Review – Lucifer #14

Lucifer #14 –
Vertigo Comics

Written by Richard Kadray
Art by Lee Garbett

Colors by Antonio Fabela
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by Dave Johnson

If you’ve listened to our podcast, it’s no secret that we love the Lucifer TV series on Fox.  That is also with the understanding that it is very different from what is presented in the comics.  So…why have we never given our opinion on said comics?  Well, with a new arc, comes new opportunities.  So let’s start exploring the “Blood in the Streets”.

I’m going to try to be spoiler free here, but there is a lot going on in this issue.  Lucifer, Mazikeen and Gabriel are discussing how to go about executing a plan that Lucifer has.  Unfortunately for them, that plan is to kill someone very powerful.  What they know for sure is, more power is exactly what they need.  This is where the story takes a turn, because Gabriel has another task that he promised to complete.  That leaves Lucifer and Mazikeen, who also split to complete different parts of the plan.  Lucifer goes to find a familiar face (HINT: look at the cover) and Maze goes to a familiar place.  As if things weren’t complicated enough, they all find themselves in trouble (even if they don’t know it yet) for different reasons.  I want to give you the opportunity to read this all for yourself, so I really don’t want to go into an detail here, other than to say each situation is unique and dangerous in who it involves.

There is so much going on in this issue and starting this new arc.  What you think is going to be one story quickly morphs into three, but that’s not at all a bad thing.  It feels like Kadrey wants to tell as much of the story as possible, and that is the best way to do it.  Hard to argue with that, and I am already invested in all three.  Each part has it’s own little twists and problems, so it’s easy to get fully invested in what’s going on.  The detail work by Garbett is spot on, and a big shout out to Fabela for creating the mood with some excellent color work.  Tone and atmosphere is very important in this book, and everyone involved just nails it.  If you’ve never read Lucifer before, this is a good jumping on point where you won’t be too lost.  If you’re a fan of the show, this is definitely different, but definitely gives you the same charm and badassery.  Granted it’s in a different way, but an enjoyable one.  If you’re looking for a little flavor in your comics pull list, this will give it to you.  Also…never let the mayo expire.


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