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Mark Allen reviews The Wicked + The Divine #23…
New Story Arc: “Imperial Phase I,” Part One Welcome to the November 2014 issue of Pantheon Monthly. Exclusive interviews with all your favorite gods. Plus! The first photographs of the Morrigan ever!
The creative team behind The Wicked + The Divine are never ones to rest on their laurels. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have tended towards genre- and format-bending in their work together, from the hyper-kinetic Young Avengers to the “remixed” WicDiv #14. Issue #23 is a comic that sees the series heading into new, unfamiliar territory…and may not actually be considered a comic at all. They’re nothing if not audacious, this lot.
The first instalment of “Imperial Phase: Part 1” takes the form of a glossy, Pantheon-centric magazine featuring interviews with various gods, accompanied by stunning high fashion “photographs” by Kevin Wada. (Series artist McKelvie contributes this issue’s cover, a couple of high »
- Mark Allen
As The Force Awakens rockets through hyperspace toward the record books and box office domination, feminists have rejoiced. The heroic journey of Rey, who picks up the lightsaber wielded by the original trilogy's hero Luke Skywalker and the prequel trilogy's anti-hero Darth Vader, marks a first for Star Wars. As Laurie Penny notes in her piece at the New Statesman, "Rey picks up her weapon, and everything changes." In her article "How Rey and The Force Awakens Could Change Star Wars Forever" for The Washington Post, Alyssa Rosenberg states that the movie "reminded me just how powerful it can be to see yourself as the hero of a story that you love." The Guardian convened a panel of prominent feminists to discuss Episode VII as a game-changer. As a cultural critic whose feminism can be ascribed directly to lessons learned from Star Wars and who has struggled with the sexism embedded in the franchise, »
- Tricia Barr
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