Gail Williams checks out issue #5 of Lucifer.
Lucifer #5 opens with Metatron and Raphael, who we haven't seen either of in a while. They are not happy with the way Gabriel and Lucifer are getting on.
Cut to our eponymous anti-hero, he's starkers and as well equipped as Action Man, with Gabriel, who is at least skin covered - well except for the great big hole where his heart was pulled out. They're still in the bus with Medjine and Lorin and it turns out that the demon in the bottle was Azazel. It also turns out he has to obey little Medjine. Promises are a bind if you have to keep them, yet a demon keeping a promise is unusual. Lorin has a feather from Raphael's wing, which he breaks. To no obvious effect. As Azazel says: "Well that was anti-climatic."
Then Raphael rips the top off the bus. Cue the big fight scene. Finally Gabriel shows some spine and stops it, after all, least we forget, he is trying to investigate why God is missing. While Gabriel talks to Raphael, Lucifer talks to the shard in his side, reminding it it can still kill Azazel. Once the pal-fest-fight is over, Azazel lies dead. But Raphael knows where he's buried - Dudael.
Gabriel takes Medjine to her brother, then he and Lucifer are on their way to the Dudael desert. There they find a body and one of Metatron's feathers. Gabriel flies off in a precipitous rage to confront Metatron, only to be told he is expendable and was supposed to kill Lucifer - Twice! Metatron then casts him out of Heaven again. But Lucifer has another fall waiting for Gabriel. Metatron didn't kill God. Gabriel did.
Typical brotherly rivalry ensues.
But Gabriel has plans of his own. And gets an impressive set of new wings.
I know a little (very little) theology, so I can't say how much of this story-line reflects the bible story. Then again, what I do know of the bible is that it's written from a human perspective and understanding, so it's all a bit cagey with the clarity on most things angelic. Human minds are not on the whole built to understand the divine, otherwise we would know, have imperial evidence and once you have imperial evidence, you've proven something to exist, you can't have faith it in any more, you can only know it. Faith is for the uncertain not the certain.
The relationships of these angels all seems rather human however, full of petty jealousy, the desire for revenge, unpleasant manipulations that twist and torture the soul until the person becomes someone different to who they were, to who they were meant to be.
This issue certainly twists and turns the plot till the reader, let alone Gabriel, is punch drunk. I very much enjoyed the writing on this one, and the storytelling. Though the drawing is in no way less than in any other issue, it doesn't deliver any particular stand out pane along the way. A good all rounder though, and a well deserved three out of five from me.
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