Art-Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson
This article is possible due to the gift of a review copy.
Well. Well. How should I describe my feelings about The Wicked and the Divine vol. 6? Prolonged incoherent screaming.
It’s rather difficult to write a review without spoilers and in a professional unbiased way of a comic like WicDiv vol. 6 after realizing just how invested in so many of the characters I am. That last sentence could very well sum up the comic for fans who prefer to wait for the trade paper back collections and wondering if they should buy it now or wait for a sale/price reduced/used/library copy. Sustaining interest in collected volumes at a number like 6 is notoriously difficult and there’s usually a steep drop-off in sales.
Don’t let this be one with a sales drop! It might be tempting, since vol. 5 seemed to be in a holding pattern. It was necessary in an Ananke-less story arc for the characters to take a step back and regroup. Providing needed character development while setting up future events. Volume 5 even opens with a mock magazine summing things up and giving us more background on the Pantheon. It certainly ended with a hook, though. Vol. 6 of Wicdiv brings us back to the roller coaster ride of events, pushing forward some interesting reveals, story elements and hurtling the plot along. If readers thought that vol. 5 had a lot of talking and only a little action, vol. 6 wants to make up for that.
The last page certainly guarantees I’ll be reading vol. 7 or even breaking down and buying individual issues. I’m refraining from any speculation on exactly what could happen, The Wicked and the Divine as a whole is better when you just go along with it rather than try to be smarter than it. To be less vague about this volume; readers get some much needed time with Dionysus who has been largely in the background. He has more depth than his party dude persona. Readers can now feel sad when his time is inevitably up. There’s less time with Morrigan and Baphomet, preventing them from becoming tiresome while still making sure their story is not forgotten. Sahkmet’s story line doesn’t turn into another hunt for Baph plot. McKelvie’s art is quality as always. The whole arc moves smoothly along to that story twisting last page.