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Lucifer VOL 05: Inferno
Lucifer VOL 05: Inferno
by Mike Carey
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 14.50

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the first to review this? C'mon people!, Feb. 6 2004
Anyone familiar with Neil Gaiman's legendary "Sandman" books is doing themselves a disservice if they haven't picked up the "Lucifer" story. This ongoing (as of Feb 2004, anyway) series concerns the mechanations of the retired Lord of Hell as he sets his sights ever higher. Remarkable characters, plot twists, literary/historical references, and dialogue are all hallmarks of this series.
Lucifer: Inferno is the fifth trade paperback in the series, and it covers issues #29-#35. Previous titles (in ascending order) are "Sandman Presents: Lucifer," "Children and Monsters," "Daliance with the Damned," and "The Divine Comedy."
My advice? Buy 'em all. Right now. You'll save on the shipping costs.

Lucifer VOL 02: Children and Monsters
Lucifer VOL 02: Children and Monsters
by Mike Carey
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 12.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning!, Feb. 4 2002
As an avid (trader paperback-only) reader of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, and the non-Gaiman spinoff "The Dreaming," Mike Carey's "Lucifer: Children and Monsters" wins top marks all around.
The first Lucifer collection "Devil in the Gateway" re-introduced us to Lucifer from the Sandman stories. "Sandman" fans will recall that he gave up his wings, closed shop, retired to a nightclub in Los Angeles and watched the ensuing chaos resolve itself.
In "Devil in the Gateway," Lucifer named his price for a task requested of Heaven. Not much of a task... the mere disposal of a few ancient gods. In exchange for this errand, Lucifer's price is paid: a Letter of Passage.
Lucifer transforms the letter into a gateway leading Outside of Creation. The gateway is crafted with the divine name so that even the Creator himself cannot close it without destroying all of Creation.
In "Children and Monsters" Lucifer's must reclaim his wings from the Japanese pantheon of gods (on mortal terms, no less), deal with the assembled Armies of Heaven, and finally resolve a unfinished scenario with one of his fellow Fallen.
Since I'm not one for buying issues each month, I can only say that I eagerly await the third book.

The Cleft and Other Odd Tales
The Cleft and Other Odd Tales
by Gahan Wilson
Edition: Paperback
22 used & new from CDN$ 1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection!, Dec 9 1999
I've always liked Gahan Wilson's cartoon collections... They're easily on par with those of the late Charles Adams. This collection of short stories is right on the mark. Sometimes jarring, sometimes thought-provoking, always entertaining. I strongly recommend "The Cleft and Other Odd Tales."

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