Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lucifer #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

Lucifer #2
Written By: Dan Watters
Illustrated By: Max Fiumara & Sebastian Fiumara
Colors By: Dave McCaig
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 21, 2018

Wow, a Newsarama quote... that sure says something, doesn't it?

Well, no... not really.

Though, I am surprised to see something with their name attached to it that doesn't have anything to do with a clickbait Top 10 list!

Good on ya!

Just like last issue, we have multiple stories on multiple fronts... and maybe even multiple Lucifers!  Okay, probably not that last one, but it's still kind of confusing.

There appear to be two planes of reality we're dealing with here (though, I wouldn't swear to it), and multiple time spans within both.  The pacing is a bit stronger than last issue, though, at best... I'm damning it with faint praise.  I may be denser than most, but I felt that much of last issue was near unfollowable.

We do receive some clues about the plight of the Alan Moore-looking Lucifer... as well as an update on new-widower John's state of being.  The John scenes, like last issue, were among the strongest parts.

Though the strongest part of this issue... was a flashback that only tangentially featured Lucifer.  A pair of witches share a tale from the long ago, which ties in somewhat with Greek myth and the occult.  It concludes with Lucifer "pulling a fast one" on everyone involved, almost as though he were John Constantine... which, only makes me wish I were reading about John Constantine.

Without spoiling it... the issue concludes with some heavy Shakespearean references... which, I dunno, I don't care for.  I feel like this is the easiest attempt to make a story feel "deep" or "poetic"... sorta like, if you want to make a story "trippy" you add elements from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to your script.  It just feels forced.  And really, if you're trying to prove how deep your story is... Shakespeare is kind of at the shallow end of the pool, ain't he?

Bits and Pieces:

Things are progressing, but only just.  An adherence to esoteric storytelling is a pretty big hindrance, rendering this book somewhat inaccessible to the uninitiated.


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