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Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
« Risposta #16 il: 19 Giugno 2014, 22:56:46 »
  • PREVIEW: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2 (UNLETTERED)



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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #17 il: 24 Giugno 2014, 14:34:46 »


  • Spoiler  :
    Teenagers are used as vessels for reincarnated gods who moonlight as pop stars. Leave it to Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie to turn such a deceptively simple premise into something much more enigmatic. Since its announcement The Wicked + The Divine had become the focal point of much debate within the comic reading community. Would it be Gillen’s take on the concept of divinity? Would it have any sort of connective tissue to the long promised third volume of Phonograph? How would it stack up against other Gillen and McKelvie works? Upon its release we got something not entirely unexpected, but still surprising nonetheless. We got a first issue that was fairly straight forward, personal feeling, and laser focused. The Wicked + The Divine #1 wears its power-pop-loving heart on its immaculately dressed sleeve, and it is glorious to behold.

    As stated above, the premise of this series is fairly cut and dried. Various gods from across all pantheons are reincarnated in the bodies of teenagers once a century. They live for two years on the material plane and then they die, returning to the ether. Kieron Gillen presents this world as a world under an uneasy understanding of this supernatural phenomenon. As Luci says, addressing the nonbelievers is the same as granting an interview to a journalist. The world may be seeing gods walk among them in the bodies of their young, but they still haven’t fully accepted it. Our audience surrogate into this world is a young woman named Laura, who steals away with a bag full of costume materials and makeup to join the throng of others just like her to see Amaterasu, a new god who has only been active for a few weeks. Gillen has always had an uncanny knack for writing younger characters, but Laura feels like a true analogue for fandom. She is independent, excitable and is longing for something more. Amaterasu is everything she wants to be so she shows that longing in the form of cosplaying her. Laura then gets way more than she could have possibly imagined when she is pulled into the world of teenage divinity by the current gorgeous form of Lucifer, who introduces her to Amaterasu and the dangerous world of living gods, along with a world who hates and fears them.

    The Wicked + The Divine #1 may be Gillen trying to come to terms with where the art comes from, as stated in the beautiful letter to readers published in the back of the issue, but it feels very much like a love letter to comic fandom as a whole. We, as fans, revere and almost worship the characters that evoke a reaction in us, and we show it in a myriad of ways. Laura does the exact same thing in this first issue. She pines that she “wants everything that she has,” and don’t we want the same thing? Kieron Gillen, ever the writer plugged into his readership, is finally giving fandom its own opus with The Wicked + The Divine #1 and instead of it thumbing its nose as us or painting us in some kind of fanatical light, it shows us as we really are; mere mortals reaching out to touch the infinite and the beautiful. Comic fandom finally has its Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and it couldn’t have come at a better moment.

    Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson just keep getting better and better. While The Wicked + The Divine #1 may not be as explosively inventive as Young Avengers, this debut issue more and exemplifies why McKelvie and Wilson are two of the best artists working today. McKelvie replaces the bombastic set pieces of Young Avengers and replaces it with inventive panel blocking, making full use of the 6 to 9 panel grids in certain scenes. Take for example Laura’s flight from her house right after the title card 1-2-3-4 that dates the action in the present day. As she makes her way down the street toward Amatersau’s show, McKelvie breaks up the action with stark number cards that cut through the action like a black and white knife. It is stylish little details that come from seemingly nowhere that makes McKelvie’s work so exciting. These small cosmetic details make the bigger displays of artistic prowess like Amatersau’s first appearance and Luci’s finger snapping attack all the more powerful. Jamie McKelvie is the kind of artist that could tell a story just with a few immaculately placed panels. He doesn’t even need narration. He is a true natural talent and we are lucky to have him. We are just as lucky to have a colorist like Matthew Wilson, another natural talent that has more than made his name as one of the premier colorists working today, Wilson gives The Wicked + The Divine a clean, smooth color pallet that seems to leap off the page. Laura’s preparing of her costume is lit with a harsh florescent light with bright shocks of red and gold as she dons her effigy. The next scene is an explosion of concert lighting and an ethereal glow coming from the dancing goddess in front of the crowd. Matthew Wilson and Jamie McKelvie make the unnatural seem natural.

    Comic fandom has never had a book like The Wicked + The Divine. Every month we travel to our local source of comic books and we read about the exploits of gods and goddesses. We write fan-fiction starring these immortals. We don the costumes of these heroes and commune with others who share the same reverence in exhibit halls all across the world. Superheroes are our gods. The Wicked + The Divine #1 translates this concept literally. Gillen and McKelvie are a pair who have always been fully aware of the impact their works have on the comic reading populace so, of course, they would be the pair who gives fandom its first pure fable. Laura is all of us, and we are all Laura. We just want to have everything they have. The Wicked + The Divine #1 offers us just the smallest taste of what that could be like. This debut issue understands the feeling of being a fan, and that is more than other comics can say. Fandom used to be such an ugly word, but now we are just as fashionable as every other group. The Wicked + The Divine shows us that we all have our place, immortal and mortal alike.

