The Wicked + The Divine #36

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 16, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 5
7.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth May 16, 2018

    This one gets off to a slow start, but it makes up for that quickly. Gillen and company drop bombshells on the reader, while also using the way the  visuals are presented to play with their subconscious and how the reader perceives what is happening on the page. Wic+Div continues to be one of the best books on the market, and it does it with bravura storytelling and art. Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson, and Cowles are a creative team that has perfectly gelled and are putting out a book that should go down as one of the best the medium has produced. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley May 16, 2018

    This issue is likely to be remembered for its conceptual qualities, but this second half is a vital part of the entire book. In fact, the issue's real strength is that it makes use of this concept without being beholden to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze May 16, 2018

    The Wicked & The Divine #36 gave us the best of both worlds through plot progression and exploration. What we got was something more revealing about the history of this game and that might give us something to talk about for a while considering how cold-blooded Ananke(?) really is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 16, 2018

    0COMMENTSThe first half of #36 is an experiment in formalism that is worth reading multiple times. Every panel presents a new setting and set of outfits, all carefully detailed in a manner that few artists outside of McKelvie could make function for so many pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 16, 2018

    WicDiv#36 is really a tale of two comics so hence the mixed review score. There's the artsy, fartsy, shoving-the-theme-of this arc down readers' throats first half with a side of impressive worldbuilding. Then, there's the intense, relationship driven latter half that uses an ever intensifying scarlet palette from Matthew Wilson, agile character acting from Jamie McKelvie ,and emotionally honest writing from Kieron Gillen to reach another tragic low point in the journey of “more than a superstar” Laura-turned-Persephone. It's really a study in how to both ineffectively and effectively use flashback towards the end of a longform narrative and really freaking sad for all your former Baal fan-people out there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage May 16, 2018

    The Wicked + The Divine eats up a lot of space with this issue where only the second part gets it on course again. The complete history of Persephone is great to see how, when, and where the God's have set up shop across history but ten pages dedicated to it wastes pages that could be used elsewhere and move the plot along. The pages dedicated to Persephone aside, it's another curious chapter of The Wicked + The Divine that answers questions, presents more, complicates the situation into another knot, and looks great and puts the characters first while doing it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 14, 2018

    The Wicked + The Divine #36 feels like it's trying quite hard to be cute. It tries to be what I assume is experimental, but it doesnt click and feels like a waste of an issue as a result. The art holds up well, but it doesnt fix the problems. This is an issue you can pass on this week. Read Full Review

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