Lucifer #1 (DC/Vertigo)

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CREDIT: DC/Vertigo

Rating: 4.5/5 – Lucifer is Accused of Killing God!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

After first appearing in the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in 1989, Lucifer held onto a series of his own for seventy-five issues that ended in 2006. Given that I haven’t read any issues of his series I was a bit worried that I’d be lost here. Turns out that I wasn’t and, in fact, much like most of Vertigo’s new series coming out of their company wide relaunch, I loved it!

Not only was my knowledge of Lucifer a bit lacking, but so was my experience with writer Holly Black. Black is most famously known for the series of children’s fantasy books, the Spiderwick Chronicles, but here she’s just as comfortable writing a more adult themed take on Heaven’s fallen son. As this first issue opens up, Lucifer is on Earth running a nightclub, while in heaven God is dead and Lucifer is the prime suspect. Black does a great job of introducing us to Lucifer and establishing his current situation, while also maintaining a veil of mystery.

As strong as the writing is, so too is the art by Lee Garbett. Lucifer is full of humans, demons and other strange creatures that Garbett has no problem portraying. Lucifer himself has a sophisticated look to him, but Garbett also gives him the smugness and arrogance that’s just below his confident smile. Although we don’t get to see too much of hell in this first issue, I’m hoping it’s explored further as the potential is there for Garbett to unleash his pencils on a world that’s full of frightening possibilities.  Vertigo has established itself as one of the top brands in the business for 2015 with a really strong close to the year and I can’t wait to see all their new titles start to mature in 2016!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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