The Wicked + The Divine
|The Wicked + The Divine|
Promotional Launch Image.
Art by Jamie McKelvie.
|Genre||Dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy|
|Publication date||June 2014 – present|
|No. of issues||50 (As of July 2019, 44 regular & 6 specials)|
|Created by||Kieron Gillen|
|Written by||Kieron Gillen|
|The Faust Act||ISBN 978-1-63215-019-6|
|Commercial Suicide||ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0|
|Rising Action||ISBN 978-1-63215-913-7|
|Imperial Phase (Part 1)||ISBN 978-1-53430-185-6|
|Imperial Phase (Part 2)||ISBN 978-153430-473-4|
The Wicked + The Divine is a contemporary fantasy comic book series created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, and published by Image Comics. The series is largely influenced by pop music and various mythological deities, and includes the themes of life and death in the story. The comic has received positive reviews, and was the winner of Best Comic at the 2014 British Comic Awards. It has also been noted for its diverse portrayal of ethnicity, sexuality and gender social roles.
The narrative follows a young teenage girl, Laura, as she interacts with the Pantheon, a group of twelve people who discover that they are reincarnated deities. This discovery grants them fame and supernatural powers, with the stipulation that they will die within two years as part of a ninety-year cycle known as the Recurrence.
The series was announced on 9 January 2014, and the first issue was released in June 2014. As of March 2019, there have been 42 single issues released, four one-shot specials, one Christmas issue, and one comedy issue. The single issues, excluding the specials, are currently collected across seven trade paperbacks, and three hardcover trades. Prior to the series conclusion, a trade collecting the one-shots, Christmas issue, and comedy issue was released, considered the eighth volume. The series is ongoing, intended to run for 45 main issues and complete in eight trade-paperback arcs, (plus one for the Specials), bringing the total to nine trade paperbacks.
Writer Kieron Gillen's original and core inspiration for The Wicked + The Divine was his father's diagnosis with terminal cancer. For this reason, Gillen considers the story to be "about life and death." Further inspiration for Gillen comes from pop music and various pop idols; the Pantheon is based on pop idols, and Gillen has created a playlist of songs to accompany the comic book.
The television rights have been optioned by Universal TV.
The narrative focuses on a group of people with superhuman powers known as "The Pantheon". Each member of The Pantheon was at one point a normal person before being chosen to merge with the spirit of a deity. It is said that each cycle of The Pantheon will not live past two years from the start of the series, and that every 90 years the Pantheon is reincarnated. This cycle is known as the Recurrence. It would also appear that the person who is the next reincarnation of a particular God does not get the opportunity to refuse becoming one.
- Laura Wilson - The series' narrator and protagonist. A 17-year-old multiracial teenager who lives in Brockley, Laura is a "fangirl" of the Pantheon, often having to stifle her true emotions in their presence and ready to sacrifice everything to be associated with the Pantheon. After attending a performance by Amaterasu, she meets several members of the Pantheon for the first time and befriends Lucifer. While all previous Pantheons have consisted of twelve gods, Laura is revealed to possibly be the first thirteenth member, Persephone. This was later debunked by the appearance of Persephone in the 1920s Recurrence, which means that she may be the last God to be incarnated as referenced by Ananke's sister, which means that in previous Pantheons, either she went unseen by other members of the Pantheon or she was killed immediately by Minerva or Ananke.
- Laura's Family - Laura's mother, father and sister Jenny. Originally not knowing of Laura's secret other life as a friend of the Pantheon, they eventually find out when she is thrust into the spotlight, and learn to support her lifestyle. Killed by Ananke who frames Baphomet for the murder. The fact that Ananke killed Jenny without even realising motivates Laura to kill Ananke.
- Beth - Originally one of Cassandra's interns, she is fired after leaking Cassandra and Laura's location to Baal and sets out on her own, with a grudge. Eventually joins Wōden. Took the name Nike (mythology). After being controlled by Minerva she still wants godhood and is knocked out by Robin, then arrested with the others.
- Robin and Toni - Beth's new camera team, operating in the same capacity Beth once did to Cassandra. Work for Wōden in the final phase of his plans. She as Phobos (mythology) and he as Eros (mythology). Leave after being freed from Minerva's control, only to be arrested.
