May 22, 2014 2:35pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Scott Pilgrim' Creator Covers Image's 'The Wicked + The Divine'
Image Comics’ The Wicked + The Divine launches next month, a new series from the fan-favorite Young Avengers creative team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. If that’s not enough to get your attention on its own, the publisher Thursday revealed an alternate cover for the series’ first issue by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley.
The new series, which centers around reincarnated deities being worshipped as pop stars in contemporary Britain, has received almost unanimous praise from comic creators and critics alike ahead of its release; Sex Criminals writer Matt Fraction called it “better than Watchmen,” while Sin Titulo creator Cameron Stewart called it “a gorgeous book by a comics superteam.”
O’Malley’s cover for the series’ first issue follows his variant cover for the first issue of Gillen and McKelvie’s previous collaboration, Marvel’s Young Avengers, and can be pre-ordered at comic retailers using the code FEB148314. Regular editions of the issue will feature one of two covers drawn by McKelvie with colors by Matt Wilson.
The Wicked + The Divine will be released digitally and in comic stores on June 18. O’Malley’s follow-up to the Scott Pilgrim series, Seconds, is set for release later this year.