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The Second, and Possibly Best , of the Four New Sandman Universe SeriesO.K., here s the deal as I understand it There are four new series that are spinoffs of Neil Gaiman s Sandman Universe Each shares and expands on the Sandman Universe and is set in the evolving world of the Dreaming Don t know how much Gaiman is involved, the books are claimed to be from the mind of , or curated by , but there seem to beandbooks out there that use Gaiman s name and stories but in whic The Second, and Possibly Best , of the Four New Sandman Universe SeriesO.K., here s the deal as I understand it There are four new series that are spinoffs of Neil Gaiman s Sandman Universe Each shares and expands on the Sandman Universe and is set in the evolving world of the Dreaming Don t know how much Gaiman is involved, the books are claimed to be from the mind of , or curated by , but there seem to beandbooks out there that use Gaiman s name and stories but in which he otherwise does not seem that much involved.I ve now read the beginning of the Dreaming series, Volume 1, Pathways and Emanations , and the beginning of the Lucifer series, Volume 1, The Infernal Comedy Don t be confused While each Volume collects the first 6 issues of their respective series, each Volume also starts with the same Sandman Universe Special 1 This Special lays the groundwork for all four of the spinoffs At first I thought I had the same book twice over, until I realized that they were different books, but just started with the same 48 page one shot It appears the two other spinoff series, Books of Magic and House of Whispers , will open the same way The Special follows the raven Mathew as he confirms that the Dreamer has abandoned the Dreamland, and introduces and sets the stage for each of the four new series For what it s worth, so far the Special one shot has been my favorite part of this whole project.Each of the series has a different writer liking or disliking one won t tell you much about the others So, with that background, hah I m doing the same opening for each series review , let s turn to Lucifer , the second of the four new Volumes Our theme, if we need one, is Hope and Suffering.MILD PLOT AND PREMISE SPOILERS.We open with Lucifer trapped in a strange village like place He s blind and destitute, with no memory of who he is or how he got there The story is told through a narrative in the present and lots of flashbacks, which may be a bit showy but actually works well Basically, Lucifer has to reunite his son with the boy s mother, and figure out which character from his past has confined him to this village prison An entirely separate story thread follows an L.A detective caught up in some shadowy satanic conspiracy The threads do eventually merge in a suspenseful, and even thrilling, fashion.Lots of interesting things going on Lucifer, when he isn t agonizing, has a deadpan sense of humor Modeling young and powerful Lucifer on David Bowie has worked for everyone who has ever done it, including Bowie, and it works very well here Making William Blake Lucifer s sidekick of sorts is a masterstroke, since Blake s actual poetry could be right out of the Sandman Universe anyway There are lots of heavy throwaway lines and deep observations, butof them make sense here than seems usual.For those of a literary bent there is a lot to work with here William Blake wrote an actual book, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell that addresses many of the same contraries that arise in this novel s fictional Annulment of Heaven and Hell Sycorax, Prospero, and of course Caliban, are all taken from Shakespeare s The Tempest , a play about justice and the superiority of forgiveness over revenge That s all fairly heavy stuff, but it is fun to have real, instead of entirely fanciful, allusions in novels like this And Jack Tales are everywhere and essential reading for any folklorist The Stingy Jack tale in this book is an exceptionally fine version of one of the foundational Jack tales And so it goes slews of literary and folktale Easter eggs hidden throughout the book Of course, you can skip all of that if you care to, since the double threaded story is fine as is.My upshot was that I enjoyed this muchthan the first spinoff, The Dreaming I don t know how Sandman Universey it is, but this novel was great fun to read, rewarding on close examination, and, it almost goes without saying, a pleasure to look at Please note that I received a free advance will self destruct in x days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.I should have known after the summary started with This is the one true tale of what befell the Prince of Lies that it was going to be like this, but I had to give it a chance I was going to call it a DNF after issue 3, but then I decided to at least look at the artwork for the rest of the issues and I ended up reading about the last half of issue 6 so I guess I read slightlythan half of this comic From what some other reviewers are I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.I should have known after the summary started with This is the one true tale of what befell the Prince of Lies that it was going to be like this, but I had to give it a chance I was going to call it a DNF after issue 3, but then I decided to at least look at the artwork for the rest of the issues and I ended up reading about the last half of issue 6 so I guess I read slightlythan half of this comic From what some other reviewers are saying I don t think it would have made muchsense if I had read the whole thing.Mostly I just don t understand why they felt the need to entirely reboot the Lucifer character, and if they were going to then why do it in this way Not only did I have next to no idea what was actually happening, but Lucifer was not a compelling or likable main character in this AT ALL and yeah I know, he s Lucifer, but even when he was doing awful things in the original you were still always rooting for him at least a bit I suppose if you have never read the original Lucifer series by Mike Carey then you may find some value in this, but I found it pretentious and convoluted It is possible that it will get better in the next issue because a lot of the things I hated about the majority of this volume seem to be resolved at the very end, but the original