Two issues after the death of Laura and The Wicked and the Divine is dancing round the edges, but it’s really Keiron Gillen giving not just the characters a chance to breathe but the reader too. This isn’t to say the story is static, far from it as this issue we’re introduced to another god, Tara.
Gillen treats us to a little history of a god previously unencountered and like many of the other gods her life as a ‘normal’ person was like another other persons with the same amount of small, petty indignities that we suffer.
After a recap of her becoming a god, Tara attends a meeting of the others. I especially like the little touch of the skulls representing the two dead gods.
Tara’s life as a god is still full of the abuse women get, especially on Twitter as laid out brilliantly and harshly in this issue. What’s shocking about some of the abuse Tara receives here is how much like real life it is as you go on the social media of any female celebrity, politician or public figure and you’ll find death threats, rape threats and if possible, worse.
By the end of this issue it’ll be impossible for anyone not to just hate large parts of the public, but Annake who is more and more shaping up to be the villain of this comic but her motives have barely been touched upon needless to say though they don’t look to be especially very good.
Each issue of this comic is getting better and better but in it’s own way I think this is probably the best issue of the series so far, not to mention it’s got the most to say about a real issue affecting probably millions right now. Gillen handles it perfectly not to mention shockingly but giving you a blow to the gut in the last few pages of this quite superb comic.