- The Valkyries - A group of tall, beautiful, Asian women almost always accompanying Wōden. Kerry is one of his former valkyries and went by the name Brunhilde while with him, and after attempting to kill Wōden in order to gain his power, is crippled by Minerva; she later rejoined him. Another valkyrie, Eir looks after Sakhmet. A third named valkyrie is Göndul. Controlled by Minerva in the last arc. Freed by Dionysus and leave, only to be arrested.
- David Blake - An expert in The Pantheon who doesn't believe this generation deserves them, which upsets Laura. He works with Uror to try and identify Luci's attackers and has a son called Jon who is one of the true gods. David works with Ananke while pretending to be Wōden. As Wōden, he is often accompanied by The Valkryies, a group of human women who are all tall, Asian, and beautiful. He constantly wears a mask to hide his appearance, which is rumoured to be hideous. He is very racist, misogynistic, and a pervert. Killed by the Valkyries under Minerva's control.
- Minerva's mother and father - Minerva's parents live to profit from their daughter's newfound God-like status. Killed by Ananke, during Ananke's "attack" on Minerva. Revealed to be an unrelated couple that had been paid off by Ananke and Minerva to pose as her parents.
- Campbell Family -Valentine/Baal's parents and younger siblings Alicia and Bobby. His father was killed by the Great Darkness when Baal first became a god, convincing him to sacrifice children to stop it. The remaining family was attacked again at the same time as Minerva. Baal includes his mother in the crowd of intended sacrifices to stop the Great Darkness once and for all while Minerva watches his siblings. After the gig fails and horrified when he learns the truth, Baal lets the police pick them up.
- Tom - A fan of Persephone's who was the first to know she wanted to be known as The Destroyer. Attends Baal's final gig with his friends Nathan and Julie, finding footage of Laura on his phone after the crowd somehow survives.
Every Occurrence, 12 separate Gods/Goddesses reincarnate into bodies of any gender. Lucifer has had the most reincarnations, appearing five times in the issues and six altogether. Minerva has appeared five times; Baal, The Morrigan, Dionysus, Inanna, Set, and Woden have appeared three times, and Amaterasu, Mimir and The Norns have appeared twice, with every other God/Goddess having at least one known reincarnation. The 2010s Recurrence features the mysterious appearance of a 13th Goddess, Persephone. However, it was shown during the 1920s Recurrence that Persephone also appeared, her head having been removed prior or during the events of the Recurrence. None of the other Gods seemed to recognize her, which indicates either she has been killed immediately by Ananke in the past, or has been hidden by Ananke from the other Gods. It has since been revealed that Minerva is not a proper god, automatically created shortly before the next Occurrence begins and working with Ananke the whole time. Thus Persephone is the proper 12th member.
Ananke appears to act along with the Pantheon, serving as their representative to the public, but is also outside of them. Unlike the others she is not a teenager and has aged, but still is able to function. She functions almost as a parent, and reveals that she gave up her divinity during an earlier cycle of The Recurrence to protect future members of The Pantheon. Although she is stern with the deities who are resurrected, she seems to have a genuine maternal connection to them, saying that she will miss them before she kills them, and crying after she does so. It is revealed she, working with Minerva, has been removing the heads of Gods in the previous cycles in order to prevent the coming of the Darkness by completing a ritual using the intact heads of four Gods. The Gods who have had their heads removed previously do not remember having it occur in past Recurrences, as Inanna, the Morrigan and Lucifer of the 2010s cycle had their heads removed in each of their prior incarnations, but do not flee when Ananke has attempted to remove their heads in the case of Inanna and Lucifer.
