Monday, March 20, 2017

Lucifer #16 - A Review

This will probably be my last review of Lucifer for the foreseeable future. This is not because I don't enjoy the book. Indeed, it's one of my favorite monthly comics. Unfortunately, it's become all but impossible for me to review on an issue by issue basis.

Drawn as it is from the mythos of The Sandman, Hellblazer and the original Lucifer, this series has a LOT of backstory. If you're read those previous works, you'll find this series to be a wonderful continuation of the saga. Unfortunately, what makes this series so wonderful to a fan of classic Vertigo like myself also makes it inaccessible to 95% of the comics-reading public. Just summarizing the subplots in this issue outside of the context of the larger saga would require six or seven paragraphs!

Every issue of Lucifer is proof that good comics can be fine art. Richard Kadrey is a worthy successor to the legacies of Moore, Gaiman, Ennis and Carey. The artwork by Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela perfectly matches the gothic tone of the story. This is a fantastic book, but you can't just pick it up and jump into it.

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