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:
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.