Flashbacks shown to the 1923 Occurrence appear to show that each Minerva uses the power of the ritual to kill the current Ananke (each having been the previous incarnation of Minerva), and take her place for the next cycle; remembering every previous Occurrence in the process and taking the name of Ananke for that cycle. Further brief flashbacks to every Occurrence throughout history show a variety of outcomes for an Ananke awakening a Persephone. In most Ananke kills and/or takes the head of Persephone, (featuring twice where Minerva did this instead of Ananke); in some Ananke embraces Persephone as she does with the other gods; a few Persephone escape; some Persephone fight back occasionally wounding Ananke- twice killing Ananke and at least once where they killed each other. A Minerva has never been shown dying so therefore the cycle would continue through her even if something happened to the current Ananke before the ritual could be completed. Flashbacks to 3127 B.C. show the Minerva attempt to use herself in place of the fourth head; the ritual turned on her sending her into ninety years of darkness, until the next Minerva appeared swearing to never let that happen again. The 2014 Occurrence with Laura Wilson is the first time a third party has interfered with Ananke/Minerva and Persephone's encounter.
In the final arc, Minerva reveals the truth. Ananke and her sister were part of the first group of twelve with minor talents similar to the descended Laura. Her sister discovered that labeling themselves as "gods" gave them great power, a shortcut. Though "godhood" kills one of their group after two years, Ananke found a way to cheat death by creating the Minerva role and sacrificing four heads of each generation of the twelve. As the Crone and Maiden she traps the twelve in a story, giving them "godhood" with the name of a deity specific to each individual's flaws allowing her to manipulate and sacrifice them; while also preventing them from discovering their true power as regular humans.
The 2010s Occurrence:
- Amaterasu - Formerly Emily Greenaway, who went by the name Hazel Oak Ash Thorn Greenaway and became Amaterasu at the age of 17. A fan of Shinto culture from her childhood, she is commonly accused of cultural appropriation. Before being transformed, she was a fan of Cassandra's writing and drew a lot of fan art. Was a close friend of Eleanor before either of them became gods. She has the ability to "step" by sunlight as a way to teleport, with Wōden giving her a machine to do it by starlight. She has a very optimistic outlook on life and tries to be kind and friendly, stating that as a God she must be an inspiration. She also cares deeply for her fellow Gods and others, praying for them all. Murdered by Sakhmet slashing her throat.
- Baal - Formerly Valentine Campbell. Baal was the first God to emerge from the 2014 Occurrence. He was once with Inanna, before Inanna cheated on him with Lucifer, making him overly aggressive, but still not over him. He presents himself as aggressive, but is shown to have a softer side. His powers are presented as electrical in nature, using it to make his car go faster and erect a cage of lightning. He initially claims he is Baal Hadad, but is actually the sky and fire god Baal Hammon. He was using sacrificial children once every four months to banish the Great Darkness that killed his father. Devastated when he realizes it's all a lie, only living to stop Minerva. Valentine gives up godhood without stating what it meant to him. Commits murder-suicide by falling from a ledge while holding Minerva.
- Dionysus - Formerly Umar. Has the power to produce a drug-like euphoria, with the added function to control people affected by it. He first appears as a fan during The Morrigan's gig, before he is transformed. His powers have consequences though, as he can constantly hear people's voices in his head and can't sleep. Declared brain-dead after Wōden took control of a crowd of fans using Dionysus' powers. As a fan, Umar met Cameron and gave him a ride to one of The Morrigan's early gigs. Cameron would become Nergal as a result. Resurrected at the cost of Nergal's life. Umar gives up godhood along with his belief that he has to save everyone.
- Inanna - Formerly Zahid. He first met Laura at the original Ragnarock before his transformation, where he blended in and mostly went ignored. His personality changed when he was transformed, becoming more outgoing and confident. He was also a fan of Cassandra's writing. He runs a Residency which can go on for weeks at a time and frequently turns into orgies. In the early days of Godhood, he was in a relationship with Baal, which ended when Inanna slept with Lucifer. His powers included Divination and "stepping" (teleporting) by starlight. Murdered by Ananke, who frames the murder on Baphomet. Head is being kept alive in order to complete the ritual to banish the darkness. Takes the body of Gentle Annie after he is freed by The Norns and Laura. Zahid gives up godhood, which he previously believed was the only way he could stand out.
- Lucifer - Formerly Eleanor Rigby (a reference to the Beatles song of the same name), who was turned into Lucifer at the age of 18. She first meets Laura after an Amaterasu concert and offers Laura divinity in exchange for her help. She enjoys being rebellious against authority and has a desire for people to notice her, which being on stage allowed her to indulge in. Her powers appear to be fire-based, often demonstrated by causing explosions and lighting cigarettes. Killed by Ananke. Head is being kept alive in order to complete the ritual to banish the darkness. Takes the body of Badb after being freed by The Norns and Laura. Eleanor initially refuses to give up godhood. Laura makes her see her dream of being on stage isn't worth it and she becomes Eleanor again.
