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DIEing Thoughts: Impressions of Issue #1

The first issue of DIE, the Image series that looks set to define where Kieron Gillen goes next after WicDiv, lands this Wednesday. Tim + Alex have read a review copy of the first issue, so we decided to talk it over and share the highlights with y’all.

We tried to ensure the discussion is pretty much spoiler-free. But obviously, if you want to go into the first issue knowing nothing, maybe bookmark this and come back on Wednesday.

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #39: Leaving Legacies + Recognising Games

Once more, for the final time this arc, we return with two essays on the latest issue of The Wicked + The Divine. This time, Alex considers the ways that the Pantheon have sought to remain immortal, both literally and figuratively, and Tim examines how a rule system can be a cage, and how Persephone’s story has constantly sought to escape.

Spoilers all the way up to issue #39 (and implied for the 1373AD Special) after the cut.

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #38: Robbing Graves + Rants ‘n’ Raves

Once more we return, with the now-regular format of two monthly essays focusing on the most recent issue of The Wicked + The Divine. This time out, Alex hits the books for a deep dive into WicDiv’s ties to The White Goddess, and Tim examines the two big monologues which dominate the issue.

Spoilers all the way up to issue #38 after the cut.

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eBook: Tim + Alex Get TWATD 1923

After launching the 6,000 Years of Murder ebook last month, we had an overwhelming response, with loads of new people signing up to the Tim+Alex Patreon and pushing us past our stretch goal to produce ebooks on a monthly basis.

…And lo, our July ebook is here!

We’ve collected together all Alex’s guides to The Wicked + The Divine‘s 1920s Pantheon and their real-life counterparts, along with a brand-new essay on Persephone’s inspiration by Tim.

It’s all wrapped up in a handsome package that is one big homage to Sergio Serrano’s superlative design in the 1923 Special.

The eBook is available to all Patreon subscribers – meaning all you need to pledge to access it is $1 a month, which will let you download both our ebooks so far, and all future ones.

Download the TWATD 1923 ebook here.

Tim + Alex Get TWATD #37: Love Is Dead + Refined Palettes

Once more we return, with the now-regular format of two monthly essays focusing on the most recent issue of The Wicked + The Divine. This time out, Alex casts an eye over the series’ approach to love, romance and relationships, while Tim examines how Matt Wilson’s superb colours help enhance the pace and tone of the the latest issue.

Spoilers all the way up to issue #37 after the cut.

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eBook: The Complete 6,000 Years of Murder

After The Wicked + The Divine #36 gave us a teasing glimpse at every Pantheon from the first through to today, Tim did the only sensible thing, and wrote a comprehensive history of human civilisation.

We’ve collected the results into a handsome 72-page PDF ebook (or a Kindle-friendly AZW3 edition), to be enjoyed on your PC, tablet or electronic reading device of choice.

The eBook is available to all our Patreon subscribers – meaning all you need to pledge to access it is $1 a month. If you’re already a patron, then enjoy!

Download The Complete 6,000 Years of Murder here.

Tim + Alex Get TWATD #36: TiK ToK + Die Young

Once more we return, with the now-regular format of two monthly essays focusing on the most recent issue of The Wicked + The Divine. This time out, Tim looks at how Baal’s decisions play into the central themes of the series, and Alex explores how this arc and others have manipulated the passage of time for dramatic and emotional impact.

Spoilers all the way up to issue #36 below the cut.

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #35: Stuck on Repeat + Deities in Disguise

Once more we return, with the now-regular format of two monthly essays focusing on the most recent issue of The Wicked + The Divine. This time out, Alex takes a close look at the issue’s return to a familiar scene, and Tim delves into the latest revelations about Baal, and how they play into the series’ themes of identity, divinity and performance.

Spoilers right up to issue #35 below the cut.

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #34: Lost Connections + Unresponsive Narrators

Once more, we return. Once more, we have changed formats. It’s for a good reason, though – we managed to hit the first stretch goal on our brand new Patreon, which means Tim + Alex will be writing one essay each, every time a new issue of WicDiv drops. With a bit of luck, this will remain our format for the rest of the series – but you know what we’re like.

(Warning: Below the cut are lots and lots of spoilers for everything up to issue #34. Also, much wankery.)

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD: Putting on a Show

Here’s an incredibly obvious statement: The Wicked + The Divine is a comic about performance. Like, yeah, dude, do you remember the very first double-page spread? It’s like page 10 of issue #1.

‘Performance’ is always the word WicDiv chooses for the gods doing their artistic thing. Not show, or concert, or act. Most likely, that’s to help separate it from music – especially important when dealing with past pantheons, with their writer gods, cinema gods, theatre gods and so on – but I think it’s a telling choice.

Look at what Ananke – who is presumably the arbiter of this vocabulary – has to say about performance, in issue #9:She means that it’s easier to decapitate a god when they’re performing, but it makes sense because of the truth in the underlying metaphor. Art is a way of bearing your soul to people, and doing that live, with people in the room, who probably paid to be there? Well, I’m just thankful I’m a writer.

This isn’t the only kind of performance in WicDiv, though. There’s also a kind that has the opposite effect: performed identity.

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