The Wicked + The Divine #8

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 12
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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Now the eleventh god is here, it's time to party. You're invited. Everyone's invited. We can sleep when we're dead-but when you'll be dead within two years, you may as well turn up in your pyjamas. After seven issues of egomaniacs, it's time for an issue where the crowd is the star.

  • 10
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Feb 25, 2015

    In fact, the entire issue as a whole is an experience. This whole review has been me trying to capture exactly what makes this issue special. It really is hard to put into words, but it really is something else. This issue is an example of a creative team firing on all cylinders together. Everything for the script to the lettering connect in such a way that is beautiful to behold. I realize that not everyone will look at the issue the same way, and that it's not for everyone. Maybe it really is a generation gap, or a lifestyle disconnect. Lord knows I didn't “get it” for awhile. Years from now whenThe Wicked + The Divine hits issue 250, and we are on our 10th incarnation of the Pantheon, I will look back at this issue as the moment the book went from good to special for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Feb 24, 2015

    Many comics I have read for years feel sputtering on fumes and fail to excite me anymore. They stick to what they feel is a comfort zone that has persisted for two decades. Reading something like WicDiv that not only engages with a rich and fantastical mythology all it's own, but challenges the boundaries of what comics can actually BE, makes me fall in love with comics all over again. This is the book you buy for people who love cutting edge music and want to start reading comics but don't know where to start. For those fully invested in the mystery and spectacle, this will be an issue you remember no matter how many issues the series will run. Keep it up guys, you're doing everything right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 24, 2015

    This is one of the better issues in the series so far. Kieron Gillen is crafting a mesmerizing world rich with strong dialogue and compelling lore, while the art team makes everything look amazing. Matt Wilson really outdid himself this time, with some of the best coloring in comics today. Each issue of this series so far has been full of style without compromising on substance, and this issue is no different than the rest. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 25, 2015

    Though light on outright progression, issue #8 comes out a win courtesy of the art team. Jamie McKelvie continues to find new and inventive ways to stage the book's various proceedings, ably adapting Gillen's segmented narrative into pointedly visual beats. The recurring 1, 2, 3, 4 that appears throughout is quite unique, McKelvie adding an almost lyrical quality to his presentation. That said, its colorist Matt Wilson who deserves the gold star for this installment. His colors have always been great but here they're flat out fantastic, his electric hues perfecting encapsulating Dionysus magnetic influence. His color work is so strong that the book's final pages feel like a depressing crash from an exhilarating high, Dionysus' final admittance made even more painfully poignant. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Feb 26, 2015

    Gillen, Mckelvie, and their team have created a comic that is stylish, sexy, and stunning, but it's their unwillingness to compromise the soul of their brainchild that makes it so successful. If you're not reading it already, it's probably time that you started. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Feb 25, 2015

    A good issue, but it did feel a bit like a placeholder. I'm hoping the action ramps up in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 2, 2015

    I'm a homebody. I'd rather have a good dinner and quiet evening at my own place than any number of more exciting things"basically, everything other than a good dinner and quiet evening at my own place. But every now and then, even I see the appeal of putting on an A-list outfit, hitting a club, and just lose yourself in the music and crowd for a few hours. I say "lose yourself" specifically because that's how these things often feel. Some people do it just for fun, but I suspect most people do it to push out the other things weighing on their minds. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 2, 2015

    "The Wicked + The Divine" #8 is still a good, above-average comic. For a series that is normally great, however, this issue is definitely not quite as dazzling. Considering the purpose of this issue, though, it's more than understandable. Still, I'm looking forward to next issue not being set up quite this way, if only because more panels from Gillen, McKelvie and Wilson are always a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Feb 25, 2015

    Even though we don't see him throughout, I feel like in just this introduction we gain a great sense about Dionysus' motivations as well as the weights placed on him in his new role. That's why his last scene with Laura this issue turns out to be such a gut punch, I came to like him so much and wanted things to be as simple as they appeared at the start of the issue but of course they're not. It never is in an honest story. And that's probably what's most endearing about Gilen and McKlevie's work with this comic, that even with such an outlandish premise they still manage to make it all sound true. Now if they could only tell me who killed Luci, then I'd be golden. Read Full Review

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