- Minerva - The youngest member of the Pantheon at 12 years old, she is kept away from important discussions by the others despite her desire to be involved. It is indicated that the reason Minerva is so young is that as a virgin Goddess, her hosts can only be virgins themselves. This seems to be supported by the fact that her previous incarnation in the 1920s was also a young girl. Secretly not one of the gods and part of Ananke's form of immortality. Her supposed parents appear to control her every move, living with her in Valhalla; though they are just unrelated people paid off by Ananke and Minerva in a ruse. She has a pet mechanical owl she calls Owly. It is revealed that she has all of Ananke's knowledge and carries on their plans. Revelations shown in 1923 suggests each Minerva kills each Ananke at the end of each cycle, considering themselves one; though the two can disagree with each other. Revealed to have separate minds until the Ananke is killed, the Minerva then gaining everything. This indicates that Minerva takes the role of the Maid and Ananke the role of the Crone. Used technology like the Valkyries when she needed to pose as a performing god, and cannot sing anymore. Reveals the truth to the surviving members of the twelve when her plans are foiled. Murdered by Valentine whom deliberately falls from a great height with her, killing them both.
- Mimir- Formerly Jon Blake. Turned into a god against his will and imprisoned by Ananke and his father David. David pretends to be the god Wōden while he secretly forces his son to build things for Ananke and his own plans. Jon is freed by The Norns and Laura, taking The Morrigan's body. Wōden is killed by the Valkyries under Minerva's influence. Jon gives up godhood, the only way he could make sense of what his father did to him.
- The Morrígan - Formerly Marian. Out of her love for her former boyfriend, she requests Ananke turn him into Baphomet. She appears in three incarnations, which have so far been named as "Badb", "Gentle Annie" (possibly Anand), and simply "Morrígan" (The Morrígan). Her personality depends on which incarnation she is in: Gentle Annie is more kind, while Badb is overly aggressive. Her powers include summoning crows as a weapon and, as Gentle Annie, she can heal. If a person tries to capture The Morrígan on camera, they will see a vision of a loved one dying. Gentle Annie sacrifices their life to bring back Nergal after Badb kills him. Two of the twelve being as close as Marian and Cameron were before discovering their abilities is rare, but Ananke/Minerva used that to her advantage.
- Nergal - Formerly Cameron. After his parents died, he became withdrawn from Marian and cheated on her, but she later forgave him and asked for him to be transformed. The character goes by name Baphomet (Baph), but in the 20th issue, he reveals to Persephone (and Urðr) that he is actually the incarnation of the god Nergal. He is very sarcastic and snide as an attempt to hide his immense insecurities, particularly his fear of death. He can summon the spirits of the dead. Killed by Badb but resurrected by Gentle Annie at the cost of Marian's triple lives. He figures out Marian meant for them to constantly die to each resurrect the other one, but Laura convinces him to break free of the abuse and instead use the three bodies as new hosts for the heads of the other gods. Before facing Minerva, he becomes brain-dead to bring back Dionysus.
- Persephone - Appears at the end of the 11th issue when Ananke seemingly transforms Laura Wilson into this previously unknown member of the Pantheon. Her powers include summoning vines that burst out the ground and is also able to show others past events. Formerly pregnant with either Baal Haamon or Nergal's child. Realizes she isn't a god and becomes human again; though can still somehow summon fire and has limited performance powers. The first to descend and give up godhood, Laura helps the rest see the truth. Arrested and put on trial for the murder of Ananke.
- Sakhmet - Formerly Ruth Clarkson. She admired Egyptian culture from a young age. Before Ananke found her, it was hinted she was homeless, an alcoholic, and that her father abused her. When sober, she becomes murderous and cannibalistic and can only be calmed down with alcohol. Her behaviour is very catlike and she is one of the Pantheon's best fighters. Killed by Minerva after Minerva's gaining the knowledge of Ananke.
