Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lucifer #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Bloody Book

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: December 19, 2018

After reading the first two issues of Lucifer... twice... I'm woefully lost with just what in the hell I'd just experienced.

Hopefully it was enough to prep me for the twenty-odd pages we're about to discuss... I doubt it though!

Lucifer... well, one of the Lucifers is still trapped in the wherever-the-hell, and he's in a pretty bad way.  We've previously seen him repair himself after "breaking"... now, that's no longer the case.  He's visited by a mad poet, William Blake... author of The Annulment of Heaven and Hell, and as we'll come to learn... he's a fella who really puts a lot of himself into his work.

The (comparably) mundane John Decker/Gately House situation gets a bit more play.  There's definitely more than meets the eye here, and despite several panels of horrendously muffled speech, is still my favorite part of the book.  It's the part I can make the most sense out of, anyway.

Because, ya see... this book, at its core, has plenty of interesting concepts and conceits.  The thing of it is, I'm struggling to make heads or tails of much of it.  The book, to me, suffers terribly with its transitions.  I can't follow the whens and wheres of the scenes... and as someone who has been reading comics for the better part of three decades, I really shouldn't be having such a problem.

One book I haven't read in those thirty years, however, is Lucifer.  I might be coming at this from a place of severe disadvantage, but this volume is my first volume... so, I will accept the possibility that at least part of the blame lay in my ignorance of the property.

Though, we're only three issues in.  I can't shake the feeling that this shouldn't be quite this obscure.  I can only hope that once this arc wraps up this all makes a bit more sense to me.

Bits and Pieces:

Several potentially interesting concepts at play, which are unfortunately scattered amid unclear transitions and muddy storytelling.


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