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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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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Well I am a huge Sandman and HellBlazer fan and the Morningstar was definitely one of my favourite supporting characters.
I did not have much trouble jumping into this trade with all my background knowledge from Sandman and my reading of mythology.
Readers new to the Vertigo line of comics may find this series at first confusing.
So please bear in mind that things are really explained in the next two trades. After careful readings "Lucifer: The Divine Comedy", "Lucifer: Children and Monsters" and "Lucifer: Inferno" you really appreciate the intricate weavings of the story.
Going back to this first trade, I found myself going, "oh that is what he was talking about". After all, Lucifer has an almost cosmic awareness and it is an interesting twist that he sees and hears more than even the reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start for a promising series July 13 2002
Format:Paperback
Positive reviews makes me curious about any comic book and I picked this one up with high expectations, after I finished I was a bit dissapointed because it didn't filled up all my expectations.
Lucifer series is a bit slow moving and vague for my taste but I heard that it gets better and I'm looking forward to read the next issues.Carey's writing is stylish and erudite and his main caracther is well developed.The art of Chris Weston is very good ;unfortunately he left off after issue 3 and was replaced by Peter Gross(Books of Magic).
In some parts Lucifer lacks narrative drive and demands attention because Carey loves cryptic sentences.Overall a good comic book but a little overated too.
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