A new beginning, a big ending, and more of the HiXMen lead the way this week, as I look at my buys, recommendations and curiosities from the week of comics in The Pull.
Book of the Week: The Wicked + The Divine #45
The Wicked + The Divine is a comic about gods and goddesses with set two year lifespans once they gain their powers, so it’s only fitting that the reality of the situation finds the finale taking place in an epilogue seemingly well into the future. And I’m here for it, as WicDiv is a relative gray hair amongst comics these days – when its 44th issue dropped in July, it was somehow how the 23rd highest title released that month – and one that has been building for something potent and meaningful ever since it first launched.
That’s not to say I haven’t wavered on the title at all. As much as I love it overall, some of the formalistic experimentation had me a bit wibbly wobbly for a minute. But ultimately I think that kind of storytelling will make the title a more enriching one to reread, and it’s managed to stick the landing as we’ve zoomed to the finale. It has refocused on the heart of the story, as the cast has always been the soul of the book even if the grand plans of Ananke led the way on the plot front. Now we’re left to find out what happens to all of our favorite gods and humans, and to discover how the faux cartoonist super team of Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles close it out. I’m excited to find out. So much so this issue may accomplish the rare feat: it might be read before House of X. No promises, though!