It’s San Diego Comic-Con and you know what that means: a ton of announcements. Here’s one that actually unexpected and unusual: Vertigo, the more adult imprint of DC Comics, will be publishing twelve new titles in the fall, one of which is a new Lucifer comic.
Lucifer was a spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman that originally started in 2000 and ended in 2006, going on for 75 issues. All of those issues were written by Mike Carey (now the author of the critically acclaimed horror novel The Girl With All the Gifts). The comic (or, rather, the character) has now been adapted into a TV show on Fox with Tom Ellis as the titular character.
The comic will be made by writer Holly Black and artist Lee Garbett. The LA Times has a synopsis of what the new Lucifer comic will be about:
Black and Garbett’s ongoing “Lucifer” series will find God dead and the erstwhile lord-of-Hell-turned-nightclub-impresario accused of the murder by no less than his own angelic brother, Gabriel. If Lucifer can prove his innocence, not only will his sins be forgotten – but he’ll be welcomed back into the Silver City.
So that’s interesting.
It looks like the new Lucifer comic may not actually follow the old one in continuity, since the old comic ended with-
MAJOR SPOILERS DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE LUCIFER COMIC
God having left creation, with Elaine Belloc becoming the new God. And then in the end, Lucifer himself leaves the universe behind. Perhaps he returned and how has to investigate Elaine’s death? Or perhaps the new series is a completely different continuity and will more closely line up with the Lucifer television show.
In any case, I like Holly Black’s writing, so I’m excited.
Other new Vertigo titles include: The Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke (holy crap yes), Clean Room by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt, and Survivors’ Club by Lauren Beukes (why are all these great horror writers writing comics now? not that I’m complaining), Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly.
I can’t wait.