The Wicked + The Divine: 455 AD #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Andre Araujo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 17, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
8.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Nothing lives forever, be it man, god, or empire, but that doesn't mean you have to go quietly. Join us as Lucifer refuses to fiddle while the Roman Empire burns. The critically acclaimed THE WICKED + THE DIVINE inevitably vandalizes history as it turns to the Sack of Rome. Showcasing the epic art of ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO (Avengers AI, Man Plus), the special is NOT included in the forthcoming fifth volume of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 18, 2017

    WicDiv455 melds the trashy, lavish, and violent aesthetic of the late period Roman Empire with the thought and creativity of the Augustan Age, and there's (maybe) no possibility of it being used as propaganda like theAeneid. Like a passage from theSatyricon, Kieron Gillen, Andre Araujo, and Matthew Wilson meld humanity's basest desires for sex and violence with our highest urges for glory and legacy into a comic book feast that will have you begging for seconds and looking up Emperor Tiberius' recipe for roasted dormouse on Pinterest between rereads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson May 17, 2017

    Gillen and team have created an incredibly deep world and I'm excited to see what previous pantheon we'll see next. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 18, 2017

    Gillen's look at a 455 A.D. Lucifer is a devastating one, the character stretching further and further in refusing to face his own inevitable end. It's a searing and often unsettling portrayal, particularly in how it informs the framework of the present day tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Kate Baerkircher May 17, 2017

    I can't say much more without spoiling this issue, but it is a stand alone that is a very worthy addition to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane May 19, 2017

    As a Roman history nerd, "455 AD" gave me everything I could want. It played off our understanding of the main series while articulating it with era specific methods. This is a fun bit of historical fiction-fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 17, 2017

    In this way Araujo and his collaborators make The Wicked + The Divine 455 A.D. an engrossing experience for any reader with at least a passing curiosity. It establishes previously unknown stakes for a larger story, but works as an excellent focus on tone on its own. In Wilson's colors there is a constant setting of the sun, whether it's found literally or in the flames of Rome. Those orange hues cast a shade that makes this issue cohesive in spite of the massive mythology on which it rests. That is a job well done. Read Full Review

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