This article was made possible through the gift a review copy.
After the cliffhanger of issue #39 and the excellent one-shot of 1373, The Wicked + The Divine goes for a lighter issue. I must admit that I was initially skeptical of a joke issue. This is what we’re getting until the final arc starts with issue #40. We’re nearing the end, this is the opportunity to give the fans something substantial before everything goes away.
Fortunately, my skepticism was mitigated by the fantastic pun on cover A. This issue is definitely giving something to the fans before the end.
WicDiv is not a lighthearted story. It’s serious, violent and many times makes fans want to scream. But a fandom that can’t poke fun at itself ends up being no fun in the end. The Funnies reads like the type of jokes fans might come up while lovingly discussing aspects of WicDiv, only the creators got there first. This is a lighthearted issue of pure silliness, but it’s also all about the love the readers have for the series.
Also, there are puns. Glorious, glorious puns. Puns about puns and various assorted other wordplay. Whether it’s self parodying by reversing the word “god” to giving us a Scooby-Doo story, there’s a pun somewhere. If there isn’t a pun, then there’s Sakhmet doing what cats do.
The final story, not only answers a question about the main story arc that I’ve always wondered, it serves as the grand finale of why this issue exists. Puns and to give readers, like me, who love puns the worse they are, an excellent issue that allows us to take a deep breath before diving into the last issues. It’s actually rather nice to have an issue that doesn’t raise more questions than it answers. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Inanna as cute little dog?