Gail Williams goes to hell. Oh, sorry, New England.
Lucifer #6 opens in a New England winter. We meet an average American co-ed bringing her boyfriend, Takehiko, home from college to meet her parents. Scary. Especially when the parents are Satanists.
Stopping on the way, she climbs on his lap just to cheer him up, as they have the time, but apparently he has eyes for another woman - albeit one who instantly disappears.
Moving on, she tells him the stories of the town, of Gordo who inherited a house and realised that the best way to make money was to open it as church, but one to Satan, where drinks could be drunk, drugs could be taken and bands could play. Alan and Alice - the girl’s parents - meet as Alice pukes at the church. So it’s all sex, drugs and rock and roll - very 20th Century. Then one day the Church burned down with a girl, Joanna Newton, inside.
Gordo rebuilt the church, but as people do, Alan and Alice and everybody got old and stopped doing so many drugs and had kids and got boring. “Not necessarily in that order.” And what else would Alan and Alice call their baby, but Rosemary? And if you don’t get that reference, go check out some classic horror movies.
Takehiko is surprised that he’s allowed to stay in Rosemary’s bedroom but, as she points out, “Satanists remember? Physical gratification is good.” But not easy when you Dad walks in without knocking.
Then they go to church. At the end, the high priestess stabs him. Thankfully it’s a fake, collapsible knife. But there is nothing fake about the way Takehiko reacts, or how he brings Joanna back. Then there’s the rest, just how much did Alan have to do with Joanna’s death? Was a bargain with a demon worth the cost? How will Rosemary enjoy Hell?
The art in this issue #6 of Lucifer is great. Yes, a couple of times the proportioning was off and Rosemary’s dad bears a surprisingly strong resemblance to Michael Ironside in one particular panel - but I think that’s a good thing. The revelations that come after what I’ve explained above are both well written and well drawn. I do wonder what is coming next and that’s usually the sign of a good issue. Four out of five from me because I didn’t see it coming.
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!