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Image Expo: Gillen and McKelvie Team Up For The Wicked and the Divine

Image Expo: Gillen and McKelvie Team Up For The Wicked and the Divine

Who cares what it's about, you know you're gonna buy it regardless!




Kieron Gillen once got called a twat on The Outhouse message boards when he showed up to discuss Phonogram in our weekly Review Group, and he shrugged it off like a total champ. That's cred, folks. Since he didn't cry and give up on comics, he's earned our eternal respect, so we're glad to hear that he's re-teaming with his Phonogram buddy Jamie McKelvie (right after they finished re-teaming for Marvel's Young Avengers) on a new series, The Wicked and the Divine, as announced at the Image Expo this morning.

The Wicked and the Divine, besides severely aggravating my grammar OCD by having a "the" in the beginning, which I feel should be capitalized, and a "the" in the middle, which I feel shouldn't, is about the gods of ancient mythology being reincarnated today and... well, why am I writing this when Image sent a press release:

Twelve gods will be briefly reincarnated in order to perform miracles like superheroes and bask in celebrity fame. But for the first time, there may be a thirteenth god reincarnated, and lucky number thirteen is tipping the delicate balance.

 

Boom! Copypasta! The series will also apparently feature guest creators and special arcs with alternate endings, which, honestly, are way cooler gimmicks than a Tumblr recap page. Sorry guys.

Gillen promises not to rehash tired concepts here:

“The idea of playing superheroes as celebrity isn't exactly new,” explained Gillen. “However, it's always played cynical. The celebrity characters are always the debased bad guys, or at least the cautionary tale and wandering from the road of truth. It's always implicitly arguing that these people are worse than the heroes who came before them because they're on the cover of a magazine and they do a bit of coke. We're not interested in that. We're anti-that. We've all had pop-stars save our life.”

 

That's true, sir. There was that one time Justin Timberlake shoved me out of the way of a bus that about to run me over, and there was the time the rapper Snow... oh wait, we're talking metaphorically, aren't we. Well okay then.

Sorry, I get carried away sometimes...

Informer... something something something something something something... a licky boom boom down!

Can you tell I've written thirteen articles today so far? Space these announcements out, Image!

Here's the full press release:

 

THE GODS ARE REINCARNATED IN
THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE 
Just because you're immortal doesn't mean you're going to live forever
 

What if every 90 years the gods were reincarnated? Coming this 2014, Kieron Gillen (THREE, PHONOGRAM, Young Avengers) and Jamie McKelvie (PHONOGRAM, SUBURBAN GLAMOUR, Young Avengers) team up to infuse new life into the old mythological characters in THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE. The new ongoing series will feature guest creators and surprise arcs with alternate endings that will bring the gods of mythology to life. 

 
Twelve gods will be briefly reincarnated in order to perform miracles like superheroes and bask in celebrity fame. But for the first time, there may be a thirteenth god reincarnated, and lucky number thirteen is tipping the delicate balance. 
 
“The idea of playing superheroes as celebrity isn't exactly new,” explained Gillen. “However, it's always played cynical. The celebrity characters are always the debased bad guys, or at least the cautionary tale and wandering from the road of truth. It's always implicitly arguing that these people are worse than the heroes who came before them because they're on the cover of a magazine and they do a bit of coke. We're not interested in that. We're anti-that. We've all had pop-stars save our life.”
 
As if superhero-like gods reincarnated isn’t enough to draw readers in, Gillen promises a hefty dose of drama and mystery as well. “There’ll be a lot of fights, drama, emotions, secrets, and kissing,” hinted Gillen. “Worth noting is the question of whether the lead ends up being a God is the story to begin with. As far as the world knows, there's only twelve gods who appear. There may be a mystery going on.”
 
THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE is a new ongoing fantasy action series coming to Image Comics in 2014. 
 




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