Vertigo Comics 2018
Written by Dan Watters
Illustrated by Max Fiumara & Sebastian Fiumara
Coloured by Dave McCaig
Lettered by Steve Wands
Lucifer is in misery. No longer able to heal his broken body, escape seems further away than ever...until hope arrives in the form of a mad poet. Meanwhile: a tome of prophecy is found among the cookbooks, and a finger or two are lost down the side of the couch.
There is something about this that manages to charm the socks off you. Whether it’s the two Lucifer’s and trying to figure if either one is the real one or if they are two parts of one whole. Either way the strength of the story that we unfolding is amazing to watch. It isn’t easy to show both sides of the man and yet Dan manages to really do some excellent focus on the characters at all times. As a matter of fact the way things open up here I have to admit I would never have thought I’d be happier watching Lucifer as a crazy old coot.
Dan does an excellent job with the way this book is structured. The way that situations arise and how the characters deal with them keeps the ebb & flow on a nice even keel. Which when dealing with these folks should almost be like using a row-boat with only chopsticks as oars. As Lucifer bemoans his predicament and we see the state of his legs things take this crazy turn. I mean okay I get Lucifer is essentially human and subjected to all the things that befall us. While I am pretty sure I shouldn’t be laughing I couldn’t help myself because it really feels like a comedy of errors.
When Bill Blake enters the house and tries to get Lucifer to behave like himself, or at least the version they are all used to, I honestly thought that perhaps Abel had come to pay a visit. Sigh that would have been a thing of wonder to see. As it stands Bill turns out to be a brilliant character in his own right. The way he is woven through this story is marvellous to see and I love that there are twists, turns and mysterious connections are among the reasons why I am love with what Dan is doing with this series.
The interiors here are just as finely tuned to the story as the characterisation is. The linework here is gorgeous and to see how the varying weights are being utilised to show us this level of attention to detail is stunning work. Also the way that different moments or parts of the arc have a style of artwork that separates it from each other is delightful beyond reason. The creativity and imagination that is on display here is mind boggling fun. Also the short haired control of his personality Lucifer is sexy as well Hell! Also was I supposed to find that visage erotic when he approached William when he was alive? Because I did. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective we see in the panels shows off an amazing eye for storytelling. I wish we had more backgrounds being utilised but I won’t quibble. The colour work is astounding and throughout it just enhances the feelings, tone and mood that we see and experience.
The way that these three separate arcs flow through these pages and all of them connected by this thin thread, at least for now, all just moving forward like a clock whose arts don’t see each other is like a well oiled machine. With the resurgence of the Lucifer as seen on TV and the relaunch of Vertigo Comics this was only a natural series to make sure was brought back. The writing is among the absolute best on stands and the interiors help make this stand alone in the crowd.