- Tara - Formerly Aruna. From a young age, she suffered abuse and sexualization from all around her. She does not know which specific goddess "Tara" she is supposed to be an incarnation of (there are three options - a Buddhist Tara, a Hindu Tara, and a Polynesian Tara) and is plagued by abuse and derision from the public for refusing to perform miracles during her performances, instead performing music she wrote before her transformation. Constantly receiving rape threats and death threats, she begs Ananke to end her life and torment. She is very dismissive and withdrawn from the other Gods. Head is being kept alive in order to complete the ritual to banish the darkness. Volunteers not to take a body after she is freed by The Norns and Laura; to escape the objectification she faced before. Even as a head, had the miracle of turning into a giantess in battle. Aruna gives up her godhood; while she hated being special, deep down she believed she was special in the first place. She is still a living head.
- Urðr - Before her transformation, Urðr was Cassandra Igarashi, a trans woman, reporter, and a cynical skeptic of the Pantheon's supernatural origins. As Urðr, she is revealed to be the 12th member of the Pantheon, and appears along with her two sisters Verðandi and Skuld, formerly her camera crew. Together, the three form The Norns. Urðr was not affected by any of the other Gods' music apart from Persephone's; until she and Dionysus found a way for her to hear and feel his. Cassandra sends the other two Norns away to protect them. Cassandra gives up godhood; while she always thought the Pantheon's miracles were lies, she wanted to prove it by using miracles and didn't see the contradiction until the true nature of the twelve is revealed. The surviving members agree to her plan and get arrested.
The 1900s Occurrence:
This Occurrence ended on the 31st of December 1923. Unusually, the twelve Gods all lived close to the end of the Occurrence, forcing Ananke to take drastic measures to complete the ceremony to stop the Great Darkness. It is revealed that Ananke has found and imprisoned the creature that Woden merged with in the previous Recurrence in the lighthouse near Lucifer's island. This issue ends with the events of the first issue of the comic.
- Amaterasu - A Goddess based on silent-era film actresses like Louise Brooks, whose miracles involve impersonation and screen projection. She kills Baal using a projection of a steam train. Killed by Amon-Ra in suicide pact. She is later reincarnated in the next occurrence.
- Amun Ra - A God based on Langston Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance-era artists. In love with Amaterasu. Killed by Susanoo in suicide pact. Not reincarnated since this occurrence.
- Baal - A God based on T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, in alliance with Set to plunge the world into darkness and preserve the cultural dominance of literature. Killed by Amaterasu. Not reincarnated since this Recurrence.
- Dionysus - A God based on Pablo Picasso during his Cubist period, and as such is a living embodiment of the movement. Dies by a laser rigged by Wōden. He is later reincarnated in the next occurrence.
- Lucifer - A God based on F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lives on an island mansion attended only by a magical projection of a butler. Murdered by Set. He is later reincarnated in the next occurrence.
- Minerva - A Goddess based on Shirley Temple, she is more upbeat and immature, and often has to be shielded when her fellow Gods are murdered. Aware of Ananke's ritual and obtains the heads of Set and Susanoo to complete it. She kills Ananke and takes her place, obtaining the power of the Ritual. She lived till the 2010s Recurrence, which would have made her 87 years old at this time, and 30 years old at the time of her conversation with author Robert Graves.
- The Morrigan - A God based on James Joyce. He speaks of himself in the third person in a mixture of script and prose format. Murdered by Ananke to draw the surviving Pantheon towards the rebels. Second head used in the ritual. He is later reincarnated in the next occurrence.
- Neptune - A God based on Ernest Hemingway, and visually resembling Captain Nemo. Despite being a sea god, he is unable to swim. Dies by Baal drowning him. Not reincarnated since this occurrence.
- The Norns - Three Gods based on George Orwell, H.G. Wells, and Aldous Huxley. Verdandi is murdered for not wanting to join in the darkness plan. Skuld and Urdr are later killed by Set. They are later reincarnated in the next occurrence.
- Set - A Goddess based on Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury Group. Mentions previous incarnations having taken place during the reign of Ramses II and during the life of Jesus, similar to Woolf's character Orlando. Killed by Minerva. Third head used in the ritual. Not reincarnated since this occurrence.
