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After five years, we reach the final volume. We go not gentle into that good night, but go driving a converted tank, covered in glitter and spangles, with a soundsystem audible from Mars blaring nothing but bangers. Gods, pop stars, an ending. We'll miss you. Collects THE WICKED +THE DIVINE #40-45


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After five years, we reach the final volume. We go not gentle into that good night, but go driving a converted tank, covered in glitter and spangles, with a soundsystem audible from Mars blaring nothing but bangers. Gods, pop stars, an ending. We'll miss you. Collects THE WICKED +THE DIVINE #40-45

30 review for "Okay"

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    So this is it, the end of The Wicked + The Divine. The end of an era, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s magnum opus five years in the making. A book that got me into comics, the one I’ve been following from the start, my first ongoing series, and for the longest time my favorite. This book means so much to me, and I’m definitely a bit sad that it is over, though I’m also kinda relieved. Yes, I freely admit that the series lost its way a bit midway through — I actually went back and re-read the So this is it, the end of The Wicked + The Divine. The end of an era, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s magnum opus five years in the making. A book that got me into comics, the one I’ve been following from the start, my first ongoing series, and for the longest time my favorite. This book means so much to me, and I’m definitely a bit sad that it is over, though I’m also kinda relieved. Yes, I freely admit that the series lost its way a bit midway through — I actually went back and re-read the entire series before the finale, and the two-part Imperial Phase especially is an absolute pain that made me question why I was reading WicDiv in the first place. But was it wort it? To me, absolutely, despite everything. After the almost unbearable volumes 5 and 6, volume 7 was a fantastic return to form and arguably the best book in the series, and the actual finale here, in volume 9 is also really good... for the most part. In a way, it’s everything the series has been throughout its run — beautiful, bombastic, creative and heartfelt, but also a bit frustrating, vague, confusing, weirdly paced and overstuffed with twists and dramatic reveals that are walked back as quickly as they are introduced. Certain things were left unsaid, which disappointed me, and the actual final issue was... well, I can see why it is the way it is, and the message behind it was beautiful, but story-wise it just felt empty — and, frankly, Imperial Phase did so much damage to these characters that in my eyes none of them fully recovered, so I really struggled to care about them the way I was supposed to towards the end. And yet I can’t say I didn’t like the ending — it was satisfying and wrapped up all the important things with grace and grandeur, for better or for worse. Visually, what more can I say about Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles? The guys are masters of their craft and are unreservedly top-tier comics creators of all time. McKelvie physically suffered for his art, going through severe pain that caused multiple delays on final issues. And it’s honestly the best work of his career, the guy deserves an Eisner and every other comic art award for his exquisite craft. So yeah, here we are. The end of an era. WicDiv is the book that started it all for me, we’ve been through a lot together and I’m going to miss it dearly. It kind of feels like saying goodbye to a friend. Farewell, WicDiv. And thank you to the entire team who made this book the wild ride that it was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    5+ out of 5. Fuck off, it's perfect. It's a perfect ending, one that clears up so much of the confusing mythos of the series thus far -- and it does it in ways that made me gasp. The ending, in particular, is one of the most transcendent moments in literature imho. Burn bright, if you must -- but learning how to burn longer is far, far more important.

