The Divine is becoming more enticing with each passing issue, with the mystery having me hooked for more. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 24, 2014

    There may be a deeper message on the nature of religion here, or it could all just be drama. Entertaining, either way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 19, 2014

    A blast to read. Insane, fun, funny, terrifying, visually stunning. You haven't experienced anything like this before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 19, 2014

    Still, the sheer spectacle of Jamie McKelvie's artwork makes The Wicked + The Divine worth reading, and if you're willing to put in the time and the brainpower towards cracking Gillen's massive, byzantine storyline, it's doubly rewarding. Admittedly, this book probably isn't going to bring in new believers - if you're not into the sort of pop deconstruction that Gillen is selling, well, the dense mythology and over-the-top dialogue probably isn't going to change that. But there is a lot of creative energy that is crackling off the pages for The Wicked + The Divine, and this third issue continues this with an almost religious fervor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Steven Michael Scott Sep 10, 2014

    This issue isn't quite up to the high standard that's been set by the previous entries, but it's by no means unreadable and definitely continues to propel the story forward in an intriguing way. It starts off with a bang, picking up right where last issue's cliffhanger left off and throws a lot at the reader. The momentum only starts to slow towards the end with a stale layout sequence that tells more than shows and while it gives McKelvie the opportunity to show off his mastery of facial expressions, it ends on the weakest cliffhanger yet that feels more soap opera than the "oh crap, did that just happen" moments we've become accustomed to. But although the final page lacks a solid punch, the series is worth staying on board with for the original concept alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Aug 20, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 21, 2014

    The continued push to introduce new characters could prove problematic long term as we've yet to really get to know many of the others, but in terms of sheer execution and ambitious storytelling, Wic + Dev can't be beat. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Aug 26, 2014

    The dialogue in this issue gets a little weird and is definitely for mature audiences, I was a little surprised that the Morrigan has a much dirtier and violent mouth than Baphomet. Its a little silly, but I suppose it fits the Underworld. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    The Latest Pull - Tshepo Mokoena Aug 25, 2014

    I thought this was an okay installment in the story but didn't add much to the story.A lot of this book was very anti-climatic and a bit distracting from the main plot. Seemed like alot of filler, we are just introduced to some characters for the future. I liked the art in this book, there are some really great two page spreads in this issue. Showing some great cinematic moments . For instance the introduction of TheMorrigan was nothing short of amazing. It was an overall flattish issue with some shining moments for the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Aug 20, 2014

    I'm going to keep reading this book. I want to see what the full pantheon Gillen and McKelvie are going to reveal looks like, and I want to see where it's going. And since it's an Image book, I can assume they'll wrap things up to some extent in the next two or three issues for the trade. But I'm really hoping it manages to buckle down and focus, rather than trying to Twin Peaks its way out of answering its own central question. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Aug 19, 2014

    The Wicked + The Divine #3 is a less than impressive outing for one of Image's bigger and more popular hits this year. The story feels weak and empty, the characters are underdeveloped and rather unenjoyable to watch, the dialogue needs much more ironing out, and all of this really drags down the pretty artwork that's doing its best to try to carry the book. This is easily the weakest outing for the book and needs to really step things up for next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Aug 20, 2014

    This issue could be very hit or miss for many readers, but hopefully it wont be a turn off. While this particular book was confusing, Gillen deserves another chance at your attention. Jamie McKelvie is awesome in every way imaginable. His outstanding work on this issue was hampered by a weird and confusing story. Hopefully next month will be a better issue on the writing side. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 20, 2014

    Gillens story shows no signs of a course correction. McKelvies visuals are inconsistent. One moment hes blowing me away, the next it looks like Im watching a student film with the same dull framing reused over and over again.I LOVE the creative team, but I just don't get why this book is so appealing. Read Full Review

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