Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lucifer #7 Review and **SPOILERS**

How Do You Talk to an Angel?

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: April 17, 2019

Lucifer and Company are finally free from the Skull of Sycorax (formerly known as "The Whereverthehell"), and not a moment... nor issue, too soon.

Let's see what kinda trouble Lucifer can get into in the mundane world...

So, if you were locked away in someone's skull for the past little while, what would be the first thing you'd do upon going free?  Well, if you're Lucifer, you don't have all that much time to think about it.  This issue picks up right where the last left off, Lucifer (and Company) find themselves surrounded by... Angels... a whole lot of 'em!

Ya see, he done a bad thing.  God sees the resurrection of Sycorax as something of an affront and mockery to Jesus Christ's own Easter Awakening... but a deal is struck, and Sycorax is allowed to walk the Land of the Living for 72 Hours... the length of time Christ was dead between Crucifixion and Resurrection.  That doesn't seem like a heckuva long time, but to Sycorax... who tires of this place already, it's more than enough.

Lucifer, however, isn't immediately keen to this arrangement... and decides to do some digging in order to find a loophole in Hell.  Luckily, he's got a delivery to make there anyway, in the form of our friend, Stingy Jack.

After six-issues of an almost claustrophobic tone, we're suddenly out in daylight... and Hell, and a few other places to boot.  The shift is a bit jarring, but in a good way.  In reading this, I almost felt as though these characters had too much freedom... too many options.  It's refreshingly uncomfortable.

It also provides me with an opportunity to see a somewhat altruistic Lucifer... though, if I'm being honest, most of the time I'm still seeing John Constantine with a pointier haircut.  Ya see, Lucifer is worried about Sycorax's final fate... and wants to ensure that her soul's not left to rot in Hell.  It's touching, in a way.

Also touching, was the Mother and Child reunion between Sycorax and Caliban... though, Mazikeen (that woman with the speech impediment) does an awful lot of talking during those scenes... very little of which is understandable.  I get wanting the audience to know she's difficult to understand... but, this really is a step too far.  I wound up skipping most of her word balloons, lest I get frustrated and give up anyway.

This series has really turned around for me, in that I feel an actual emotional investment with the characters... but more importantly, because I can finally understand the damn thing!

Bits and Pieces:

Finally freed from the Skull of Sycorax, Lucifer's tale enters its second act.  Storytelling has become refreshingly linear, and the art does a great job keeping up.


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