  3. 5 out of 5

    L.S. Popovich

    Wicked+ The Divine elicited mixed feelings from me as a series. Some hits and misses. Most of the home runs were in the latter part of the series. Overall, I'd say it was worth powering through the beginning to get to the end. The premise leads to intriguing developments. The characterization took time, but was well-realized by the end. However the premise could have been explored even further when all is said and done. The first volume laid the groundwork, but the following volumes meandered a Wicked+ The Divine elicited mixed feelings from me as a series. Some hits and misses. Most of the home runs were in the latter part of the series. Overall, I'd say it was worth powering through the beginning to get to the end. The premise leads to intriguing developments. The characterization took time, but was well-realized by the end. However the premise could have been explored even further when all is said and done. The first volume laid the groundwork, but the following volumes meandered a little. By the time we start to see how godhood and resultant death effects our teenage leads, several volumes have elapsed. Even then the excellent vignettes are slow-burns that only congeal in the final 2 volumes. Good pacing would have made the most of this great idea. Characters like Baal and Baphomet had depth. Baal was a great blend of flaws and strength, with some of his strengths becoming flaws when pushed to far. He felt the most human of the entire cast and his decisions added weight and impact to the story in my opinion. Baphomet was just as interesting. He started and ended the story in two different places and his journey and final decision were believable. It is hard to say as much about other characters. Laura has her moments and she is good in the last 2 volumes. But as a main character, she did little for 2/3 of the story, with only one decision having any weight. I like to see characters live with their decisions, but without stretching it to the point of melodrama. The art is impressive overall. And it compounds dynamically as the story progresses. The coloring, ink, and line work all work together to make a pleasing aesthetic that is expressive and kinetic. The art does a lot of the heavy lifting whenever the writing fizzles. The themes come through, thankfully, in the last few volumes. The series concerns itself with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and how we let them influence us. The best volume was Mothering Invention, where the themes of realizing our weaknesses and regressing to progress are communicated exquisitely. Elsewhere the themes are buried by some unrealistic dialogue, scenes, and side plots. The Wicked+ The Divine starts slow, but finishes strong. Not a comic for kids. But its depiction of excess serves the plot. Some shock value and an increasing artistic flair are other reasons to recommend the series. Or not. Depending on your taste.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    The end of 6,000 years, or looked at another way, five. In which two guys I knew before they were even cult figures pulled off the Ziggy Stardust gambit, and told a story about fame that made them famous - but not just famous, because much like the characters this also saw them ascending to a whole other level creatively, with issues that should have felt like jokes or gimmicks but instead served as reminders that comics can do so much more than people usually let them. After which, this is The end of 6,000 years, or looked at another way, five. In which two guys I knew before they were even cult figures pulled off the Ziggy Stardust gambit, and told a story about fame that made them famous - but not just famous, because much like the characters this also saw them ascending to a whole other level creatively, with issues that should have felt like jokes or gimmicks but instead served as reminders that comics can do so much more than people usually let them. After which, this is where it all pays off - and for the most part it really does. Whatever my quibbles with the metaphysics and the alternate history of the premise, the characters have always been solid and alive and oh so true. Combine that with how long we've been living with them, and how could their final acts not have this impact? There are so many perfect moments here: Baal's plan; the realisation that maybe knowing you're the destroyer could be the first stop to not being the destroyer; 'Don't make 'then' now. Don't make 'then' forever.' The face on those three clicks. The new looks. Yes, maybe sometimes we are getting morals like we used to at the end of a Saturday morning cartoon, except that here they feel wise and earned, not sappy and pat. It's helps that it's utterly beautiful; McKelvie has become one of the few artists in comics who can reliably deliver a big emotional beat without the panel needing a word to explain it. Meanwhile, Gillen is hiding terrible puns in the very structure of the story, explained only in the writer's notes (the temple of love is falling down, indeed). WicDiv's gods have always and openly been a metaphor through which to talk about the experience of being a creator or artist of any sort, and even if I never entirely bought into the in-world grounding of that, they do enable moments of brilliant insight, not least in the issue about those who try to step away from the brink, while realising that you can never come all the way back: "No one who didn't think they were special could stand in front of all those people, take their money and do the bullshit you did." And even if ultimately this was a story about choosing humanity over the art and the myth, oh, the art and the myth they paradoxically wove from that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Wow, what an ending! I've been following this series since the first volume came out and it was definitely one of the most unique comic book series I've ever read! There were ups and downs throughout, but the story and characters always sucked me in! Going in, I didn't know how the creative team was going to do a finale to a series that was basically the game of thrones of comics for me but unlike GoT, this one actually had a good ending! All I can say is Kieron Gillen's writing and Jamie Wow, what an ending! I've been following this series since the first volume came out and it was definitely one of the most unique comic book series I've ever read! There were ups and downs throughout, but the story and characters always sucked me in! Going in, I didn't know how the creative team was going to do a finale to a series that was basically the game of thrones of comics for me but unlike GoT, this one actually had a good ending! All I can say is Kieron Gillen's writing and Jamie McKelvie artwork go together like Peanut butter and jelly, and they definitely ended this series with a bang! Very cryptic review, but what I'm basically saying is this was a great finale to this series and I think fans will love it! It will be interesting to go back 5-10 years down the line and reread this series from start to finish again!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    wow. i don’t really know what to say. i kinda consider wicdiv as the book that got me into print comics, that taught me i could obsess over and adore and be emotionally invested in characters and storylines the way i cared about those in novels. i’ve spent hours discussing character design and development. i’ve waited anxiously for 5 of the 9 books in this series to come out. however, as the story progressed, i felt myself losing track of it. and, maybe because of that, this ending didn’t hit as wow. i don’t really know what to say. i kinda consider wicdiv as the book that got me into print comics, that taught me i could obsess over and adore and be emotionally invested in characters and storylines the way i cared about those in novels. i’ve spent hours discussing character design and development. i’ve waited anxiously for 5 of the 9 books in this series to come out. however, as the story progressed, i felt myself losing track of it. and, maybe because of that, this ending didn’t hit as hard as i was expecting. i want just a bit more clarity. i want to understand the gods powers a little better. i want to feel like i really know what’s going on, what has happened, rather than constantly scouring every but of text to try to reach a plot epiphany that never really occurs. i’m grateful for wicdiv. really, i am. the characters are stellar. the concept is wonderful. there is kissing and angst and moments that feel cinematic in their composition. stupid young adults trying to do stupidly big things. it’s everything i love, in theory, and still kind of is. however, there are too many loose threads left at the end, or connections so faint that i couldn’t pick them up. i’m going to reread the whole series again after the ending, of course. i’m just sad that it will be for clarity and understanding, rather than solely for the ability to enjoy the series again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. General concept spoilers because it'll be hard to talk about this book otherwise. "The Prometheus gambit? To kill someone and get a god's powers? We were all doing that. We were killing ourselves to become something worth believing in." For a series that slogged through five years and eight volumes of hedonism, violence, and various and sundry self-destructive behaviors, "Okay" is a remarkably chill book. There's only one real page of battle, and on that page Gillen even calls out the readers for General concept spoilers because it'll be hard to talk about this book otherwise. "The Prometheus gambit? To kill someone and get a god's powers? We were all doing that. We were killing ourselves to become something worth believing in." For a series that slogged through five years and eight volumes of hedonism, violence, and various and sundry self-destructive behaviors, "Okay" is a remarkably chill book. There's only one real page of battle, and on that page Gillen even calls out the readers for our tendency to demand violent conflict from our comics at the expense of distancing ourselves from the true cost of that violence. Laura Wilson is telling this story and that's not what she craves anymore, and she spends this book asking us to take a healing journey with her. This volume returns to its roots: why did Laura and the others want to be gods in the first place? What would they be doing with their gifts if Ananke hadn't been pitting them against each other since their inception? They'd love each other, help each other, and perform. This is a book about breaking out of destructive cycles. It's about embracing yourself and your gifts and telling your own unique story rather than fitting into someone else's expectations. It's about rejecting the notion that creativity and art have to be born from pain. It's about what people, sometimes even the people who seem the most terrible, can accomplish given an inch of grace. It's about rejecting the white whale of quick and easy fame and embarking on the hard work required to be successful. It's a surprisingly fulfilling, beautiful, and even sweet finale to a story that's been largely cynical, and that finale comes about because Laura finds her healing and brings everyone else back from the brink with her. "There's no short cuts. There's only the work."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ed Erwin

