Gail Williams turns to the dark side.
The anti-hero who made his debut in The Sandman (and starred in his own hit series) is back.
In Lucifer #1 the Devil arrives in Los Angeles in a long white convertible trailing the scent of brimstone. The most beautiful of the angels has returned, but he’s not the only one. Watch out for the wound under the left rib (and if you are a Christian, try to forget about spear wounds), but as Lucifer Morningstar, himself says, “Life is Pain.”
Now Gabriel, the onetime Governor of Eden, who bedded a demon and lost his grace to become human, is being called. Rafael and Raguel are trying to tempt him back to the Silver City (Heaven), well perhaps drag would have been a better word. And there Metatron shows him the incomprehensible. Is God dead?
It would appear so and Gabriel is the man they want to investigate.
Gabriel and Lucifer clash in what I can only describe as an upscale New York cantina (I had the Star Wars cantina music earworm into my head the second I looked at the page). Lucifer is wonderfully droll during this encounter. That fact that they end up working together because as the Prince of Lies declares “No one gets to kill God but me”, is a wonderful turnaround.
The final introduction on the last page is interesting to say the least, but that I’ll leave you to find out for yourself. Check out the hands though.
Artistically I find the comic really appealing, Lee Garbett has done a wonderful job on the drawing, and it’s coloured just right by Antonio Fabela. For once (general observation, this is issue one after all) I actually think that the artwork on the inside is better than that on the cover. The Angels have interesting uniforms and wings that look more like broken dragon depictions than the classic birdlike angel wings, but are still appealing for all that. And Rafael’s wings must be magic because when seen full body the feathers make up large peacock eye like patterns. Yet when one single feather is plucked, it’s clearly got the whole ‘eye’ on it.
I enjoyed the writing too, courtesy of Holly Black. She hit the nail on Lucifer’s conversation. The whole thing has a good reading pace and easy flow. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Lucifer. Four out of five.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!