The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 8: Old Is The New New
Kieron Gillen, writer; Jamie McKelvie, artist; Matthew Wilson, colorist; Clayton Cowles, letterer; Ryan Kelly, Aud Koch, Carla Speed McNeil, Emma Vieceli, Chynna Clugston Flores, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachel Stott, guest artists
Image Comics, 2019
The penultimate collection for the series, this fulfill's the creative team's promise to collect all of the Specials. The Specials were published during the series run, and were primarily historical, each exploring the end of one of the previous pantheons, with guest artists. The original single issues were aimed to juxtapose with then-current regular single issues, expanding the story with historical context. For this collection they are presented in chronological order (with a guide to reading them in their original single-issue order). The volume is rounded out with the Christmas annual (showing some cut scenes) and The Funnies (which is a wacky end-of-term party). The historical Specials mainly serve to illustrate Ananke's role throughout history. But they're all visually striking, with spectacular work from the guest artists. The 1923 episode is notable for presenting a visual record of the entire pantheon, as well as a blend of text and visual storytelling. Among the improbable Funnies is a Scooby-Doo episode, but it's far from the craziest ones. As usual the collection concludes with a gallery of variant covers and character sketches.