Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lucifer Vol. 7: Exodus

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly

This volume of Lucifer is split between two stories.  The first has two oafish, clownish Titans decide that they should take Jahweh's recently vacated throne in heaven for themselves, and they set about putting their plan in motion.  Lucifer and Michael don't want the throne for themselves, yet they can not allow these two to take power, and so must work together to defeat them.

To be honest, this story didn't really fit with the feel that this book has established over its run to this point.  It felt a little silly, and rushed, like Carey needed something to push Lucifer to the decision that drives the second story in this book, and this was the best he could come up with.

In the second story, Lucifer decrees that all immortals currently living in his own new realm must leave.  He doesn't deal with this himself, instead choosing to deputize Elaine Belloc to take care of this for him.  Elaine has the right to choose her own team, and so works with Mazikeen, the two Cherubim that are usually in this book, her friend, and some little guy I don't think I've ever seen before, to go about this task.  This story works much better, especially as it is split between the efforts of the aforementioned, and the story of a demon named Thole and the young human boy he rescues from a strange home life back on Earth.

I enjoyed this second story much more than the first, as it was better structured and more interesting.  I was confused towards the end though by the constant disappearance and then reappearance of Mazikeen's mask.  It seems like a little more editing was needed here...

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