The Wicked + The Divine #7

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 11
8.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Last year, before The Recurrence, fans gathered from their lonely worlds at RAGNAROCK to wonder whether the gods were really about to return or not. Now, as the next RAGNAROCK approaches, everyone knows things are different. What’s more, there are two gods still to emerge. Will anyone there get “lucky?” Look at us whistle, shuffle feet, and avoid eye contact.

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Jan 22, 2015

    This issue is a piece of the tapestry that Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are weaving and it will be imperative to the narrative going forward. For those of us fully invested and on the edge of our seats for every issue it provides us with new clues, new players, new motivations, new suspects, and new developments in relationships. It establishes further, with fresh layouts to the already perfect art and design and the hypermodern dialog and story, that this is a title that is distinctly of our time and needs to be read by those who want to see what comics can be in the future. For new readers this would not be the place to start the journey into fandom and divinity. It is too deep into its own continuity to make sense to anyone who hasn't been fully on board by this point, but you would be strongly encouraged to start at issue #1 and catch up with us. It's worth buying every issue from now until the finale for everyone who needs something fresh and different. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Jan 21, 2015

    The Wicked + The Divine #7 continues to shine. The artistic team and their choices do everything I could possibly want done in a comic, while the written thematic elements continue to ask questions and probe topics that I havent seen before in the medium or elsewhere. Another great installment in a great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Jan 26, 2015

    Jamie McKelvie continually delivers fantastic art, and this issue is no exception. The Tron inspired costumes Woden and the Valkyrie wear are really cool, and the scenes in the convention space portray the busy, claustrophobia of conventions well. The only page I didnt really enjoy was the page with Laura and Baphomet taking the stairs into the Underground. Theres a lot of black space and even though Laura states she wouldnt be able to find her way back up the stairs, I dont think this layout shows that. Matthew Wilson's coloring is maybe one of the biggest draws of this series. The colors on every page pop, and this issue is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 27, 2015

    Visually stunning, with a great deal of character and detail revealed in clever and organic ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 27, 2015

    I had an outline prepped for this review that, in one of those unfortunate moments of distraction, I accidentally deleted. As any of you who've pulled this trick knows, it's the kind of mistake that makes you question whether it's worth it to start over. Obviously, I decided it was, and not just because I'll be damned before I not finish what I started. The Wicked + The Divine, despite its indulgences, is a compelling story that has something more to tell us than it's saying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 20, 2015

    One might accuse The Wicked + The Divine #7 as being almost cynical in its view of fans, putting them in a more fanatical light. But Gillen never forgets where his protagonist came from, or where he came from, from that matter, and gives this comic a much-needed injection of light and bittersweet joy - a feeling that plenty of post-convention attendees can relate to, whether or not they're on the job. All in all, this comic succeeds not just because of its superb characterization, but for what it says about our culture, as well. If only more comics were this intelligent. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek Sushi - Kyle Rowsey Jan 21, 2015

    Who doesn't love pop idols + mythology? The seventh issue of the Gillen + McKelvie team's 2014 breakout hit doesn't pull its punches. With the Tron-like suited Woden profiled on what is another terrific cover by Mckelvie (I'm a sucker for graphic continuity on covers), and quoted on the back saying "I'm a God, not a saint." It's a cover that you can judge this book by, a perfect microcosm of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jan 22, 2015

    The thing I love about this series is that although they are gods, the characters are so representative of people you meet in everyday life, minus the powers. This leads me to believe that it is truly a story of humanity and not just gods, which is very perplexing and keeps me coming back every month. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 21, 2015

    The book's second arc is as smart as it is deep, and there's no telling the depths we've yet to go. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Jan 21, 2015

    This comic sucks me in deeply with each issue. I am never sure where the story is going to go or how I'm supposed to feel about the whole set up, and I'm enjoying that ambiguity. This issue was no exception and I can't wait to see what happens when Dionysus joins the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Tyler Pollock Jan 22, 2015

    As always the art and coloring in this book is fantastic, McKelvie and Wilson are a perfect match for each other, the colors in this making each character pop with every page. I've loved this book since the very beginning and it just keeps better and better. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jan 21, 2015

    The Wicked + the Divine #7 continues to slowly build this wonderful world. There is still a lot of story to tell, so it's understandable that things are moving at this pace. While the plot doesn't seem to be progressing at a breakneck speed, we are at least treated to rich characters and moments. The creative team is delivering a fun book that has a wonderful blend of pop culture and mythology. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 21, 2015

    Okay, yes, the art absolutely steals the show. The vibrancy of it all is just astonishing, and it more than sets itself apart from everything else youre reading (from an IMAGE book? Imagine that.) month in and month out. Being slow to start this series, its really become a favorite in a very short amount of time. The Wicked + The Divine is another one of those must-read Image titles that you hear so much about but for whatever reason you havent read it yet. Do yourself a favor and rectify that mistake quickly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 26, 2015

    By issue's end, there is still a giant question mark left behind for the reader to chew on, with little to go on other than the emotional state of our protagonist Laura (who has mastered the underhanded approach to dragging on a cigarette). But she too is something of a cypher; paradoxically, as Gillen and McKelvie allow the world of #WicDiv to grow, their main character's own maturation is stifled. Which means that The Wicked + The Divine retains that crazy feeling of uncertainty, just like fishing for some strange: if you intend to stick around for the long haul, you better learn how to hang. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nina Bird Jan 21, 2015

    I appreciate the commitment to portraying heavy emotions such as grief in a realistic manner; Gillen balances action with real, hard emotions and issues like depression, and he does it well in #7. Read Full Review

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