Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: LUCIFER #1

DC COMICS/Vertigo – @DCComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Holly Black
ART: Lee Garbett
COLORS: Antonio Fabela
LETTERS: Todd Klein
COVER: Dave Johnson
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2016)

Suggested for mature readers

Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg

Cold Heaven Part One: “Prodigal Sons”

DC Comics' version of Lucifer Morningstar was created by Neil Gaiman and Sam Keith and first appeared in The Sandman #4 (cover dated:  April 1989).  Lucifer was a supporting character, and later, was the star of his own ongoing series (Lucifer, 2000 to 2006), entirely written by Mike Carey.

DC Comic's Vertigo returns the character to regular comic books with the new ongoing series, Lucifer.  This series is written by Holly Black; drawn by Lee Garbett; colored by Antonio Fabela; and lettered by Todd Klein.

Lucifer #1 (“Prodigal Sons”) opens in Los Angeles, California, 2015.  Lucifer is back, and he immediately opens a new hangout for his kind of people, called the “Ex Lux.”  Meanwhile, semi-fallen angel, Gabriel, is dragged back to Silver City in Heaven, where his brother makes him an offer.  He's not the only one not happy by the return of Lucifer.

Sometimes, I can't help but write a short review, which has garnered me a complaint or two, so here goes.  Lucifer is mildly entertaining.  Its imagination exists at a bare minimum.  I may read the second issue out of mild curiosity.  Surely, Vertigo can do better than this.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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