Kieron Gillen
Gillen at the 2011 New York Comic Con
BornKieron Michael Gillen[1]
(1975-09-30) 30 September 1975 (age 47)
Notable works
Uncanny X-Men
Young Avengers
The Wicked + The Divine
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra
AwardsInkpot Award (2016)[2]

Kieron Michael Gillen (/ˈɡɪlən/; born 30 September 1975)[3] is a British comic book writer and former video game and music journalist. In comics, Gillen is known for Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both co-created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image, as well as numerous projects for Marvel, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Young Avengers and Eternals. In video game journalism, he is notable for creating the New Games Journalism manifesto.[4]



As a reviewer, Gillen has written for publications such as Amiga Power (under the pseudonym "C-Monster"), PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Game Developer, Develop, MCV/Develop, GamesMaster, Eurogamer and PC Format, as well as the PC gaming-oriented website Rock Paper Shotgun, which he co-founded in 2007. In 2000, Gillen became the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist.[5] Gillen is a fan of the work of the video game developer Warren Spector, having written positive pieces on several Spector's games, most notably Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows, both produced by Ion Storm.

In addition to his work as a reviewer, Gilen has acted as a guest speaker at numerous video game industry conferences.[6][7]

In a September 2010 post at Rock Paper Shotgun, Gillen announced he was leaving full-time video game journalism to devote his time to comic book writing.[8]


Gillen's earliest work in comics was published in various British small-press anthologies and Warhammer Monthly. Between 2003 and 2007, Gillen collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for PlayStation Official Magazine – UK, entitled "Save Point", following up with the pop music-themed urban fantasy series Phonogram, which was described by Gillen as his "first real comic".[9] Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed the series "one of the few truly essential comics of 2006."[10] The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with the first series running for six issues. The sequel, a series of one-shots subtitled The Singles Club, launched in December 2008.[11] Between 2014 and 2019, Gillen and McKelvie collaborated on The Wicked + The Divine,[12] an Image series that has won Gillen multiple awards, including nominations for the Eisner Award for best new series,[13] and for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.[14] Gillen's other creator-owned work includes Three, a mini-series about the helots of Sparta,[15][16] and The Ludocrats, initially announced in 2015 as a collaboration between writers Gillen and Jim Rossignol and artist David Lafuente.[17] The series was eventually published in 2020 with art by Jeff Stokely.[18]

On 14 April 2008, it was announced Gillen would collaborate with the artist Greg Scott to expand on Warren Ellis' newuniversal series with "a story about killing the future" set in 1959.[19] That year, Gillen also wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic.[20] [21] Further Marvel assignments included a Dazzler short story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot, which was followed by a three-issue mini-series.[22] Gillen's workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon, it was announced he would be writing a tie-in to the "Dark Reign" storyline, the mini-series Dark Avengers: Ares,[23] and, during the 2009 Chicago Comic Con, it was announced that he will collaborate with Steven Sanders on S.W.O.R.D, an X-Men spin-off series.[24][25] Gillen took over Thor following a run by J. Michael Straczynski, writing issues #604[26] to 614.[27] In late 2010, Gillen launched another X-Men spin-off Generation Hope that picked up plot threads from the end of the "Second Coming" storyline.[28][29][30][31][32] Gillen wrote the title for twelve issues before passing it to James Asmus.[33] After co-scripting a few issues of Uncanny X-Men with outgoing writer Matt Fraction, Gillen took over the series with issue #534.1.[34] His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 "Fear Itself" storyline, a renumbering to #1 in the wake of the "Schism" storyline, and a tie-in with the "Avengers vs. X-Men" storyline. After finishing his run with issue #20, Gillen penned a five-issue epilogue miniseries AvX: Consequences that dealt with the aftermath of that event.[35] In 2011, Gillen returned to Marvel's Asgard with a run on Journey into Mystery (the original name of the Thor series, continuing its original numbering), starting with issue #622 and finishing with #645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Gillen wrote two books: Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction) with art by his frequent Uncanny X-Men collaborator Greg Land, and Young Avengers with Jamie McKelvie.[35][36]

In June 2020, Marvel announced that Gillen would write Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar, the first series in a line of Warhammer comics published by the company.[37] In 2021, Gillen began writing the Eternals ongoing series, illustrated by Esad Ribić.[38]

Awards and accolades

Gillen was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Staffordshire University in 2019 for his work both as a journalist and a comic book writer.[39]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Eagle Award Favourite Newcomer Writer Nominated [40]
2014 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comic Book Young Avengers Won [41]
2016 GLAAD Media Awards The Wicked + The Divine Nominated [42]
2019 GLAAD Media Awards Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Nominated [43]
2020 GLAAD Media Awards The Wicked + The Divine Nominated [44]
British Fantasy Award Best Comic / Graphic Novel Die Won [45]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 9: "Okay" Nominated [46]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Die, Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker Nominated [46]
2021 British Fantasy Award Best Comic / Graphic Novel Die, Volume 2: Split the Party Won [47]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Die, Volume 2: Split the Party Nominated [48]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Once & Future, Volume 1: The King is Undead Nominated [48]
2022 British Fantasy Award Best Comic / Graphic Novel Die, Volume 4: Bleed Nominated [49]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Die, Volume 4: Bleed Pending [50]
Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Once & Future, Volume 3: The Parliament of Magpies Pending [50]
2023 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comic Book Immortal X-Men Pending [51]


Early work

Image Comics

Marvel Comics

Avatar Press

Other publishers


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Preceded byJ. Michael Straczynski Thor writer 2010 Succeeded byMatt Fraction Preceded byMarv Wolfman Journey into Mystery writer 2011–2012 Succeeded byKathryn Immonen Preceded byMatt Fraction Uncanny X-Men writer 2011–2012 Succeeded byBrian Michael Bendis Preceded byMatt Fraction(The Invincible Iron Man) Iron Man writer 2013–2014 Succeeded byTom Taylor(Superior Iron Man) Preceded byJason Aaron Star Wars writer 2018–2019 Succeeded byGreg Pak