The “Mull of Kintyre test” refers to an apocryphal standard for showing male genitalia on British network television, regarding the tumescence thereupon. Regard the shaded in Scottish island and peninsula below.
Allegedly, a small amount of turgidity was acceptable viewing past the “nine o’clock watershed”, the time in which it was expected that a) the kids would be in bed or b) it was now the damn parents’ fault what the kids saw.
Well, for those who care about such things, The Wicked + The Divine Christmas Annual published tomorrow fails the Mull of Kintyre test with flying colours. I’d like to say that’s down to Jamie McKelvie, who has recently left London for bonnie Scotland, but no, the scene in question is drawn by Kris Anka.
And it’s artistically valid; you can have characters say whatever they want, have coquettish smiles around their lips, or widen their pupils to the max, but nothing quite lets the reader understand real physical attraction than an unquestionable rigidity in the downstairs department.
There has also been issues with ComiXology in the past when showing such scenes, but I have had it confirmed from Chip Mosher that there is no such issue this time. They may swing to and fro without a care, ComiXology will take those stiff gifs and distribute them across the word, ready to deliver some jpegging to the lucky so-and-so.
But, and this is the thing, even among the broad-minded audience of a comic like The Wicked + The Divine, there are those who, while open to all sorts of possibilities, aren’t too keen on their works of fiction featuring an erect member or two flapping around in their face. Which is fine, but consider this fair warning. Those folks might like to give this Christmas Annual a miss, and grab hold of a big hard Beano instead.
After all, we wouldn’t want to give anyone a stroke. Not unless they asked permission first, anyway.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1
Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Kris Anka, Chynna Clugston Flores, Carla Speed McNeil, Rachael Stott, Emma Vieceli, Matt Wilson
Cover: Matt Wilson, Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover: Kris Anka
Published: December 13, 2017
Diamond ID: OCT170608
JAMIE said “It’s a shame we never saw any of the gods’ early funtimes,” and KIERON said “Yeah,” and then they looked at each other, and then called all their talented friends to do a Christmas album of (mostly) fan service! Inanna and Baal getting it on! Lucifer and Sakhmet getting it on! Dionysus giving Baphomet a lift in a crappy car! And more! This one has it all.