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Lucifer VOL 01: Devil in the Gateway [Paperback]

Mike Carey
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June 1 2001 Lucifer (Vertigo) (Book 1)
Written by Mike Carey; Art by Scott Hampton, Chris Weston and James Hodgkins From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Lucifer Morningstar, the former Lord of Hell, is unexpectedly called back into action when he receives a mission from Heaven. Given free reign to use any means necessary, Lucifer is promised a prize of his own choosing if he fulfills this holy request. But once he completes his mission, the Prince of Darkness' demand shakes the foundation of Heaven and Hell. Now as his enemies unite to stop his reemergence, Lucifer gathers his forces as he prepares to launch his new revolution.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil you Don't Know June 13 2010
By J. Sun
I came into reading 'Devil in the Gateway' having already read the Sandman chronicles. I believe that while you don't need to have read 'A Season of Mists' (the graphic novel from the Sandman series where Lucifer makes his debut) it does make it easier to understand Lucifer's circumstances and therefore helps the beginning flow of this series.

The first of eleven Lucifer novels is a fantastic series opener. The three stories in this novel introduce several important characters that we'll be seeing a lot of over the course of the series. A tiny grievance I have with this novel is that a speech impediment with one of the characters makes her hard to understand. The writers seem to realize this and often use another character to help the reader understand. The story is a little on the slow side, but the events that occur set up the plot for the next five novels and leave you wanting to find out more.

Mike Carey's Lucifer is not the devil you know. Carey has undertaken the task of writing a character that readers will already have preconceived notions about. While not explicitly stating his backstory (read Season of Mists for that) or why he's now running a bar in L.A. it does a very good job of showing us what we should expect for the next ten books. As many would think, the Morningstar is both knowledgeable and powerful but, to the surprise of some, he doesn't come off as evil and is in fact, likeable. He's a bit arrogant, definitely unconventional and obviously not a guy you mess around with. Despite having vast amounts of power the character doesn't solve his problems a la Dues ex Machina or plow through his enemies, instead relying on his cunning and intellect.

The art in this novel is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me if I fawn April 13 2003
By A Customer
I thought it was great, just great.
Carey functions within Gaimen's world, yet he goes way beyond stale imitation. Weaving together eclectic mythological influences, he makes a series that is very much uniquely his own. This series contains many elements I don't think many authors could make work. How do you build up, ehem, sympathy for the Devil? With a main character of such incredible skill and power, how do you put him in suspenceful situations. Similarly, how do you get him out of those situations without it looking like a silly Deus Ex Machina?
I've only read this first trade paperback of the series. Sure, there a lot of open questions, but that's the way it should be. This is, on the whole, a darker series than Sandman, it's mostly about despair and imprisonment, whereas Sandman conveyed a fair bit of hope and freedom. But you have to consider the main character.
Overall, the only comic to make me want to stick with the Sandman Universe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad - But Not Gaiman... April 24 2002
In Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series, Lucifer Morningstar - the devil - was a fairly minor character. During the "Sandman" series Lucifer lost his wings, resigned from hell and went on to pursue other unknown activities. In "Devil in the Gateway" we finally learn what happened to him - that he started running a nightclub in LA. "Devil in the Gateway" contains three stories.
The first one tells us how Lucifer is being contracted - by none other than God almighty himself - to eliminate some ancient competition: terminate some
primordial gods. I think this was an interesting story, but it didn't have Neil Gaiman's "magic". It just didn't have "it".

The second story tells about Lucifer's encounter with an angel - an encounter which gives strange superpowers to a mortal. Again, this was an OK story, but I didn't find it to be particularly good.
The third - and the shortest - story tells about a young girl who has magical powers. Lucifer barely
appears in this story. Nevertheless this one was my favorite story - it was a definite improvement over the previous two.
All of these stories tie in together - but this pretty much happens in the next graphic novel. Overall, the stories were good, but felt unfocused, vague - and sometimes just plain cryptic. Even though this is Neil Gaiman's world, Mike Carey did not capture its spirit successfully. I was hesitating
whether to continue with the series, but (as I later found out) it is totally worth it. I recommend this graphic novel mainly because the sequel is much better!
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It's been over a decade since Sandman #23, in which Lucifer closed up Hell, had his wings cut off, and (as we later learned) opened a night spot in L.A. Now he stars in his own saga, under a new team of writer and illustrators. The result is the most successful to date of the various attempts to keep the Sandman franchise going since the climactic events of Sandman #69. As is usually the case with compilations from an on-going series, "Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway" leaves too many loose ends to entirely succeed as a stand-alone graphic novel. Nevertheless, the cast of characters and original stories are very much worthy of its progenitor. The stories in this collection aren't really dependent on familiarity with the Sandman series to understand what's going on. Still, Gaiman's Sandman is a classic and the keystone of DC's Vertigo line to which "Lucifer" belongs, so I would recommend reading at least the collections "Preludes and Nocturnes" and "Season of Mists" first. Those who have done so are very likely to enjoy following these new tales of Lucifer.
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