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The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium Paperback – July, 2015
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12 young people get God-like powers every 90 years. Part of the Faustian bargain is that they all die within 2 years. As a group, they are known as the Pantheon. This series takes place near the beginning of the latest 90 year emergence. Each member has different powers - some of them have the powers/personality traits of Greek Gods, while others are from other myths (like Norse).
This Pantheon have revealed themselves to the world and have become celebrities. But what are they famous for? Some of them haven't done anything. You can see the creators' attitude towards modern celebrity culture play out here.
More significantly though, it's Kieron Gillen's commentary on life, death and time. I read an interview where he said that he had been wrestling with these themes after his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Different members of the Pantheon approach their impending end with different views - some celebrate their life and give to others, while others are miserable and focus obsessively on the end. For those of you that like to juxtapose other aspects of pop culture or lit theory, you can read this through the lens of Erickson's stages or Neil Young's "Hey Hey My My."
The art of the series continues to amaze: not only is it beautiful, it can be extremely sly in dissecting fan culture, whether it's the layout of a fangirl's bedroom, the organization of a convention hall, or the desperation of a wannabe to belong to the in-crowd. There's also a pretty spectacularly rendered Dionysian rave, seen/remembered only in flashes, as such things so frequently are.
The creators end their volume with a bang which may seem like less of a cliffhanger to those with a bit of mythological knowledge, but there's more than enough awesome here to keep this fan coming back for more.
This is not just a high point for the careers of Gillen and McKelvie, it's a high point for the entire industry. Wicked + Divine has every potential to become a Vertigo-era style classic; a multi-volumed epic that every comic shop employee puts in the hands of eager comic book newcomers.