The Wicked + The Divine #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating


  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Adam Whitmer Oct 23, 2014

    Derived from the Greek words for force, constraint and necessity and in Greek mythology is the personification of those. She is considered the mother of the fates, who holds control over their decisions. To the poet Simonides, "Even the gods don't fight against Ananke." Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Oct 22, 2014

    I was lukewarm on this series for so long that I wasn't planning on sticking with it through the next arc. This issue alone sold me on keeping up with it. Let that be what you take away from this rambling review. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Oct 22, 2014

    Finally, the way in which they've chosen to sign off this issue " with a slow, sloooow fade to black " is so clever, and leaves a strong image seared in our minds as we look forward to where things go next. Like any good conclusion this early in a series' run, The Wicked + The Divine #5 leaves readers with more questions than answers, but it's the sort of questions it's asking that make it so fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Oct 23, 2014

    Gillens scripting is air-tight here as well, giving Luci a proper send-off that is both enthralling and tragically in-character for his version of Lucifer. Lauras narrative tone is nothing short of wrenching as she watches this drama play out, made painfully aware of her own role in such celestial machinations as she goes from witness to something more. The tension is palpable, and while the conclusion raises more questions than it answers, The Wicked + The Divine #5 provides an exciting and highly satisfying end to this series inaugural arc. This is a highly enjoyable issue from an amazing creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 21, 2014

    The Wicked + The Divine may not have started as well as some of the great independent series that Image produce, but boy did it's first arc end well? Having a mixture of drama, suspense and excitement this climactic issue allows fans a chance to see just how far the creators will push the boat out, and comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Latest Pull - Eric Tillirson Oct 24, 2014

    This issue is character heavy and exposition light. It's fast paced and moves really quickly. Really fun, but kind of melancholy considering the consequences and events that took place! I'm hoping that's not the last we see of the character we lost this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 30, -0001

    I'll never tell. That's for you to find out with The Wicked + The Divine #5, a closer if there ever was a closer. Gillen, McKelvie and company have produced a superb conclusion to the series' first arc, an ending that offers more questions than it solves, but in a way that will only inspire fans to keep going. It's almost like a ritual, a supplication, a prayer to the storytelling gods. More of this book. More of this book. More of this book. Like the catchiest of chords, The Wicked + The Divine is the same old song but with brand-new lyrics, a pop pantheon in strife and disarray - and I can't wait to listen to the next track. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Oct 27, 2014

    Altogether, "The Wicked + The Divine" continues to exceed high expectations. It's just cruel that we have to wait until December for issue #6. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Oct 22, 2014

    I never know quite how I feel about Wicked and Divine issues until a few days after I read them because it's such a cool, intense concept that I usually feel isn't handled as best it could be. This time, I know exactly how I feel, and it's good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 23, 2014

    Whether it's Lucifer coolly lighting a cigarette amidst the burning wreckage or the sudden, awesome appearance of the Morrigan, every panel brims with vivid life. And those final pages? Hoo boy. The wait for next issue is going to be an ungodly one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Cassandra Clarke Oct 23, 2014

    It is about to get real. Bloody. Permanent. It is clear the series is shifting gears and that soon we will not only have answers but be forced, like Laura, to make some impossible choices based on the information we are now privileged to hear. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Dennis Burns Dec 31, 1969

    I enjoy this comic, I really do, but I also want to care more about it and the characters living within its pages. Unless the whole point is to feel somewhat jaded or disillusioned when you're done reading it, because if that's the case, this issue was unfortunately successful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 28, 2014

    A momentous development that doesn't quite rise to the level of a twist, and not much else. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Oct 20, 2014

    The problem, however, is the title still suffers a lot in the character department and a bit in the writing department as well. There are certainly ways that this comic could improve and get better as time goes on (I mean, look at the jump in score between the previous issue and this), but at the moment, the praise it has been getting has not yet been earned or warranted. Maybe in the next arc if the comic can keep up this recent momentum it built my opinion will be swayed. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Oct 25, 2014

    This problem extends to the entire world of The Wicked and the Divine. Despite this supposedly being a universe where the gods incarnate into mortal humans every 90 years it's somehow exactly the same as the world we live in right now. Right there, that static sameness sends a massive message, that these gods change nothing. If you actually follow back the 90 years thing that means there would've been literal gods walking the Earth during the age of enlightenment, there's no way that wouldn't result in the entirety of our world being irrevocably altered. Yet despite that the world is still the same as ever, because the writing is bored with its own premise. The Wicked and The Divine isn't a comic about exploring the ramifications of gods among us it's abut exploring someone's feelings about creating art in a very haphazard and poorly written manner and charging you 3 dollars for the privilege of reading a very pretty first draft. Needless to say I don't recommend it. Read Full Review

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