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‘The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide’ Shines in Fragments

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TheWicDiv_03-1The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Art By: Kate Brown
Art By: Tula Lotay
Art By: Stephanie Hans
Art By: Leila Del Duca
Art By: Matt Wilson
Art By: Mat Lopes
Art By: Brandon Graham
Art By: Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie

Published: February 3, 2016 by Image Comics

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3: Commerical Suicide develops many of the still mysterious pantheon members, presents a subset of the responses to the deaths of the first two volumes, and progresses the story toward Ananke’s predicted war between the sky gods and the gods of the underworlds. Each issue focuses on a different pantheon member and is illustrated by a different guest artist, brilliantly highlighting the different personalities and music genres of each focus god. Together the volume delves into the dark side of fame and power as the pantheon tries to keep from falling apart.

The end of volume two left the narrative in lurch. Reader analog Laura was deified and then murdered. Who would be the new guide through the coming issues? The reader is left a bit lost heading into Commercial Suicide, a parallel to the pantheon gods still reeling from Inanna’s death. Baal is the first to escalate the situation, but not the last, trading an exclusive interview for the opportunity to capture the Morrigan and use her to find Baphomet, upon whom he intends to inflict a violent retribution. His act, however, splinters the group. Meanwhile, others deal with internal conflict. Woden questions his allegiance to Ananke and acts to block her next murderous move while also attempting to keep loose canons like Baal and Sakhmet from publicly committing commercial suicide.

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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