Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lucifer #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

A Mother and Child Reu-u-nion

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: March 20, 2019

"Bizarrely delightful..." Man, do I gotta become better at writing vapid "blurbable" quotes, or what?

Guess that's the price we pay when we actually try and discuss the book we're set to review.

Common... er, comics wisdom tells us that this... the sixth issue ought to be the concluding chapter.  Will ol' Lucy buck the trend?  Let's find out...

Over the past several reviews, we've been discussing how the bits and blurbs of information this book provides comes at a strange pace.  We go dozens of pages kind of just wandering through a nebulous narrative... then fall face first into an info-dump Chris Claremont would recoil in terror from.

None of that is to say this is a bad story... because it's not.  However, I feel reading it the way we have been, that is to say... in short monthly installments, does it a grand disservice.  As with so many comics "these days", I'm fairly certain this will result in a rather satisfying read when it's inevitably collected in trade.  Month to month though... the seams are showing.

When we last left our cast, we learned that the storybook world Lucifer (the Alan Moore-looking one) inhabited was actually inside of Sycorax's skull... and that John Decker's "tumor" was actually something altogether different... and related to his late wife, and a deal she had made.

This time out, we get the skinny on Caliban's parentage (in very purple prose) and why Lucifer isolated Sycorax and the lad to an island.  Believe it or not, it was... in a way... altruistic!  I feared that there would be nothing redeemable about this character... and, honestly, just wrote him off as a less-clever, but far-more powerful John Constantine.  I'm not convinced that I'm wrong just yet... but, this is a step in the right direction.

Lucifer #6 defies comics-convention by ending with a "to be continued".  Not entirely sure what that means for us, though I fear it might mean that we're only at the half-way point of a twelve-issue arc... which, might result in stretching the premise a bit thin.  Eh, I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The art is quite strong... not sure if it's improved, or if it's just growing on me.  Either way, I was able to follow it, and enjoyed it a great deal.

Bits and Pieces:

Many more questions are answered in a chapter that is surprisingly not the last for this arc.  Will likely read better in trade... but, these days, what doesn't?


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