Lucifer VOL 01: Devil in the Gateway Paperback – Jun 1 2001
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Well I am a huge Sandman and HellBlazer fan and the Morningstar was definitely one of my favourite supporting characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Tinman
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... Read morePublished on July 13 2002 by R. Benardes
Okay, this isn't Neil Gaiman's genius level work. What is? But this is the first work I've seen in the Sandman universe that's worthy of Gaiman's imagination. Read morePublished on June 11 2002 by WeHaveSixFeet
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