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Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway by Mike Carey

Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway

by Mike Carey

Other authors: Scott Hampton (Illustrator), James Hodgkins (Illustrator), Dean Ormston (Illustrator), Warren Pleece (Illustrator), Chris Weston (Illustrator)

Series: Lucifer (1), Lucifer TPBs (1)

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Entertainingly dark... keeps the Sandman flame alive in fine form. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 6, 2014 |
One of the most underrated comic book series ever! Carey too one of my favorite characters from the Sandman series and gave him a series worthy of him. If you like anti-heroes, bastards and broken things this is the comic book for you.

At some point in the future I'll dust off my single issues (cause yes I have them all bagged and boarded), sit down for a reread and write a full on review of the whole damn series. ( )
  EinfachMich | Sep 21, 2013 |
I recently reread Sandman, and while I do love it for its own sake, I must confess that my real reason for trekking through Gaiman's epic was to get to Carey's equally majestic, albeit much-less praised, story. Frankly, I'm not sure why that is, as in many ways, I think Lucifer surpasses its origin story. Both boast rich, and mostly independent cosmologies, but whereas for a significant part of its run, Sandman exists as a framework for Gaiman to write any kind of story he wants, Lucifer is surprisingly single-minded in telling the tale of the title character's most recent war against his creator. And frankly, I'd rather read about cunning, crafy, cold, cruel Lucifer than mopey Morpheus.

Volume one does little more than establish the setup for the rest of the series. Lucifer gets his Macguffin, and we meet the Basanos and Elaine. Sadly, Mazikeen gets short-shrift, but it's hard to do much with a character who can only barely be understood. But mostly, this book exists so that we can see what a brilliant bastard Lucifer can be. ( )
1 vote jawalter | Nov 18, 2012 |
Since we last saw Lucifer in Murder Mysteries, mulling over the injustice of the Lord, some 13 billion years have passed. More than that if Murder Mysteries takes place before the creation of the universe, which it probably does. Since then, Lucifer has rebelled against the Lord, been consigned to Hell, given up Hell (its dominion passing into the hands of a pair of angels), and set up in a piano bar in L.A. because, you know, what else would you do? His former consort, Mazikeen, works there with him.

And he'd probably be there, enjoying himself just fine, if Amendiel, an angel himself, didn't pop into Lucifer's bar, Lux, from the Silver City to ask Lucifer to undertake a mission that the Lord can't be seen to directly intervene in. In "The Morningstar Option," someone's granting wishes, or something. It's all very vague and cosmological. Lucifer recruits a human girl who tied into the phenomenon and strikes out to put a stop to it. The story actually reminded me a lot of "The Thessaliad" in The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales in that Lucifer, like Thessaly, knows the ways these kinds of stories work, and therefore undertakes the story in line with the way it should go.

In the second story here, "A Six-Card Spread," Lucifer heads off the Germany to get another former angel to read some cards for him. Of course, there's trouble afoot, what with a bunch of racist thugs running around and the cards themselves gaining intelligence. And Lucifer's not the only person after them... (Who would have guessed that?)

In both good and bad ways, these remind me of the early Sandman stories. There are big, neat ideas being played with. But there's also a protagonist for whom no problem ever seems to exist. As in the Sandman stories, I found myself focusing on the minor mortal characters, because they had lives and problems and such. Lucifer only has smugness, and that works much of the time... but not all of it. I found "The Morningstar Option" more interesting, but "A Six-Card Spread" got bogged down in all the mythology of the cards, which I didn't find very interesting. Part of the problem (again, like early Sandman) is that the story often doesn't seem to operate by rules the reader is aware of. Lucifer and all the myriad demons do things when they need to, and that is that.

The villains of "The Morningstar Option" bothered me, in that they were gods from before our universe or something... but that didn't really matter. They could have been wish-granting Star Trek space aliens for all the difference it made to the story being told. Just saying "gods" didn't do a whole lot to make the story different.

The book ends with a short story, "Born with the Dead," about a girl whose dead grandmothers give her advice, which comes in handy when her best friend is murdered. I liked it a lot, probably for the same reason I liked a lot of the Sandman fill-in stories-- it had a protagonist I could identify with. Lucifer's here, but it's a small bit at the end.

Last time I read a Mike Carey take on a Sandman spin-off, I got the excellent The Furies. So far, this isn't bad, but it's no rival either.

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  Stevil2001 | Dec 17, 2011 |
Interesting stuff. Like some of Mike Carey's other works, I am not sure if it is just too far above my head to understand some of it, or it's a muddled mess and it's not my fault that parts make no sense. I think a mix of both. Lucifer is interesting enough, though, to make me at least check out the second volume and see where the larger story is heading. ( )
  lithicbee | Feb 3, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mike Careyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hampton, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodgkins, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ormston, DeanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pleece, WarrenIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weston, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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