Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson
Publisher by Image Comics
Release Date: 01/21/2015
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.
Laura is a begrudging guest at the “Fantheon” convention in London, amongst a sea of fan’s (read: suspects, according to Inanna) in a scene that most comic book fans are accustomed to. Depressed and on a mission, Laura rubs shoulders with the Pantheon, attempts to ignore fans, gives none of the answers she has rehearsed at a panel and confronts a God, all while attempting to uncover information about Luci’s would-be assassins.
Under the convention space Baphomet alerts Laura that The Morrigan wishes to speak with her. After multiple flights of stairs and levels down is something unexpected:
Badb performing karaoke to My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).”
Guess who else has performed karaoke to My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay?” Yours truly, embarrassingly, along with a good friend of mine. Needless to say, Badb’s rendition is godly compared to ours. Gerard Way (front man of My Chemical Romance and Eisner winner for The Umbrella Academy) was quoted on Wicked + Divine’s first volume, so this is a fun nod back to him from Gillen.
The artwork in this issue is up to par with the series, which is to say, outstanding. It will make it all the more difficult to endure when McKelvie takes issues off to finish his Phonogram work with Gillen (don’t worry cover fans; he will remain on cover duty). From the convention floor map, adverts for upcoming Pantheon shows and slouching panel guests the art team really captures the feel of a busy convention floor. Woden and The Valkyries’ suits have a great 8-bit detail to them and Matt Wilson’s colors once again give everything a real pop and shine.
The Wicked + Divine letters column, along with most Image books’, is required reading for fans of the book and the creators. Gillen announced there that we’ll all be able to purchase “Lucifer died for my sins” as seen in issue six.
Oh, and from the book’s solicit “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.”