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Lucifer Book Two Paperback – October 15, 2013
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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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If you're a fan of the DC Vertigo publications and you like the mash-up of fantasy, mythology, and magic with everyday people and places, then you should give Lucifer a try. Some of the content is not for the faint of heart, but definitely worth the effort to read it.
I am happy to report that Mike Carey is too good of a writer for that.
Lucifer, and the various characters he gets to interact with, are prone to spouting awesome quips to stunning background art. But the real depth of the series lies in its side characters. Mike Carey learned from Neil Gaiman that in the face of an omnipotent protagonist, the only way to have the emotional beats that take comics to the next levels is to have a great supporting cast, and Carey delivers. I highly recommend this to any comics fan.
The stories in this volume jump around among many players, all of which are being moved into position for an elaborate game of chess that all comes together at the end. This can be challengin to follow, and occasionally frustrating as you leave a particularly interesting tale to jump elsewhere. But, the way it all comes together is very satisfying. The book opens with Mazikeen, who is desperate to restore her face. Desperate enough to go to the Children of Lilith, from who she is cast out. From there readers see Lucifer’s new Eden, jump to Elaine the daughter of Archangel Michael, and take a sojourn in hell itself. Each story is mostly self-contained, but with threads that tangle into other stories.
Lucifer’s primary antagonist throughout is not God, but the Basanos – a Tarot deck with consciousness, and a thirst to rule Lucifer’s new world. The resulting confrontation will change Lucifer, and force him to return to God’s realm to deal with the fallout.
Overall, thus volume is significantly darker in tone than the first book, with even more visceral violence and disturbing imagery. Lucifer is no hero, but is never less than interesting. What does he want? Does he even know? Recommended, but not for the squeamish!
The positives of this series: It is beautifully drawn and exquisitely imagined, with worlds upon worlds portrayed with careful detail and nuance. The characters are for the most part similarly cast -- this is a complex Lucifer, and among the other richly drawn characters are reluctant deity Elaine Belloc and ambitious Hell denizen Christopher Rudd. This series is not on a par with "Sandman," but little is. It will be enjoyed by many of those who loved the original.
The negatives: The story gets weighed down by its own mythology. Heaps of terminology are piled on, and every coming clash is portrayed as if it will be the apex moment of all creation... which of course it is not, because something needs to be left for the next issue. After a while, the incessant apocalypticism reads like the boy who cried wolf, and just gets tiresome.