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Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming (The Above) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 19, 2012
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Lucian, by Van Plexico is the story of a God of a heretofore unknown pantheon who have seemingly hidden from mortals since the dawn of time. The quibble and bicker amongst themselves and at times go to outright war with each other.
In this pantheon, ‘Lucian’ is the devil of sorts, though it’s not really made clear why he is, just that it’s his role. In fact other races called him the ‘Liberator’ for his habit of raising an army and overthrowing tyrants on various worlds. He is also known by many names among the mortals one is ‘Marcus’. It is the most recent nom de plume he has used.
These powerful Gods tend to stay in their own realms for the most part, though they do have a shining golden city that some number of them live in, ruled by the powerful Golden God of battle ‘Baranak’.
From the first we see of each character there is great enmity between Baranak and Lucian. It seems the latter had tried to overthrow the former a millennia ago and failed, so he is immediately suspect as a new twilight of the Gods is unfolding in this golden realm. Gods are dying. Over 70 have died so far and all evidence points to the ‘bad boy’ God, Lucian.
Thus begins an epic journey across many worlds and dimensions as Lucian and his three human companions whose faster than light space craft had somehow been captured by the Gods of the golden city, and the space explorers themselves were thrown into a dungeon alongside Lucian, begin an incredible undertaking to not only clear Lucian’s name, but to save human worlds as well as the heavenly.
Lucian- Dark God’s Homecoming is an epic novel chronicling the adventure of a God the worlds think is evil and his quest to clear his name.Read more ›
Gone are the broad strokes that are so familiar to fans of comics, with Lucian we get a more nuanced work.
When I heard the high concept, I was hooked. The premise is brilliant: the god of evil has been wrongly accused of murdering 92 lesser gods. He must go on the run and work to clear his name, but no one believes him... because he's the god of evil!
There are several things I really enjoyed about this book:
1) Plexico has developed a completely new pantheon of gods, similar to those found in Greek or Norse myth. Each with their own spheres of influence and personalities. And he nails the names. Names are so important, and so hard to get right.
2) this entire story is written strictly in first person from Lucian's POV. That has to be a tremendous challenge for any writer and it's the perfect choice for a story of a man on the run trying to solve a mystery. We only find things out as Lucian learns them, and that succeeds in keeping the tension taut throughout.
and finally 3) the ending. Plexico manages a deft and skillful conclusion with several twists down the home stretch.
If comic book novels don't sound appealing to you, realize this is Roger Zelazny, not Stan Lee.
Highly recommended. Then follow this up with Plexico's "Hawk"
If you mixed Jack Kirby's New Gods comic book series, added Jim Starlin's Metmorphosis/Dreadstar/Adam Warlock space opera storytelling style, and a pinch of cosmic Gamma radiation, blended thoroughly, this Lucian story would be the result.
The Plot? What if three quarters of the immortal gods had been mercilessly murdered, and the survivors were searching for the unknown killer? Naturally, they would immediately jump to the conclusion that the dark god of mischief, Lucian, was the culprit. The entire tale is told in the first person narrative, as Lucian personally takes the audience on a wild ride, traversing dozens of parallel dimensions, desperately trying to prove his innocence before the remaining deities capture and imprison him. Or worse. And discovering new things about himself as the journey progresses.
I give Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming five of five stars, as a unique, entertaining tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a huge fan of Van Allen Plexico's Sentinels series. Normally I don't go in for the more space opera-type stuff, so I was curious to see how this book would read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Percival Constantine
Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read, the story was so well written and original I was amazed. Also have now bought the sentinels series and it is also amazing! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Russell
Lucian, is a God & tells the story. He is totally focused on himself and his problems, which are lethal. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Amanda Guthrie
At times, somewhat reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Amber series, but truly a tale of its own. It is a ride from start to finish. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Richard Atkinson
I read Lucian: Dark Gods Homecoming from cover to cover. I started reading Saturday evening after dinner and finished the book at 3:00 am in the morning. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Michael Daniel
I just finished this, and I must say that Mr. Plexico did an excellent job! It
was a real page turner of a who-dunnit and I had difficulty putting it down. Read more