    While I loved the first 2 volumes, I enjoyed it less as it continued. Still I pushed on through.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    I'm still to read Issue #45 but the four issues are good. At least, my questions have been answered.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katey Moore

    A decent end to a confusing and beautiful series. I really want to go back and read them all the way through, make a flow chart, read some critiques online, and basically fully immerse myself in this adventure to catch all the things I’ve missed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    A good enough ending to a unique comic book. My main problem with the series is that it takes a while to tell you what it's all about, and after all that build-up, it's... just weird? There were so many interesting characters here, but strangely, the series doesn't seem very memorable to me. I'm glad I read it, but it didn't leave much to take away.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrey

    This was one one of the most satisfying ending of a series I got to read

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    Here it is, the last volume of a comic series that quickly became a new favorite, if not my very favorite. It was a little bittersweet to read the final volume knowing that this is the last time I'd get to read about these characters. It's always sad to come to the end of a series, especially one you've really come to love. All that being said, I thought this final did leave a little bit to be desired. It felt like all the action happened really fast and before I knew it, we'd moved into an Here it is, the last volume of a comic series that quickly became a new favorite, if not my very favorite. It was a little bittersweet to read the final volume knowing that this is the last time I'd get to read about these characters. It's always sad to come to the end of a series, especially one you've really come to love. All that being said, I thought this final did leave a little bit to be desired. It felt like all the action happened really fast and before I knew it, we'd moved into an epilogue type situation. It was nice to put those final puzzle pieces together and finally figure exactly why everything that happened happened. But I still wish it had been a little bit longer. Overall, I loved this series so much and I'm so excited to have read it in its entirety this year. This is a series I definitely see myself going back to and reading again at some point because I just loved it so much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carey

