Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Lucifer Morningstar resigns as Lord of Hell in Gaiman's The Sandman and pursues an independent career in Carey's Lucifer. I have tried to convey the richness of Carey's imagination in the following summary, copied from Comics Appreciation (see here).
Some readers might share my own original reservations about reading fiction in which the central character is the Devil. Remember that Satan is the hero of Paradise Lost. Also, this is not Satan. The Vertigo imprint had to differentiate Lucifer from Satan because both these versions of the Adversary were simultaneously involved in parallel storylines. Lucifer is Nietzschean, not malicious.
Elaine moves on the face of the deeps, ploughs Hell under, leaving only a small corner intact for the demoness, Lys, makes a place for her formerly dead brother in the new creation and has a farewell drink with friends before sinking into everything;
beautifully drawn art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly illustrates Lucifer's reminiscences about the War in Heaven and about his retirement from Hell on the occasion of Morpheus' second incursion and also his last meeting with the previous God in the Void;
art by Jon J Muth shows Lucifer in a Japanese Buddhist milieu.
Hail and farewell, Lucifer Morningstar, Prince of the East!