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The Wicked + The Divine #41 review: HEADing into the home stretch

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The Wicked + The Divine #41 review: HEADing into the home stretch

The WicDiv team isn’t holding anything back as they rocket towards the series’ conclusion.

I know, I’m sorry, but it was right there. As the series slams into its final arc, it’s non-stop action as Laura, the remaining gods and the heads try to save the world once and for all. Is it good?

As Baal, Woden, and Ananke as Minerva continue to pursue the rest of the gods in the aftermath of O2, Laura uses her remaining powers to break the Norns out of prison, and discovers the heads of Lucifer, Inanna, and Tara in the secret room.

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The Wicked + The Divine #41 review: HEADing into the home stretch

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As they escape from the hunting Valkeries, they head towards the underground. Unbinding their mouths, Luci reveals to the group that Minerva is actually Ananke. And Laura reveals the real reason they have come to the Underground – Nergal has three bodies of the three forms of Marian’s incarnations, ready to be filled.

Is it good?

The WicDiv team isn’t holding anything back as they rocket towards the series’ conclusion. I’ve expected a lot of answers and reunions and we’re getting them in spades. I love seeing Luci and Laura reunite, and expect literal fireworks when Inanna finally learns what horrors Baal has been committing all along. Even though the issue is fast paced, we don’t lack for character moments or lose the plot. The tight pace focuses in on the final goal — if the Great Darkness isn’t the true danger, what is and can the gods reunite to stop it?

As per usual, McKelvie and Wilson knock it out of the park with the art. McKelvie has some beautiful moments with character’s emotional beats, and Wilson gets to play with a full range of colors as the gods move from the prison down into the underground. His masterful coloring of light gets a showoff moment in this page:

The Wicked + The Divine #41 review: HEADing into the home stretch

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I love the movement from panel to panel of the glow of the building windows to the glow of Laura’s eyes.

McKelvie usually gets praised for his people, but the image of the tiny gods walking into Nergal’s giant towering temple entrance in the Underground was particularly striking. Sadly it’s not part of the preview images, so you’ll just have to buy the issue to see it for yourself.

The Wicked + The Divine #41 review: HEADing into the home stretch
The Wicked + The Divine #41
Is it good?
The WicDiv team isn't holding anything back as they rocket towards the series' conclusion. I've expected a lot of answers and reunions and we're getting them in spades. I love seeing Luci and Laura reunite, and expect literal fireworks when Inanna finally learns what horrors Baal has been committing all along. Even though the issue is fast paced, we don't lack for character moments or lose the plot.
A tightly focused, fast pace doesn't sacrifice character moments as we shoot towards the finale
McKelvie gets to show off his skill in perspective with some cool distance panels
Wilson's colors literally glow and cool throughout the book
9.5
Great

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