A Godly Collection
“Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.”
This, not-so out of this world, soap opera of a comic series is one of my absolute favourites! Published by Image Comics and the brain child of Kieron Gillen (Author) and Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator), the story initially follows fan-girl Laura Wilson, a naive teenager who is obsessed with the Pantheon and befriends, wait for it… Lucifer (Luci). The reincarnated Gods are the ultimate pop stars and drive their fans into a Beatles arriving at JFK Airport style frenzy!
What makes this series special, is not only the strong melodramatic writing, (it’ll hook you from the first page), it’s the illustration and the colouring which makes this series a visually pleasing novel from all aspects. Matt Wilson (Colourist) experiments with textures and lighting, often using bold and contrasting colours to help define a characters personality – it is beautiful work.
Here is a list and brief description of the 12 reincarnated Gods. Note, these descriptions do not describe the characters (no spoilers here!). They are characters in the series, however the descriptions below are the historical descriptors.
- Amaterasu: The Goddess of the Sun and the Universe. A Japanese deity of the Shinto religion
- Baal: The Chief God of the ancient Carthaginian civilisation. A weather God responsible for fertility and vegetation
- Dionysus: Greek God of wine and winemaking
- Inanna: The Ancient Sumerian Goddess of love, beauty, sex, justice and political power
- Lucifer: Referred to in Christianity as the Devil. Or to the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star
- Minerva: Known as the Roman Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare
- Mimir: God of knowledge and wisdom in Norse mythology
- The Morrigan: Goddess of war and fate in Irish mythology
- Nergal/Baphomet: An ancient Mesopotamia Solar deity
- Sakhmet: An Egyptian Warrior Goddess as well as the Goddess of healing
- Urðr: One of the three Norns in Norse Mythology, who are described as deciding the fates of humans
- Tara/Aruna: Hindu and Buddhist Sun God
Winner of the 2014 Best Comic Award from the British Comic Awards and nominated for several Eisner Awards, The Wicked + The Divine is a fun and sometimes devasting experience for mature readers.
Ultimately, The Wicked + The Divine is equal parts melodrama, mediocrity, mythology, Eurovision and death. And for only $17.95, it does not disappoint. Click here to buy.