Written by: Mike Carey
Penciled by: Peter Gross
Inked by: Ryan Kelly
Cover by: Christopher Moeller
Colored by: Daniel Vozzo
Lettered by: Jared Fletcher
Editor: Shelly Bond
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
A quick summation: the former Archangel Lucifer, having quit his job as the ruler of Hell, had created a universe of his own in the Void, setting out to prove in some small way that he could run things better than God, precisely by NOT running things and not ruling over people. Protecting this world are the spirits of two girls, one of whom (Elaine) was responsible for saving Lucifer’s existence and one of whom, Mona, was Elaine’s best friend.
As this issue opens, Elaine, Mona and a handful of various series regulars are ridding this new universe of all the immortals, fey and other magical beings and gods who have taken refuge in this new Universe, due to a recent attempt by two titans with more cunning than good sense to usurp the power of God through this universe. While most are leaving willingly, there are a few who are refusing to go or trying to hide and it is up to our Devil-chosen band to get them evicted.
As noted before, Lucifer is one of the most involved books on the market today and can be quite the challenge for the new reader. Indeed, I wonder how much use my reviews of the book are for attracting new readers as all I can say is “This is a good book! Go read it, but get the back issues.”
Then again, perhaps that is all that needs to be said.