After last issues Big Events, this is a palate cleanser or an annual to let the reader regain their breath before diving back into the main storyline which has taken a very interesting turn. 1831 is as you may expect, set in the year 1831 during a previous time when the pantheon walked the Earth. Rather than regular artist Jamie McKelvie, this issue is ably drawn by Stephanie Hans set by the shores of Lake Geneva which should perk up any fans of the book Frankenstein.
Here Annake is still scheming, still plotting while the individual Gods seem as vain and self-obsessed as the ones in the ongoing title, but it’s fun to see these 19th century versions of characters we’ve gotten to know over the last few years.
Here the Gods meet, drink, eat and tell each other tales to try to make each other’s blood turn cold.
What we find out is these are the last days of this particular Pantheon, and these are the last four gods remaining alive, yet this time’s Lucifer has a very familiar looking idea in the hope of returning their fallen comrades back to life in a magical way.
1831 is more than just a nice wee look into the past mythology of the Wicked and the Divine, it’s a crucial part of the plot that reveals background which is clearly going to be relevant in the future. I’d not pick this up if you’re thinking of diving into the story; this is for regular readers only and they definitely need to get this as it won’t be reprinted in any collected trade edition.