So I read the Sandman, what may be one of the finest comic series of all time, and one of the key moments of the series (spolier warning, but seriously the series is almost as old as I am) was when Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell and the infernal regions, severed his wings and abdicated his throne head upwards to a new life on Earth.
So cut to the new series, Lucifer is on Earth running a night club (more piano/ cabaret bar), with the aid of Mazikeen, the half faced member of the Lilim, daughter of Lilith. And we pick up where you would expect, the host of heaven wondering just what the hell (pun a little intended) Lucifer is up to. Which turns out to be his old tricks of sticking it to his dear old creator, showing that in fact he did know better.
The series follows Lucifer’s attempts to one up his old man by making his own universe and allowing that to run itself rather than adding predestination into the mix. It raises a lot of the questions that I’ve always had about the devil, is he evil? Or is he, for lack of a better term, demonised just for offering people a choice of their own actions.
I wont tell you what happens to throughout the series, as by now you’ve probably clocked that I don’t do spoiler filled reviews, but I will say a few things about the series as a whole, at 75 issues long Mike Carey manages to give a fully grown up and mature comic that delivers a really complex and enjoyable story, It isn’t the Sandman, and if you pick up a copy, don’t expect it to be the same sort of thing, it isn’t, it may share a few themes, and a few familiar faces may turn up, but this is really its own separate entity.
The art team changes throughout the series, but it is luckily of a consistently high calibre from beginning to end, with vivid colours that still somehow manage to capture the tone of the prince of Pulotu (Polynesian hell). It really has been one of the more enjoyable comic series that I have read over the past few years and just under 80 issues was really the right amount to do the story justice without it becoming stale as many longer running titles have done (Hellblazer being a key example). I’m not sure how I feel now knowing that the series has been revived some 10 years later, but will undoubtedly let you know how it turns out.