Comic Review – Lucifer #2

  • Writer: Holly Black
  • Artist: Lee Garbett
  • Colorist: Antonio Fabela
  • Letterer: Todd Klein
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Release Date: January 20, 2016

Lucifer #2 sends us to hell in a proverbial handbasket.

Last month, Holly Black and Lee Garbett reintroduced us to everyone’s favorite fallen angel with Lucifer #1 and the start of a mystery that threatens to shatter the foundations of everything in the universe. God is dead, killed by something unnamable and indefinable and no one knows how, or why. Sometime between the last issue of Mike Carey’s original Lucifer series and 2016, God has died. What does that mean for the heavenly host inside the Silver City? Or for Lucifer and other fallen down on Earth?

Nothing good, that’s obvious.

Lucifer #2 is a really good, really solid second issue that gives us a glimpse into Hell with Mazikeen atop the throne. Yes, Mazikeen is the Queen of Hell and oh so horrific as she sits, held in place by nails through her palms. I think that one thing I like about this book is that while it’s new and fresh, there are so many similar themes between this series and the one previous (as well as The Sandman). There’s this feeling that people in power often don’t want that power. It’s a trap for them and they can’t escape. With Lucifer, he was able to escape Hell in the beginning, but not its machinations. Mazikeen doesn’t have that luxury. For all that she’s a major Power, she can’t actually do anything about it.

LUCIFER #2 Cover by Dave Johnson
LUCIFER #2 Cover by Dave Johnson

We get some powerful imagery and dialogue once Lucifer and Mazikeen see each other for the first time in years. Remember, Lucifer cared for Lucifer the way that he didn’t even attempt to care for many other people. No matter what they went through or how they felt for one another, there are long years of a connection stretching between them that Holly Black shows is still there. Fraying, but still binding them.

This issue also presents us with a piece of the puzzle. The same thing that attacked Lucifer, a squirming piece of metal deadest on reaching his heart, is what seems to be responsible for the death of their Father. Leave it to Gabriel to notice that as he helps Lucifer doctor his wounds. The question that starts to form in Lucifer #2 then kind of shifts. They’re not looking at multiple assailants, but rather the same assailant with one goal: to kill God and the Devil. Who would want that? Who would have such a lofty goal?

Nietzsche, perhaps?

I kid, I kid.

In all seriousness, I enjoy the fact that I can’t tell what’s going to happen. We’re given just enough, a little bit more than Gabriel and Lucifer are in fact, but we can’t see the whole picture just yet. The mystery still stretches out before us and that’s actually pretty great. I love comics where one of the conflicts involves a mystery to solve, but I can’t stand when that same mystery unravels with a few tugs of a thread. I don’t see that happening in Lucifer. Which is such a great feeling to have.

Now, while hell has gone to the dogs and demons, there are some surprisingly funny moments throughout Lucifer #2.

First, Gabriel is my favorite. I love Lucifer (we covered this last month), but sometimes he’s just a bit too dour. Gabriel is funny and bad things happen to him at a weird rate. For one thing, at one point in Lucifer #2, he’s tortured, skinned, and set on fire. Not funny. Not really. But okay, he basically wanders around complaining intensely the whole time and making commentary about the state of hell around him. He’s snarky and completely aware of his position on the food chain. So you can’t help but to find humor in his scenes even when he’s having these great moments as a skinless (and later — naked) being wandering around Hell.

Then we have the scenes that revolve around a young woman named Teena Hornick who found a jar of demons in her dead parents’ closet and proceeds to well — go wild. Maybe it’s because I see humor in the strangest places, but I definitely had a laugh at the fact that the demons kept urging her to let them out so that they could commit mayhem and murder only for her to leap into action and kill her childhood friends. Like, geez — She didn’t actually need anything more than a little urging and then she took to like she was made for it. I found myself laughing largely at her reaction at being urged into evil and at that of the demons who were very confused about the fact that they didn’t actually get to do any of the killing.

There’s so much I loved about Lucifer #2! Between the art, the plot, and the fact that Holly Black is one of those writers who can get me to read almost anything, it’s definitely a great comic that is only getting better with every issue. If you’re not reading Lucifer, I’m judging you.

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writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories.

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