Lucifer, Book One by Mike Carey
Lucifer is asked to do one little task for heaven and no one is happy about it, least of all Lucifer himself.
Publisher’s Description: Cast out of Heaven, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne in Hell for Los Angeles. Emerging from the pages of THE SANDMAN, the former Lord of Hell is enjoying retirement as the proprietor of L.A.’s most elite piano bar when an assignment from the Creator Himself threatens to change all that. Collects THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: LUCIFER #1-3 and LUCIFER #1-13
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Percy Procrastinator says…
Mike Carey is getting a lot of attention lately. In addition to being recognized for his prolific work in comics, Carey is known to several of us at One Book Two for his Felix Castor novels, a five-book urban fantasy series about a freelance exorcist in London. Carey is also gaining notoriety in the young adult genre (as M.R. Carey) for The Girl With All the Gifts and Fellside. Now, we’ve fallen in love with TV’s new series, Lucifer, which is LOOSELY based on Carey’s comics of the same name. After TV’s Lucifer ended, I decided to check out the first collection of the Lucifer comics.
Things I didn’t like: Book One is a collection of comics that were originally published independently. Different artists worked on different issues of the comic; so, the differences in artistic style are very obvious and a bit jarring when they are all collected in one volume. Also, it doesn’t feel as if the stories in the first two parts connect well with each other. Because of that, I found it tough to get into the story until well over the halfway point.
Things I liked: Once I did get into the story, it was a good read; it just took a while to get there. Lucifer is not depicted as evil, at least not directly; but, he is certainly selfish, manipulative, and opportunistic. It works. He doesn’t get his hands dirty if he can get someone else to do what he needs done. Since he is usually manipulating demons, or at least evil entities, the reader can view Lucifer as a sympathetic character — to a point. The few times he does something that can’t be seen as sympathetic, it still works in his favor, and it’s tough to fault him.
I enjoyed this volume and give it a solid three. I think it would need to be a bit more cohesive earlier in the story for me to rate it higher.
For those who watch the Lucifer TV show, be warned that the comic is NOT the same story. A few elements are used in both the comic and the TV show, but they are very, VERY different. I mention that because it was difficult to get into the comic when what I really wanted was more of the TV show. However, once I mentally put the TV show aside, Carey’s Lucifer was worth my time.
Trivia 1: Episode 12, #TeamLucifer, makes some in-jokes for the comic fans. One of the characters-of-the-week is named Mike Carey, and when Lucifer introduces himself to a member of a Satanic cult, the cultist says, “Aren’t you supposed to be blonde?” In Carey’s comics, Lucifer is pictured as blonde.
Trivia 2: Two members of the Lucifer cast have vampires in their backgrounds. D. B. Woodside, who plays the angel Amenadiel, also played a vampire hunter in TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, while “Detective Douche,” Kevin Alejandro, played Lafayette’s lover, Jesus Velasquez, in True Blood.
P.S. Mike, just wanted to mention that we loved TV’s Constantine, too! 🙂