- Susanoo - A God based on silent-era film comedians like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, who is attracted to his "sister" Amaterasu. Decapitated by Minerva after the suicide pact for the fourth head of the ritual. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Wōden - A God based on Joseph Goebbels, who appears to have vast mechanical and technological powers, only to be revealed to be a sham God and a fraud, likely by draining Mimir, whose head he kept in a box. Both Mimir and Wōden are killed by Ananke. Circumstances repeated by David and Jon Blake in the next occurrence.
- Persephone - A Goddess based on Josephine Baker. Her head was removed by Ananke in 1922, a year before the events on Lucifer's island. Head present as the first sacrifice for the ritual.
The 1800s Occurrence:
This Occurrence ended on the 19th of March 1831.
- Hades - A God based on John Keats. Ravaged by illness, he is killed by Ananke with his body then taken by Lucifer and The Morrígan to attempt a resurrection. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Hestia - A Goddess possibly based on Jane Austen. Consumed by a pride of suitors at a ball. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Inanna - A Goddess based on Mary Shelley's step-sister Claire Clairmont. In return for Godhood, she kills Wōden's children. The last survivor of this occurrence, her head was removed by Ananke at the conclusion of the Recurrence to complete the Ritual. According to the 1831 creature, Inanna was a plagiarist whom used stolen power. Reincarnated next in the 2010s Recurrence.
- Lucifer - A God based on the poet Lord Byron, who does not want to accept his fate. Killed by a creature of his own making while attempting to resurrect Hades. Next reincarnated in the 1920s occurrence.
- Morpheus - A God possibly based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Died explaining a vision. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- The Morrígan - A God based on the poet Percy Shelley, who feels isolated from his cold wife, Woden. Killed by a creature of his own making while attempting to resurrect Hades. Next reincarnated in the 1920s Occurrence.
- Perun - A God possibly based on Alexander Pushkin. Dies in Petersburg. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Thoth - A God possibly based on Edgar Allan Poe. Killed by an ape stealing his heart. Not reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Wōden - A Goddess based on the author Mary Shelley, made bitter by the death of her three children. To save Inanna, she merges with the creature created by Lucifer and The Morrígan. Name next used in the 1920s occurrence. Thus far, this is the only Recurrence of Woden that has not included a link to Mimir. Killed by Baal as a mercy in 2015.
- Unknown God who went by 'The Angel of Soho', Urizen, Enitharmon, and Orc. These are all characters from William Blake's mythology.
- Unknown Goddesses described as 'The Three Lonely Sisters of the Parsonage', possibly the Brontë sisters.
- 1 Unknown God/Goddess deceased by the end of the Occurrence. Likely a Minerva who murders Ananke and takes her persona. Lived until the 1923 Cycle, which would have made her 92 at the time of her death.
- Persephone - Head removed by Ananke in Paris, France in 1830.
The 1700s Occurrence
- 11 unknown gods and goddess dead by the end of the cycle.
- Minerva - the Ananke of the 1830s cycle.
- Persephone - killed in 1738 by Ananke in North America. Attempted to attack Ananke while her head was being removed from her body.
The 1300s Occurrence
This Occurrence took place in France, a few decades after the plague known as The Black Death. Ended on the 2nd of March 1373.
- 10 unknown gods and goddesses dead by the end of the cycle.
- Lucifer -a nun whom maintained control after exceeding her 2 years. Kills Ananke whom admitted to creating the plague; when Lucifer finally allows godhood to consume her. Next known reincarnation in the 1830s Occurrence.
- Minerva - a girl with skin deformities. Recruited people for Ananke to transform into gods. Watches Lucifer and Ananke burn, then leaves with a sack of heads.
- Persephone - head removed by Ananke in 1371.
The 455 Occurrence
This Occurrence occurs during the second Sack of Rome in 455 AD. Ended on the 16th of August 455 AD.
- Baal - A Carthaginian whom Geiseric mentions seeing perform and who was later killed. Next known reincarnation in the 1920s Occurrence.
- Dionysus/Bacchus - A lover of Lucifer who relates more to the Roman God Bacchus than Dionysus. Lucifer wishes he was with him at the end of his life. Next known reincarnation in the 1920s Occurrence.
