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The Wicked + The Divine vol 4: Rising Action s/c


The Wicked + The Divine vol 4: Rising Action s/c The Wicked + The Divine vol 4: Rising Action s/c

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Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

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Page 45 Review by Stephen

Pop stars on their pedestals. You know how the likes of Bowie and Kylie are referred to as pop gods and goddesses? Turns out some of them really are.

"You are of the Pantheon.
"You will be loved.
"You will be hated.
"You will be brilliant.
"Within two years you will be dead."

Every 90 years a Pantheon of a dozen gods is born anew, activated by ancient Ananke who finds them in young individuals previously oblivious to their fate. She helps them shine brightly for their brief two years. If they are lucky.

Because some of those lights have been snuffed out already.

It's a brilliant conceit, executed immaculately. Of course the role assumed by these gods in this modern age would be as those most worshipped today, and Gillen takes the opportunity to examine journalism, fame, fandom, aspiration, envy, competitive back-biting, fear, mortality and manipulation, for some are putting ideas into the others' heads.

They have been played.

You have been played.

Kieron Gillen has been ever so naughty: he left key moments out to mess with your mind.

Now you're going to get an unexpurgated replay in chapter three. You will like what you see, but it will make your heads explode.

I cannot tell you anything more for it would all be spoilers - even a single page of volume four's interior art. Instead I recommend you read our previous, extensive reviews of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, and leave with you with the book's sly teaser-trailer.

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