Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson
The Wicked and Divine #9 is a game-changer for the series. For months the series has been throwing deities and mysteries at the reader, but readers are finally rewarded this month with answers and change.
The majority of this issue focuses on Ananke as she deals with a visibly upset Baphomet and an interview with Cassandra. Cassandra’s interview is enlightening for the reader as we get to learn about Ananke’s relationship with the pantheon. Throughout the interview, it becomes clear the Ananke has sacrificed quite a bit to be where she is now, and I can’t find myself jealous of her position. Kieron Gillen helps to shed light on the character and makes her easy to sympathize with by the end of the issue. We also get to learn about the selection of the gods, and how they tend to show themselves to Ananke. Following this revelation, Gillen suddenly turns the issue upside down and instantly reveals the final god.
Gillen deserves praise for using the interview as a way to tell the readers about the mythology of the series. It’s a simple way to give us background without making it intrude on the main story. The interview felt natural throughout and was very revealing. I’m now intrigued to see where the story goes with the arc coming to a close soon.
Jamie McKelvie makes quite a few statements for the story just with his art alone. There are plenty of magical scenes throughout the issue, and McKelvie kills every one of them with massive creativity. These scenes look even better with colors by Matthew Wilson, who continues to create some of the most vibrant panels I’ve seen on paper. The revelation of the final piece of the pantheon is full of gorgeous effects and incredible colors.
The Wicked + The Divine #9 is a strong issue that reveals plenty while giving the reader something really cool to look at. It’s clear that big things are going to happen soon. Character dynamics will change and tears will be shed. This is a strong title that always seems to find the right moment to amaze readers and pull them back into it. This is that issue.