Because Fox’s version of Lucifer premiers tomorrow, I figured I’d review the first two issues of Vertigo’s re-lauched comic. But first, some context which will contain some spoilers for a series that ended nearly nine-and-half-years ago.
I didn’t discover Mike Carey’s spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s version of Lucifer from Sandman until its final issue. I chanced across it while perusing comics at a store near the university where I was about to begin divinity school. So, when I heard that Holly Black, Lee Garbett, and Antonio Fabela were bringing the series back, I was intrigued.
Before I get into that, Comics Alliance has a good interview with the creators of this new series, and, ETA, writer Holly Black has this to say about the blending of genres that frames this first narrative arc:
I think noir works really well, because it’s already a genre about moral ambiguity. Noir detectives come to their jobs disillusioned, often having been in a war — and what war is bigger than the war in Heaven? — and yet, they discover that despite that disillusionment, they can still be surprised by new and unexpected awfulness.