- Inanna - Married Attila the Hun and killed him during sex, stopping his rise. Next known reincarnation in the 1830s Occurrence.
- Lucifer - A lower actor made God, he calls himself Julius Caesar when he rejects his Godhood. The last survivor of this Occurrence, killed by unknown causes. The next known reincarnation is the 1370s Occurrence.
- Mithras - According to Ananke, died by feeding his flesh to a legion. Not known to have reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Minerva - According to Ananke, lost in an attempt at finding the Alexandrian Library. Would have actually survived due to the fact that each Minerva kills the previous Ananke and takes on Ananke's memories and persona. Next known reincarnation in the 1370s Occurrence.
- Morai - According to Ananke, their fate was predetermined. Not known to have reincarnated since this Occurrence.
- Persephone - head removed in Germania by Ananke during 454 AD, a year before Lucifer dies.
- 5 unknown Gods/Goddesses deceased by the end of the Occurrence.
List of All Recurrences
This is a list of all Recurrences and the time and place they occurred. Unless otherwise stated the Persephone ends each cycle with her head being removed. The only two Persephones to actually kill Ananke were the 2483 BC incarnation (where she used the vines to destroy Ananke's head) and the 820 AD incarnation (where Persephone cut Ananke in half and ran away).
4000 BC - The first successful Occurrence, of which Ananke corrupts and makes the rules with her Sister thus creating the first Minerva.
3862 BC - Recurrence took place in the Upper Nile Valley.
3770 BC - Recurrence took place in Mesopotamia.
3678 BC - Recurrence took place in the Indus Valley.
3586 BC - Recurrence took place along the Yellow River.
3495 BC - Recurrence took place in Ururk in Sumer. Persephone fought back against Ananke during this Recurrence, injuring her shoulder, but had part of her head removed in the attempt.
3403 BC - Recurrence took place in the Fortaleza Valley in Peru.
3311 BC - Recurrence took place in Westen Europe.
3219 BC - Second Recurrence to take place in the Indus Valley.
3128 BC - Recurrence took place in Egypt. This Minerva could only gather three heads and was swallowed by the Ritual until the next Recurrence.
3036 BC - Recurrence took place in Crete. No Ananke in the cycle. Persephone killed by Minerva.
2942 BC - Recurrence took place in Japan.
2849 BC - Recurrence took place in Northern China.
2757 BC - Second Recurrence to take place in Egypt.
2666 BC - Second Recurrence to take place in Northern China.
2574 BC - Third Recurrence to take place in Egypt. Persephone fought back, implaling Ananke with her vines.
2483 BC - Recurrence took place on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean. Persephone obliterated Ananke's head.
2391 BC - Recurrence took place in Harappa in the area known as Pakistan today.
2299 BC - Recurrence took place around the city of Akkad.
2207 BC - Recurrence took place in the British Isles.
2115 BC - Recurrence took place in Canaan.
2024 BC - Third Recurrence to take place in Northern China.
1932 BC - Recurrent takes place in Australasia.
1840 BC - Fourth Recurrence to take place in Egypt.
1748 BC - Recurrence took place in Babylon. Persephone's head is removed at the same time she kills Ananke with her vines.
1657 BC - Recurrence took place in North America.
1565 BC - Third Recurrence in Northern China.
1473 BC - Recurrence took place in Northern Indus Valley region.
1381 BC - Recurrence took place in Central America.
1289 BC - Fifth Recurrence to take place in Egypt, during the reign of Ramses the II. Persephone fought back against Ananke. Set is also known to have appeared during this Recurrence.
1197 BC - Recurrence took place around Hattusa during the Hittite Empire. This Persephone also fought back against Ananke.
