The Wicked + The Divine #34 Review: A Great First Half and OK Second Half

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The Wicked + The Divine #34
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Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Color Artist: Matthew Wilson, Flatter: Dee Cunniffe, Letters: Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, Original Designer: Hannah Donovan, Designer: Sergio Serrano, Editor: Chrissy Williams, Executive Assistant: Katie West, Publisher: Image Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

We travel back 6,000 years to figure out how it all started; a final meeting between two sisters takes place with one killing the other upon its conclusion. In the present, Persephone and Cassandra are still trapped in the cage with Woden’s beheaded son.

Wicked + Divine #34 cover by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine #34 cover by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

The Wicked + The Divine #34 struggles a little in the plot advancement department, with much of the story consisting of Persephone/Laura and Cassandra figuring out things, whether it be from Laura’s own thought process or revelation from Woden’s son. While there may be some revelations for the readers inside, watching our cast just sit around and brood about recent events while sharing little in the way of interesting dialogue doesn’t make for the most compelling plot.

That said, the opening scene from 6,000 years prior works for practically the opposite reason. The meeting between the two sisters is macabre and tense. One has a bag full of living heads with stitched mouths, the other is just waiting for the former to kill her. They lay out the rules for—well, the plot of Wicked + Divine. They are the orchestrators of the game. Even in these final moments, there is a power play as each try to tip the scales in their favor. When it’s done, there are still bloody consequences.

The Wicked + The Divine #34 art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine #34 art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Jamie McKelvie’s artwork continues to be pristine, with each scene being immaculately detailed and each character bestowed with endless visual personality. Matthew Wilson’s color art is as wild and eye-catching as ever, with the dazzling color palette always being one of my favorite things about the art of this series.

The Wicked + The Divine #34 isn’t one of the high points of the series, but, with Kieron Gillen’s solid writing and fantastic dialogue, it’s still far from an awful book. I can still recommend it to anyone invested in the series. You won’t be disappointed.

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(Last Updated March 13, 2018 7:34 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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