Lucifer series is pretty much the best graphic novel series I have ever read and I don t see why they felt the need to erase all of that instead of continuing on from the end of it They could have easily ignored the shortly rebooted series from 2016, but to ignore Carey s work and take Lucifer back to only his Sandman beginnings is like saying we should all give up cars and go back to horse drawn carriages Ridiculous An excellent new chapter in Lucifer s story This one comes as part of the Sandman s Universe new series The creative team behind Lucifer Vol 1 The Infernal Comedy is a large one even when compared to the original series The writers behind this volume are Dan Watters, Neil Gaiman, Simon Spurrier, Kat Howard, and Nalo Hopkinson Lettering is delivered by Steve Wands and Simon Bowland, and colors by Dave McCaig and Mat Lopes, with art credits for Max and Sebastian Fiumara, Bilquis Evely, To An excellent new chapter in Lucifer s story This one comes as part of the Sandman s Universe new series The creative team behind Lucifer Vol 1 The Infernal Comedy is a large one even when compared to the original series The writers behind this volume are Dan Watters, Neil Gaiman, Simon Spurrier, Kat Howard, and Nalo Hopkinson Lettering is delivered by Steve Wands and Simon Bowland, and colors by Dave McCaig and Mat Lopes, with art credits for Max and Sebastian Fiumara, Bilquis Evely, Tom Fowler, and Dominike Stanton.As in the original series, the story line of this new chapter is anything but linear, jumping in time and space, from a multiverse kind of Heaven to a very particular and desolated little village, where Lucifer is now an old, blind man Developed from a mix of Christian mythology, some Shakespeare and a lot of Sandman s style narrative flair, the plot is suspenseful, bloody and intelligent, with a lot of satire, hence a proper one for none other than the Devil, Mr Lucifer Morningstar One of the great things about this jumping time line is that the artistic design, while not the drawing itself, adapts to the fragment of story we found ourselves in, reflecting the state and even the personality of the characters involved in that fragment This allows for a gorgeous display of styles, with color pallets reflecting moods and worlds, from the blues and greens of an old folks home that it s all but a old folks home to the oranges and browns of a decrepit island that could be Elba but is instead populated by souls unaware of their exile, and a vibrant multicolored place that it s as much Heaven as it is Hell.There are many things to like about this Infernal Comedy, however the story may seem a little convoluted at first, mostly because it opens with a sequence about the Dreaming which importance we only get to appreciate and fully understand later Importantly, for those unfamiliar with Gaiman s Sandman Universe, following the story will require extra patience, but it s well worth the effort Along the volume, as we get to see Lucifer present situation after his father has left creation the pace quickens forcing us to pay attention or else missing out a crucial detail In that sense, this new book maintains one of the most successful aspects of the original series the need, not only the pleasure, for total immersion in order to get everything there s on the pages to get.All things considered, this new chapter in Lucifer s story is a great start to this ongoing series and a good entry point for new readers, unfamiliar with story of this character, while it s also a great return to the character for preexisting fans This book was so decompressed it bored me to tears The first several issues just seemed to be random things happening with no connection, although it sort of eventually came together Of course, by that point I d already given up on this garbage The book also apparently has very little connection to any of the previous series Mahzikeen does appear but does nothing or to Lucifer from the Sandman comics to which I say Screw you, DC The art was solid though Received a review copy from DC an This book was so decompressed it bored me to tears The first several issues just seemed to be random things happening with no connection, although it sort of eventually came together Of course, by that point I d already given up on this garbage The book also apparently has very little connection to any of the previous series Mahzikeen does appear but does nothing or to Lucifer from the Sandman comics to which I say Screw you, DC The art was solid though Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. Disclaimer I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The story was kind of boring It never grabbed my attention enough to care about what was happening The art was good though. I was so pleasantly surprised by The Dreaming Vol 1 Pathways and Emanations that I kind of got my hopes up too much for this one Yeah, the new Lucifer book is not very good and I m really not sure why I didn t get through Mike Carey s run, nor did I read any other reboots of the series, so I can t say if my confusion comes from not being familiar with previous material or if it s just a sloppily written book by itself Either way, I really can t tell what happened in this volume It s kind I was so pleasantly surprised by The Dreaming Vol 1 Pathways and Emanations that I kind of got my hopes up too much for this one Yeah, the new Lucifer book is not very good and I m really not sure why I didn t get through Mike Carey s run, nor did I read any other reboots of the series, so I can t say if my confusion comes from not being familiar with previous material or if it s just a sloppily written book by itself Either way, I really can t tell what happened in this volume It s kind of a shame really, because for the first few issues I was at least digging the story of a guy who lost his wife and had a brain tumor a sort of Lovecraftian descent into madness type of horror story that didn t feel original but was still very atmospheric and overall not that bad Then that storyline went some places that I cannot explain Lucifer s storyline, on the other hand, was confusing and messy throughout, which is really not good in a book where he s supposed to be the main character So yeah, I d say skip this one, but definitely get The Dreaming instead I got this volume as an eARC along with Volume One of The Dreaming , which means