    Review by Justin Partridge, III
    ‘Rama Rating: 10 out of 10
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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #18 il: 24 Giugno 2014, 15:08:10 »
  • sembra partito molto bene  :ahsisi:

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #19 il: 06 Luglio 2014, 12:57:00 »
  • Mi è arrivato ieri il primo numero.
    Che inizio!
    ora capisco le votazioni cosi alte. La storia è davvero affascinante e divertente, mi chiedo davvero dove si andrà a parare con le trame!
    non vedo l'ora di leggere il secondo!  :w00t:

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #20 il: 14 Luglio 2014, 17:12:40 »


  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #3
    story: KIERON GILLEN
    art / cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON

    AUGUST 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

    Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most ill-advised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling "The one by GILLEN/McKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title."



    THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #4
    story: KIERON GILLEN
    art / cover: JAMIE McKELVIE & MATT WILSON

    SEPTEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

    The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It's good to experiment. We're experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.


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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #21 il: 15 Luglio 2014, 20:01:41 »
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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #22 il: 15 Luglio 2014, 20:16:11 »
  • Domani leggo sicuramente il primo numero!

    ...and their embers would reignite the fires of life...

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #23 il: 15 Luglio 2014, 20:18:52 »
  • Domani leggo sicuramente il primo numero!
    facci sapere che ne pensi!

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #24 il: 16 Luglio 2014, 10:11:56 »


  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #5
    story: KIERON GILLEN
    art / cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON

    OCTOBER 22 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

    Showtime.

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #25 il: 16 Luglio 2014, 23:14:03 »
  • Wow! Questa serie è da MIND BLOWN!
    Spoiler  :
    LETTERALMENTE!
    Dialoghi super brillanti che mi hanno ricordato i bei tempi di JIM con Loki bambino, McKelvie già mi piaceva da matti su Young Avengers, qui sembra ancora meglio. La disposizione delle tavole sembrava fatta apposta per essere letta con il cinematic di Comixology, le ultime tavole sono da urlo.
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    La sola parte in tribunale vale tutto l'albo, stavo ridendo come un pazzo quando all'improvviso... Boom!
    Per favore leggetelo che ho bisogno di condividere.

    ...and their embers would reignite the fires of life...

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #26 il: 16 Luglio 2014, 23:50:52 »
  • Minchia raga mi avete messo un hype adosso,fino alla fine del mese non posso andare a ritirarlo

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #27 il: 17 Luglio 2014, 13:12:01 »
  • letto il secondo numero e l'ho trovato un pelo meno convincente del primo, poi lo rileggerò perchè era notte fonda e forse ha contribuito la stanchezza, però avrei gradito che la storia andasse avanti un po' più spedita.

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #28 il: 17 Luglio 2014, 14:19:05 »
  • non vedo l'ora che mi arrivi il secondo!  :w00t:

    Wow! Questa serie è da MIND BLOWN!
    Spoiler  :
    LETTERALMENTE!
    Dialoghi super brillanti che mi hanno ricordato i bei tempi di JIM con Loki bambino, McKelvie già mi piaceva da matti su Young Avengers, qui sembra ancora meglio. La disposizione delle tavole sembrava fatta apposta per essere letta con il cinematic di Comixology, le ultime tavole sono da urlo.
    Spoiler  :
    La sola parte in tribunale vale tutto l'albo, stavo ridendo come un pazzo quando all'improvviso... Boom!
    Per favore leggetelo che ho bisogno di condividere.

    avevo detto che il primo numero era tosto  :)

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    Re:The Wicked + The Divine - di Kieron Gillen
    « Risposta #29 il: 17 Luglio 2014, 22:30:58 »
  • The Wicked + The Divine #2 (Published by Image Comics; Review by Forrest C. Helvie; 'Rama Rating: 9 out of 10):

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    Admittedly, I wasn't as taken with the first issue as many other critics were as I felt W+D #1 didn't fully lay out the premise or primary conflict for these characters as clearly as a first issue should. With Issue #2, however, Gillen and McKelvie more than make up for any ambiguities from before. Readers will better understand who these gods are, where they come from, their reasons for being on Earth, as well as possible directions the story will take without giving too much away. McKelvie once again shows his keen eye for mixing the surreal and real to create hip and captivating visuals especially when combined with Wilson's pop-infused colors. Readers who fell in love with the first issue will have already bought #2, but for those like myself who were more reticent about giving it a go, it looks like this series may just live up to the hype after all.
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