“The devil, my friends, is a woman just now, ’Tis a woman who reigns in Hell”
Owen Meredith, Lord Lytton
Great opening line, huh?
The woman in question seems to be Teena, big fat Teena who’s cleaning out her deceased parents’ home - and finds a little jar full of demons.
Cut back to Lucifer and Gabriel, with the latter pulling out a shard of metal from Lucifer’s side. Metal that moves. Moves! Is a Switch being pulled? Interestingly, Gabriel thinks he’s seen a piece of this type of metal somewhere else. And where? Sticking out of their (Our) Father. So off our displaced pairing goes, to the place that they are most likely to find such a material - Hell.
Meanwhile we’re off to Newark (some may say it’s the same thing). In the last issue Lorin Hammon picked a feather from Rafael’s wing, and now he thinks the feather is pulling him along to… well… somewhere. And he has to go, even though his girlfriend’s very vocal in her disapproval.
Lucifer opens a portal, and why? Because the being that put the shard in his side looked exactly like him, which is impossible. But like he said, if you want to know who wants to kill both God and Lucifer, the highest concentration of suspects will be in Hell.
Teena is visiting friends, good friends, but how good a friend is she going to be with a cookie jar of demons under her arm?
As Lucifer and Gabriel wonder through Hell, Gabriel’s suggestions for what they should call their investigating company are amusing. Lucifer finds the decoration in Hell has changed, though he seems to like it and the demon baiting is good. And what do we find out? That Mazikeen, Daughter of Lilith is now Queen of Hell.
In Beelzebub’s Palace a banquet is going on, and the special guests? Well, go read the banqueting scene, don’t worry Banquo isn’t about to turn up, but keep an eye on the pie, it is something of a step up from the one placed before the King, it might even still have four-and-twenty birds, though there’s no way of telling if they were black or not.
For what happens after that, go read the issue. Look close enough and you might find out why the throne of Hell isn’t necessarily a place you’d want to ascend to.
Have to say, issue 2 of Lucifer is another one where the artwork is wonderful to look at, it makes every panel a work of art and worthy of a second glance or three. After complaining about the lack of realism in the horror of another comic, this issue includes a fine example of the exact element I was looking for, a sense of anatomy, a grasp of what the muscles do beneath the skin. There are twists and turns in the plot, ups and downs, and the writing keeps the reader interested and absorbed.
Lucifer has good writing and good artwork, it has pace and interest, humanity and horror. In fact the only thing that I can specify that isn’t to my taste, is the the cover art, but that’s really nit picking, even for me.
The contents however, I can’t fault, so it has to be five 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!