The Image Comics series The Wicked + The Divine has been pretty good about gradually doling out information. We knew from the beginning that every 90 or so years, 12 gods come to Earth and are dead within two years. We saw the ancient immortal Ananke revive and immediately try to kill a 13th god in the form of Persephone.
But there’s still a lot we don’t know. Volume 7 seeks to fill in some of those gaps.
Volume 7, subtitled Mothering Invention, does some time travel, filling in more details from the series opening, when the previous set of gods all went down, and shows a bit more of what was happening, and then uses that and other panels to basically explain most of Ananke’s backstory and what connection she has to the youngest of the gods, Minerva. And now, all of Ananke’s behavior makes a lot more sense. If the reader had assumed she was maybe not one of the good guys, now it is a whole lot clearer whether she is or isn’t. We also get a better idea of what role Baal is expected to play and what Laura Wilson/Persephone had to do with what was going on. The 13th god of 12 has a very important role to play, and the reader may finally be getting an idea of what the Destroyer is supposed to destroy.
That said, there are some other mysteries abounding, even if we know why there are some familiar talking heads on a basement cave. The Great Darkness is still out there, whatever it is, and some more hints show that whatever the Darkness is, it isn’t good.
Then again, so much about this series has been a series of unpredictable twists, that all kinds of things might be happening that mean the Darkness maybe isn’t so dark. It doesn’t look that way, but there are so many things that aren’t quite known just yet, so I’m gonna wait and see. For all I know, the Darkness may only be bad for gods and not mortals. I really like what writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie are doing here.
Apparently, the next volume will collect various flashback issues and specials, so I’ll finally get to see some of those past incarnations. In the meantime, let’s say 9.5 out of 10 renouncements.