Gillen, McKelvie Call Out 'The Wicked & The Divine'

The Wicked and The Divine Teaser - P 2014
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New series from the critically-acclaimed "Young Avengers" creators will "push the boundaries" of what they're capable of.

No sooner have Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie wrapped up a run on Marvel's Young Avengers, which was beloved by both fans and critics -- their last issue was released yesterday -- than they're announcing a brand-new series to launch later this year from Image Comics, The Wicked & The Divine.

"We wanted to do something new," Gillen said of the series, which deals with the concept of gods being reincarnated in human bodies for two years at a time. "This has gone on forever. These people speak in tongues, they perform secretive miracles. They are loved, they are hated, they are brilliant. And in two years, they are dead."

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"I'm really excited for pushing the boundaries of what we've done so far," McKelvie told the Image Expo audience. "We pushed a lot of boundaries in Young Avengers, and that feels like just the start." Gillen and McKelvie will co-create the first and third arcs of the series, with McKelvie taking the second arc off to collaborate with Gillen on their long-awaited third volume of Phonogram.

"There are literally no limits to what we can do," Gillen said of the pair's collaborations with Image Comics. "That's kind of what being a creator is about."

The Wicked & The Divine launches this summer.