Kieron Gillen is one of the finest writers of graphic novels today. His major work-in-progress today is The Wicked and The Divine (mostly illustrated by the brilliant Jamie McKelvie). In it, every ninety years, twelve teenagers are reborn as gods to bring light into the world; two years later they will all be dead. They are part superheroes, part rock stars, but the cost is high. Themes of youth, music, fame and mortality link into something dark and caring.
Gillen’s other work includes:
- Star Wars comics Darth Vader (recently completed) and Doctor Aphra (ongoing), exploring two very different anti-heroes with black humour, insight, and the all-important psychotic protocol droid.
- Uber and its successor Uber Invasion (illustrated by Canaan White), a war story and alternate history where the Nazis discover superpowers shortly before the fall of Berlin. It takes a strange premise and then works out its horrifying consequences in detail.
- Phonogram (illustrated by Jamie McKelvie): stories about music subcultures, where people can do magic, but all the magic reflects who they really are. It’s about how people can love music more than life, and maybe that’s OK.
- Gillen has also worked in journalism, particularly on computer gaming, where he’s been an innovative, inclusive and forward-looking writer, particularly for Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
His work is humane, twisty, insightful, and always intelligent.
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