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The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention

(The Wicked + The Divine #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,420 ratings  ·  183 reviews
In the past: awful stuff. In the present: awful stuff. But, increasingly, answers.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34-39
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Image Comics
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Oh my god, it feels like it's been 84 years since I actually enjoyed a volume of this series because it's also been 84 years since I had literally any idea at all what the fuck was going on. This volume definitely shines a lot more light on everything that has been happening, and even though it does it in a way that raises about a hundred more questions it's still great to feel like we're actually making some significant progress plot-wise.

Also, most relatable moment:

Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know if the series is actually getting better again or if I'm just excited that WicDiv is ending in just one more volume, but I thought Mothering Invention was pretty good, probably the best arc since volume 3 of the series. Gillen delves back into ancient history with his divine mythos, which leads to us finally getting answers to some of the most important questions of the entire series. Of course, it could still all go horribly wrong in the end, but I have hope — Gillen is a smart and ...more
This book went into the past and told some of the story. That saved it from being a 2 star story from me. I like how they went frame by frame each 95 years from like 4000 BC onward. It is a history. There is a story playing here with Ananke. We learn quite a bit.

Am I tired of this story? Yes, it should have ended the last book. This story is so long in the tooth now and it still didn't end. I'm tired of it. There was a decent twist at the end that I did not see coming, but it wasn't enough to e
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm still confused! But, at least, I'm getting all the answers I need!
As the whole series is coming to an end (I believe there's going to be one more volume?), the things are getting clearer, but there is still enough mystery and confusion left. If you, like me, read each volume as it comes out without rereading the previous ones, I highly recommend this Wikipedia article that summarizes all the previous issues. Maybe because we are finally getting some answers in The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 7, or maybe the short recaps of all the previous issues made me connect ...more
Lilith Knight
This series is coming to an end and I'm not sure if I'm mentally prepared.

Mothering Invention was a long, emotionally draining mindfuck of a volume. Probably my fave, too.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I think the magic is finally fading from this series. Whole repetitive panels, and blackened out panels...yeah no thank you. I understand the point they were trying to make, but they could have written that explanation out instead of that approach. I can only imagine the people who purchased single issues of this series not being too happy when they opened up their books to that bullshit.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now it all depends on what the author will do in the last volume(s?). Either it will be really good or a complete waste of time.

Victoria ♡
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
I really love this series, I do, but having to wait months between issues is making it kind of I had to go back and read the whole thing again!

The artwork in this series is so beautiful and the plot is very complex and keeps getting more intriguing!

I'll learn my lesson next time and wait till all the issues are out before reading them all...
Janine Roos
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into these, but now I can't wait for the next installment to come out. I still get lost in the plot, but the artwork is PHENOM.
Emily Bird
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This helped answer a lot of questions, but does it really need to be this difficult.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
Why do I keep doing this to myself?

The last volume left me feeling unsatisfied, confused, and just disappointed. But once again, I saw the new volume had come out and I immediately went for it. The great thing about this volume is knowing there's only one volume left until this story finally wraps up. In a lot of ways, this volume felt like the opposite of the previous one. Instead of everyone dying, everyone is coming back to life. Instead of Persephone sleeping around and self loathing on ever
Alex Sarll
While there are lots of little ways in which I've never wholly bought into the conceit behind this series, the character interactions at its heart have been consistently brilliant. But this far down the line, the cast has been winnowed down in all manner of horrible ways, and here we pull out into a series of studies in isolation, darkness and millennia-long spite. It has at times been hard going, all the more so for the delays between issues, but it's still very obviously the work of a creative ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
note about this review: I drop the f bomb more than normal. If you're reading WicDiv, I assume you're okay with it. But if you have sensitive ears, here's your warning.

It isn’t often that you find a panel in a comic book that expresses EXACTLY how you feel about said comic book. But that happened in WicDiv, and I am not shocked at all. Well, here it is:

Thank you, Woden. I said this lovely word several times during this arc. All deserved.

Because, motherfucker, the reveals in this arc are HUGE qu
Carey Gibbons
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. I am so freaking confused right now. I feel like there were some pretty major revelations here but I don't know what they mean. Sometimes, comics need to be spelled out for me and this is one of those times. I'm hoping that it will all make sense in the end. The art though (as always) is beautiful.
The Bookish Austin
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
There are more layers developing than I was expecting....I just want to have more answers. ha.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
We're getting close to the end now!
Cristina Tempest
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I can't even. How can this be so good AFTER ALL THIS TIME. Why do I have to wait for more. How could I live without this all my life.

I need answers.
Dini Kamayana
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, we’re getting answers and things are getting complicated. I’m still confused, especially since everyone is basically turning bad and I have no idea if anyone is “good” anymore. The “origins” of the Gods, shown through the eyes of Ananke(?) gave some explanation about what’s been going on and while it was interesting and painted a bit of a clearer picture for the readers, I’m still kind of confused as to if the person identified as the wicked dead, is actually the person who’s trying to save ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series always makes my head spin in the best way. Plus, a really fascinating process section in the back matter of this one.
Allison Wysong
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Boy howdy am I addicted to this series. I love the historical parts in this because I am always into backstory and the travel through history and the mystery, just delicious. I can't wait to see how the series begins to wrap things up. Persephone/Laura continues to be one of my favorite characters and the struggles she's facing are ones I want to see her overcome, want to see how she comes out the other side.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I think that my interest in this series is dwindling. Maybe I'll reread the first volumes again when the last two are out.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been noticing this series is like a roller coaster with my star ratings. One volume would be meh and the next wold be good again. This one was actually good. FINALLY, the story is starting to make sense. It's been a really slow story, but it's building up nicely...I hope. I think there are two more volumes and it's over. Next on is the collection of the one-shots that I'm happy is being made into one volume and I believe it's all ending at volume 9 or 10, I'm not sure.

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Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, comic-volumes
With this series slowly coming to its conclusion, the story and character are ramping up for the end. I just hope that the finale is as amazing as I know what this series can deliver. Because if the last three volumes are any indication of what's to come, I'm going to be disappointed with how this series turned out. Fingers crossed.
I can feel the end coming soon...
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thought WicDiv couldn't get any better. Kieron Gillen and the rest of the WicDiv team keep insisting on proving me wrong. We're starting to get more hints at the deeper mystery here and while I wouldn't say I've solved everything, it's fun trying to guess the next twist that's coming in the plot. Once again, they've outdone themselves with clever framing. Never thought a series of black pages would feel so desolate. I loved the passage of time with all the different meetings across the centuri ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of the better volumes of The Wicked + The Divine as it finally begins bringing forth the answers and making sense of this wonderful mess of a comic. Things are falling into place and the cycle is starting to be better possible to be understood. Things that seemed ham-fisted earlier and now making sense, characters are making very different choices, and the entirety of the comic seems to be ramping up to a large finale.

Why the deaths? Was Lucifer guilty? What is Baal hiding, and why
João Calafate

Read the issues individually. As always, this comic was beautiful and interesting, and I loved the characters. The originality and full-on mindfuckery is like nothing I've ever read. The only problem is, I didn't understand most of it. Very excited for the final volume though.
René Herrera
No estoy seguro de que está pasando en 80% del tiempo, pero seguiré leyendo jajaja.
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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