1106 BC - Recurrence took place in Greece.
1014 BC - Recurrence took place in Central China. Persephone attempted to fight, but had part of her head removed.
922 BC - Recurrence took place in Assyria.
830 BC - Recurrence took place in Carthage.
739 BC - Fourth Recurrence to take place in Northern China.
647 BC - Recurrence took place in Persia. Persephone attempted to fight before removal of her head.
555 BC - Recurrence took place in India.
463 BC - Second recurrence to take place in Greece, in Athens.
372 BC - Recurrence takes place in Macedonia.
280 BC - Second recurrence to take place in India. Persephone appears to escape under ground.
188 BC - Recurrence takes places in Eastern China.
96 BC - Recurrence takes place in Etruria.
4 BC - Recurrence takes place in Judea. Lucifer and Set also participate.
88 AD - Recurrence takes place in Teotihuacan.
181 AD - Recurrence takes place in South East Asia.
271 AD - 2nd Recurrence to take place in Eastern China.
364 AD - Recurrence takes place in Eastern Europe.
453 - Projected date for the beginning of the 450s Recurrence, which takes place in Ancient Rome.
454 - Persephone is killed by Ananke in Germania.
2 August 455 - Lucifer, the last surviving god, takes over Rome.
16 August 455 - Lucifer dies.
546 AD - Recurrence takes place in Tikal.
637 AD - Recurrence takes place in Iraq.
729 AD - Recurrence takes place in Constantinople.
820 AD - Recurrence takes place in Francia. Persephone cuts Ananke in half before escaping.
912 AD - Sixth Recurrence to takes place in Egypt. Persephone killed by Minerva.
1003 AD - 2nd Recurrence to occur in Japan.
1095 AD - Recurrence takes place in Syria.
1187 AD - Recurrence takes place in Jerusalem.
1279 AD - Fifth recurrence to take place in Northern China.
1463 AD - Recurrence takes place in West Africa.
1554 AD - Recurrence takes place in Cusco.
1646 AD - 3rd Recurrence to occur in Japan.
1738 AD - 2nd Recurrence to occur in North America
It is shown that Persephone has appeared in each Recurrence since 3682 BC, where she was incarnated by Ananke. Ananke encourages her to sing, and as she does Ananke takes her head off. Since that time, 69 Recurrences have happened. The most Recurrences have happened in Egypt (with six recurrences happening over time, the latest in 912 AD).
The Wicked + the Divine was the winner of Best Comic at the 2014 British Comic Awards. The series has also been nominated for the 2015 Eisner Awards in three categories: Best New Series, Best Cover Artist, and Best Coloring. In 2018, it was nominated for the Eisner Awards in the Best Continuing Series category.
The first seven volumes have been collected as trade paperbacks (TPB) and "Deluxe Edition" hardcovers (HC) collect the first six:
|#||Title||Release date||Collected issues||TPB ISBN|
|1||Vol 1: The Faust Act||November 12, 2014||The Wicked + The Divine #1-5||ISBN 978-1-63215-019-6|
|2||Vol 2: Fandemonium||July 1, 2015||The Wicked + The Divine #6-11||ISBN 978-1-63215-327-2|
|3||Vol 3: Commercial Suicide||February 3, 2016||The Wicked + The Divine #12-17||ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0|
|4||Vol 4: Rising Action||October 5, 2016||The Wicked + The Divine #18-22||ISBN 978-1-63215-913-7|
|5||Vol 5: Imperial Phase (Part 1)||June 7, 2017||The Wicked + The Divine #23-28||ISBN 978-1-53430-185-6|
|6||Vol 6: Imperial Phase (Part 2)||January 10, 2018||The Wicked + The Divine #29-33||ISBN 978-1-53430-473-4|
|7||Vol 7: Mothering Invention||October 9, 2018||The Wicked + The Divine #34-39||ISBN 978-1-53430-840-4|
|8||Vol 8: Old is the New New||March 12, 2019||The Wicked + The Divine 455 A.D., 1373, 1831, 1923, Christmas Annual & The Funnies||ISBN 978-1-53430-880-0|
|#||Title||Release date||Collected issues||TPB ISBN|
|1||The Wicked + The Divine Book One HC||April 6, 2016||The Wicked + The Divine #1-11||ISBN 978-1-63215-728-7|
|2||The Wicked + The Divine Book Two HC||July 12, 2017||The Wicked + The Divine #12-22||ISBN 978-1-53430-220-4|
|3||The Wicked + The Divine Book Three HC||December 11, 2018||The Wicked + The Divine #23-33||ISBN 978-1-53430-857-2|
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