    I'm not sure yet how I feel about the series as a whole. I'm also not sure how I feel about this final volume except sad that it's over. I can't really separate it from the rest of the series. I didn't hate it, but I think I expected something bigger or different. Overall, the plot was needlessly convoluted. I spent too much time being confused. But I really loved the characters, and I'm now a fully converted fan of Jamie McKelvie. There are definitely worse comics to fall in love with. Somebody I'm not sure yet how I feel about the series as a whole. I'm also not sure how I feel about this final volume except sad that it's over. I can't really separate it from the rest of the series. I didn't hate it, but I think I expected something bigger or different. Overall, the plot was needlessly convoluted. I spent too much time being confused. But I really loved the characters, and I'm now a fully converted fan of Jamie McKelvie. There are definitely worse comics to fall in love with. Somebody else read this so I have someone to talk to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I really liked how this series ended. It had it's ups and downs, but the last few volumes when everything was coming together made more sense. Going to miss this series a lot. I loved the art, the mix of mythology and music, and I like the use of historical fiction. Over all I'd give this series 4 story (because I was confusing at first).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clara Vitral

    “It is a tale that you sing. As long as you believe it, it makes you powerful.” Well, I'm sad that it's the last volume in this series; at the same time, I'm glad it's got a conclusion. The Wicked + The Divine were one of the first comic series I've read and it holds a special place. It was a satisfying ending, even though I was expecting a bit more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Oh...my...gods! What a beautiful ending to one of the most perfect series ever created. So many startling and emotional moments to end it all and that final interaction of all the characters? Truly moving. Standing ovation for one of the best graphic novels this century.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    2019 was a tough year for endings, but this? This is perfect. With all the bad choices and questionable things that our group of divine rock stars have done for eight volumes, I was worried that the series would end on a genuinely dark note. But the title of this volume is perfect -- the characters make better choices (most of them) at the end, plan well, and stick together, and things end up okay. Mostly. This series entered my life at a weird time, and leaves at a very challenging one. It had a 2019 was a tough year for endings, but this? This is perfect. With all the bad choices and questionable things that our group of divine rock stars have done for eight volumes, I was worried that the series would end on a genuinely dark note. But the title of this volume is perfect -- the characters make better choices (most of them) at the end, plan well, and stick together, and things end up okay. Mostly. This series entered my life at a weird time, and leaves at a very challenging one. It had a lot to say about potential, talent, diversity, and identity in a way that no other comic quite got to me before. I'm sad to see it end and happy it was there, something genuinely unique and powerful that I know I'll come back to read again over the years, and perhaps see new nuances to characters, and different understandings of the series' fundamental message.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Holy. Shit. What a fucking ending to a wonderful series. Just Wow! Nothing else I can say would be a good enough review. (Didn't take me two days, started late one night and couldn't put it down)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    What an ending.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review (plus V8) can be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/10/2... This is it! Can Gillen and McKelvie bring this series to a satisfying close? Since Volume Eight was basically an interlude (although two of the previous historical stories will tie-in to this one), we basically are picking up from Volume Seven’s action. Woden, Minerva and Baal are planning a concert to suck the energy of the Gods and concert-goers to supposedly prevent The Great Darkness, although Baal is but This review (plus V8) can be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/10/2... This is it! Can Gillen and McKelvie bring this series to a satisfying close? Since Volume Eight was basically an interlude (although two of the previous historical stories will tie-in to this one), we basically are picking up from Volume Seven’s action. Woden, Minerva and Baal are planning a concert to suck the energy of the Gods and concert-goers to supposedly prevent The Great Darkness, although Baal is but an unknowing pawn in the first two’s evil plan. Sadly, Baal’s justification for this mass-murder is due to Ananke’s previous manipulations of him. Persephone has clued into Ananke’s manipulations and who she is masquerading as. She rallies the remaining Gods to stop the concert…but things don’t go as planned (of course). There are some more reveals, some deaths, some rebirths and a lot of fighting and chaos that occurs as the remaining Gods group together for the final showdown. As I don’t want to spoil the ending or let on who survives and who doesn’t, all I can say the final confrontation is epic. Many puzzle pieces are finally joined together, with connections to the past, but ultimately it is our advanced, modern technological world that finally thwarts Ananke. An epilogue ends the series on a somber note, and its slower pace lets you reflect on the nature of how we perceive others and how we let other’s perceptions of us colour ourselves. As Laura, formally Persephone, wisely states, “Dreams aren’t real”. The art in this series was absolutely divine. For a huge cast of characters, each God was inked with attention to detail and was so incredibly distinctive. The colours added maximum visual impact -with certain hues matching each God’s personality. There were unique panel configurations and the story always flowed. McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles have a partnership that rivals any other artist teams out there, for their style, colours and lettering can’t be beat. This contemporary fantasy skewered celebrity obsession and media culture in a truly thought-provoking way…and yet, it was so damn confusing at times! There were several times I almost gave up on this nine-volume series, yet I persevered because the unique narrative and outstanding art kept pulling me back in. Ultimately, this series proved to be more divine than wicked, and I’m glad I finished it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    C. Chambers