I sampled half of the new Sandman Universe story arcs released to celebrate the series 30th anniversary.Lucifer Morningstar was one of my favorite original Sandman characters, even though he only plays a pretty minor role in the original run DC went on to create a quite successful spin off around his character, and I guess that must be required reading, because I m not familiar with it yet and honestly have n I got this volume as an eARC along with Volume One of The Dreaming , which means I sampled half of the new Sandman Universe story arcs released to celebrate the series 30th anniversary.Lucifer Morningstar was one of my favorite original Sandman characters, even though he only plays a pretty minor role in the original run DC went on to create a quite successful spin off around his character, and I guess that must be required reading, because I m not familiar with it yet and honestly have no idea what the fuck I just read The summary at the back of the volume says that Lucifer s son Caliban is the only one who can prevent the end of the world but there are absolutely no allusions in these pages that suggest that the world is in need of saving What Lucifer is no longer Lord of Hell, but a destitute beggar with no recollection of how he ended up in that position, trapped and tormented in some strange village surrounded by buried statues he digs out His eyes have been picked, but he grows them back A LAPD detective who recently lost his wife to a brain tumor is trying to make sense of some secrets she seems to have kept during their marriage he ends up with a brain tumor too, which enables him to see demons, and he decides he must kill Lucifer because of it, I guess There s also a witch coven that needs a third, a mother, to be complete, William Blake is involved for some reason, and some guy Lucifer tricked and damned to eternity outside of Heaven or Hell who is now out for revenge Oh, and the mysterious village turns out to be on the skull of the witch Sycorax, mother of Caliban That just now may have possibly been a major plot spoiler, but since I was completely lost while reading this, I couldn t tell you with any certainty I also think that there must have been some sort of flashbacks through out, because Lucifer repeatedly goes from looking like an unkempt homeless man to a chiseled David Bowie I honestly don t know if Watters is a lousy story teller or if he just throws the reader in the deep end, assuming one s familiar with all the spin off material, which is why I m having a really hard time rating this I may just have been the entirely wrong audience for it, not familiar with enough character backstory, William Blake poetry, mythology and or Shakespeare plays to get it The art was very nice, but I didn t enjoy reading this, it was a convoluted mess of a story that made no sense to me and offered no satisfying pay off at the end I won t be checking out anyof the Sandman Universe story arcs after this Note I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review My other reviews 01 Preludes Nocturnes 02 The Doll s House 03 Dream Country 04 Season of Mists 05 A Game of You 06 Fables and Reflections 07 Brief Lives 08 Worlds End 09 The Kindly Ones 10 The Wake Overture Endless Nights The Dream Hunters Death The Deluxe Edition The Sandman Universe The Dreaming Pathways and Emanations All my book reviews can be found here Buy on BookDepository 3.5As I finally begin my Sandman Universe storylines I found myself starting with The Dreaming and Lucifer I must say Lucifer is a strange beast as I picked up the original omnibus series and I m unsure if this is going to be a direct follow up storyline to that or not The Sandman original series by Gaiman is often held with praise but it s a daunting appearance when you have never read the series I thought this Sandman Universe upgrade would be a great jumping on point but I ve found myself 3.5As I finally begin my Sandman Universe storylines I found myself starting with The Dreaming and Lucifer I must say Lucifer is a strange beast as I picked up the original omnibus series and I m unsure if this is going to be a direct follow up storyline to that or not The Sandman original series by Gaiman is often held with praise but it s a daunting appearance when you have never read the series I thought this Sandman Universe upgrade would be a great jumping on point but I ve found myself lost with all the characters Lucifer is not a bad book but it s a little slow and uneventful for an opening series I m not looking to abandon ship as the story is interesting and it seems to hitting a point for the next arc Why the 3.5 While I was confused with the world and the players, it was still an interesting book Dan Watters has been a consistent writer and tends to have a slow burning style I won t deny this was tough to read and I m very surprised they chose such slow developing storylines out of the gate I ll reserve the judgement later on if the series goes nowhere but for now I m trusting them This won t appeal to everyone and had I not purchased the floppies, I may have skipped this for a fewyears I m jumping onto Book of Magic next and I ll soon get a sense if this series is for me I ve never read the Mike Carey Lucifer series or seen the TV show and I ll probably never do either now so I don t know if it s because I m so unfamiliar with the character and his story couldn t tell you if this is a continuation of the previous books or a reboot or whether Dan Watters is just that incompetent a storyteller but I had absolutely no fucking idea what was going on in Lucifer, Volume 1 The Infernal Comedy It s not a good sign when you get to the end of the book, read the blur I ve never read the Mike Carey Lucifer series or seen the TV show and I ll probably never do either now so I don t know if it s because I m so unfamiliar with the character and his story couldn t tell you if this is a continuation of the previous books or a reboot or whether Dan Watters is just that incompetent a storyteller but I had absolutely no fucking idea what was going on in Lucifer, Volume 1 The Infernal Comedy It s not a good sign when you get to the end of the book, read the blurb and don t recognise the summary as reflective of what you ve just read I got that Lucifer was no longer King of Hell for some reason but 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