Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Rachel Stott, Aud Koch, Andre Lima Araujo, Jen Bartel, Chynna Clugston Flores, Stephanie Hans, Carla Speed McNeil, Tamra Bonvillain, Matt Wilson, Ryan Kelly, Kris Anka, and Emma Vieceli
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: March 6th, 2019
Issues: The Wicked + the Divine Specials (six in total)
The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old Is the New New is a bit different from the rest of the series. It’s all of the one-shot or special edition issues of the series. On the bright side, that means that us fans no longer have to stress about hunting all of them down.
As such, this collection has a little bit of everything. These are the stories of previous godly encounters, with only one character appearing each and every time. Fans of the series know exactly who I’m talking about here.
While it is a little bit all over the place, this volume provides some powerful and important insight into events of the past. And as such, there’s a hefty dose of foreshadowing in this volume. Reading them all together like this is sure to make fans anxious to read the next volume of the series – which happens to be the last.
The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old Is the New New was an interesting read. As I already mentioned, it wasn’t anything like the past volume of the series. It was essentially a collection of shorts, which isn’t something you see every day in the comic book world.
But it suited this series perfectly. Each incarnation of these powers seems to have gone differently, and thus there’s basically an endless fountain of plot for Kieron Gillen to pull from. I don’t know about everybody else – but I will gladly take any insight to the past at this point.
That being said, if short stories aren’t your thing, you can probably get away with skipping this volume. You might lose some foreshadowing and hinting, but it won’t be the end of the world. At least, I hope not!
Personally, I’m glad I didn’t skip the volume. I loved seeing all of these variations on characters and powers. And I enjoyed seeing all of their attempts to survive, even if they ended bloody more often than not.
The artwork for this volume was stellar, of course. I especially want to credit the work that Jamie McKelvie and Mat Willson did for the series. They’ve created such an iconic look to the series. It’s no wonder it has become so popular.
Honestly? I think some of the covers from this set are my favorite from the entire series. Which is saying something, don’t you think? I can’t say enough good things about the striking portrait designs for each and every one of these covers. They’re arresting.
The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old Is the New New was an intense read at times, but the shorter nature of the stories allowed for more breathing room than the main plot itself. I’m glad I took the time to read this volume. Though it made me extremely anxious to get my hands on the ninth and final volume of the series.