    Now that is how you end a series. I was extremely worried at around vol 3 that the story was going to be so convoluted that there was no way go tie it up. And then it got even more confusing, and I just threw my hands up and hoped for the best. But... my God that was satisfying. Every aspect of this book is incredible. I love the cover, because the art has been nothing short of spectacular for its entirety. I love the token reviewer's blurbs (that are a special treat this time around and I'll Now that is how you end a series. I was extremely worried at around vol 3 that the story was going to be so convoluted that there was no way go tie it up. And then it got even more confusing, and I just threw my hands up and hoped for the best. But... my God that was satisfying. Every aspect of this book is incredible. I love the cover, because the art has been nothing short of spectacular for its entirety. I love the token reviewer's blurbs (that are a special treat this time around and I'll leave for you to discover). And also the noted design choice on the final pages to leave out advertisements or extra materials for the sake of effect. Its beautiful. Yeah, I'll leave it at that last point. It's beautiful. Violent, surprising, strange and controversial; but nonetheless, beautiful. 5/5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I've had a lot of ups and downs with this series, but honestly I think most of the downs were when I was frustrated with not knowing what was happening or the plot taking detours and I think I would probably rate several volumes higher if I reread them all in a row - something I plan on doing next year. This ending was absolutely perfect though. Definitely worth the wait and very satisfying all around. Some highlights: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jarrah

    What a gripping last chapter in one of the great comic book sagas of all time. Gillen and McKelvie ended an era with a bang, guiding us through some last-minute twists and tying up loose ends before hitting home a strong message about the pitfalls of fame. I devoured this volume and instantly wanted to go back and re-read the entire series to take it all in again knowing where the story was headed. I even cried as our cast of characters faced their biggest test and connected with each other in What a gripping last chapter in one of the great comic book sagas of all time. Gillen and McKelvie ended an era with a bang, guiding us through some last-minute twists and tying up loose ends before hitting home a strong message about the pitfalls of fame. I devoured this volume and instantly wanted to go back and re-read the entire series to take it all in again knowing where the story was headed. I even cried as our cast of characters faced their biggest test and connected with each other in new, honest ways. Thanks to the whole WicDiv team for this reading experience.

  25. 5 out of 5

    vio

    I have ?? so many emotions ?? I don’t know if they’re good or bad emotions; I think I’m mostly just surprised because it wasn’t the ending I expected. But it has the chaotic energy that the entirety of the series had so I guess the ending makes sense. So to sum up, I think I liked it, I’m just a little out of sorts about it, is all. I am sad it’s all over, though. RIP.

  26. 4 out of 5

    João Calafate

    I started reading these comics 5 years ago. It's really weird to see them come to an end - especially when much of the story has been about avoiding endings -, but here we are. It wasn't perfect, it was often so strange I didn't know what was going on, but it was a beautiful thing to read. The last issue was really moving. I'll miss these characters, and I'll miss the feeling I'd get every Wednesday when the new issue finally dropped after a month of waiting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I felt that this went too fast. I loved it. But this whole series took years of my life but I still feel it flew by.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I really enjoyed The Wicked + the Divine and wow, what an ending! This will definitely be a series I reread (as if I haven't reread some of the volumes already).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I can't not give this 5 stars. I tried, but then I cried.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    A decent conclusion, but it did leave me a little meh. The series, but the latter half just isn't as good as those first two to three volumes.

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