Tuesday 25 June 2019

Book Review: Lucifer Vol. 1 (The Infernal Comedy) by Dan Watters (Fantasy/Graphic Novel)

Title: Lucifer Vol. 1 (The Infernal Comedy)
Author: Dan Watters

Publication Date: 25 June 2019
eBook - PDF
Fantasy / Graphic Novel
ARC via NetGalley

One of four books expanding Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman Universe. The onetime ruler of Hell has gone missing. Lucifer is MIA. He finds himself imprisoned and crippled by mysterious forces who seek to torment him for their own terrible ends. He also happens to have no idea how he got there.

This is the one true tale of what befell the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light--Lucifer. The blind, destitute old man, who lives in a small boarding house in a quiet little town, where nothing is quite what it seems and no one can leave. He's trapped, you see? Trapped in a bizarre prison with no memory of how he got there or why. He has no recollection of setting out to find his offspring. He also does not remember that if he does not find him it could be the end of all things. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a cop who may have brain cancer is tasked with a mission. Find and Kill Lucifer.

I came to this graphic novel with no prior knowledge of the Sandman universe. All I know of the character of Lucifer comes from the recent TV series, so I was interested to go back to the roots, as it were. Due to my lack of background reading, I did find the opening section a tad confusing; however, it will probably mean more to longtime fans. Once the main plot kicked off, I settled into it with ease. I enjoyed the premise and loved the ties to Shakespeare. The story moved at a good pace, with an excellent balance of images and text, and the artwork was gorgeous. It certainly left me keen to read future volumes. Although those in the know will probably take away more from this work than a newbie, the story is also accessible to those who, like me, are coming to the character and world via the television show.

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