“Recently, comic-book creators Phonogram published a new series called The Wicked + The Divine. It took Phonogram’s premise – that music is life-changing magic – one step further: in this world, pop stars are gods, chosen from among our mortal number but invested with a mesmerising divine power. The catch? Once deified, they only have two years to live. All of the gods of The Wicked + The Divine resemble real artists: Bowie, Prince, Rihanna. Sun goddess Amaterasu, especially, looks flagrantly familiar. Flame hair, bright facepaint, full white skirts and sleeves a-whirl… “Oh my god, what is this… OH MY GOOOOD!” Florence Welch whisper-screams when I show her the pages at her kitchen table. I tell her about the two-years-to-live bit. “That makes a lot of sense,” she says, touching the pages softly as she stares.”
— When the NME showed Florence Welch a copy of WicDiv. Rest of the article here.