THIS WEEK’S HIT: The Wicked and the Divine #41.
As soon as this series has finished, I am immediately re-reading the whole thing. I told everything that Wic/Div was the closest comic book series to Watchmen, since Watchmen, and I believe that’s true.
Ramping up the tension and that ever-present, palpable sense that some major shit is about to go down, Gillen writes this issue as if he’s that guy on the rollercoaster who hyped everyone during the ascent. You know the guy. The one who yells “OH SHIT! Here we go!” as the tracks slowly clunk along, carrying you to the very peak before hurtling you toward the end at a pace that rips the breath out of your mouth and makes your heart beat out of your chest.
We’ve been there before, because Wic/Div truly has been a rollercoaster ride with varying degrees of pace, but only once has it ever dipped below anything I’d consider brilliant. This is it, the final ascent before the drop. All the pieces are in place and the gargantuan revelations regarding The Recurrance that have presented themselves over the last arc or so have finally brought everyone full circle. The Great Darkness is upon everyone involved, but how it’s dealt with is going to be huge, and not everyone’s gonna see the end of it.
Baal’s character has definitely taken turns I never expected, in ways I never expected, but since the first issue, Laura has been our guide. She’s our anchor to this world of more than she was seemingly meant to handle, despite being perfectly suited to the tasks at hand. Wic/Div is like that. Sometimes it feels a bit too much, but if you bring your agency to this book, IT WILL reward you.
This is that bittersweet spot. I can’t wait to see how this ends, but that also means it will end. I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters, but if they’re gonna go out, #41 suggests it’ll be in true Wic/Div fashion; with huge resonance and drama turned up to eleventy-stupid.