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Lucifer Book One Comics – June 4, 2013
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"A work of genius in the dark fantasy genre..."—Comics International
"Mike Carey's Lucifer is even more manipulative, charming and dangerous than I ever could have hoped."—Neil Gaiman
About the Author
Writer Mike Carey, best known for his work on Vertigo's Lucifer and Hellblazer, has made his mark in comics. Born in Liverpool, England, Carey worked as a teacher for fifteen years before gaining regular work writing for several independent companies. In 1999 he wrote the Sandman spinoff miniseries The Sandman Presents: Lucifer. This led to the Lucifer solo title which earned him a nomination for the 2001 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Best Writer. His additional Vertigo projects have included Faker, Crossing Midnight and The Unwritten. Beyond DC, Carey was also recognized for his work on Marvel's X-Men titles. He makes his home in London with his wife, Lin, and his children, Davey, Ben and Louise.
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Gaiman had also insisted that Lucifer resemble David Bowie - "the Devil was David Bowie…you must draw David Bowie. Find David Bowie, or I'll send you David Bowie. Because if it isn't David Bowie, you're going to have to redo it until it is David Bowie". So now you know what David Bowie is doing in the afterlife - and hell is once again much cooler than heaven for it.
However, Gaiman did not write the spinoff, but passed the torch to Mike Carey - who proved a worthy successor. Once again, Carey is a British comics writer who previously wrote for 2000 AD (my favorite of his work there is his series Thirteen) and proved adept at portraying infernal politics or power plays - other works along such lines include his Felix Castor series of novels as well as his work on Vampirella, after her origin had been revised to Hell and her mother to Lilith.
Carey's Lucifer commenced where it had ended in Sandman, with Lucifer running his piano bar Lux in Los Angeles. However, things soon become much more complicated when he acquires the door to his own universe (or multiverse), which places him in a power play and collision course with other powerful forces - the angelic host (although God is missing in action), his brother the archangel Michael, his niece and Michael's daughter Elaine Belloc, Japanese gods and Nordic deities, including the truly terrifying Fenris Wolf. And the events set in train involve a large cast of characters, including perhaps my favorite character (along with Elaine Belloc), Christopher Rudd - who rises from amongst the damned to become ruler of Hell through sheer noble badassery.
That is, apart from the main character of Lucifer himself, who remains the engaging focus of the series. His word is his bond and indeed he refuse to lie, contrary to his title as lord of lies - "When the Devil wants you to do something, he doesn't lie to you at all. He tells you the exact, literal truth. And he lets you find your own way to Hell".
RATING : IT'S A RAVE - 5 STARS*****
Having read the first collection (this, Book One) and watched every episode of the TV series, I can say that the respective Lucifers are definitely both very similar and very different - I'm aware that is something of a contradiction, just roll with it. The TV series is more of a buddy-cop, crime solving serial with a supernatural twist, while the graphic novel touches on concepts far more...metaphorical, theological, and metaphysical than could really be addressed on TV. Both are very good, for what they are, but - if one were to take Tom Ellis out of the equation - the hands down victor would be the graphic novel, by a wide margin.
Enjoy both for what they are!