Friday, September 16, 2005

Lucifer: Children and Monsters

Volume two of the acclaimed Lucifer series is where the series really starts to get good. I wasn't blown away by the first trade by any means and was kind of putting off getting the second installment in place of other trades. I got a nice discount on this trade at the Chicago convention, however, and opted to buy it when it was on sale to give the series another shot. The second trade collects the stories "Children and Monsters" as well as "The House of Windowless Rooms," which consist of Lucifer the comic #5-#13, a good-sized chunk of story. There are three artists on the series throughout this book: Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly and Dean Ormston, all of whom did a fine job. They were each confined to a single arc, which is nice for a story's consistency (which Marvel did at the end of Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men), Ryan Kelly only doing a single issue prequel to the "Children and Monsters" story. I actually liked the story "The House of Windowless" rooms a little better than the "Children and Monsters" story that the trade was named for, for the interesting villains, if anything. In this story, Lucifer travels to the...well, the House of Windowless Rooms, to retrieve his wings. In his absence, he assigns his lover, the demon Mazikeen, to watch over a gateway he has opened, the power of which draws many to it. There is a great battle that Mazikeen partakes in, while Lucifer maneuvers suavely through the delicate politics of the house he visits. In "Children and Monsters," it's Lucifer versus the angels of Heaven. Can't get much grander than that, eh? Of course, there's much more to it than that, but I wouldn't like to spoil anything. Seriously though, this is a great Fantasy book. The only qualm I have is the way the trade is put together, with the covers in a gallery in the back of the book. I got a little confused as to where one story ended and another began. But that certainly isn't the fault of Mike Carey, who writes a kick-ass Lucifer. Check out his Spellbinders series too, which I also loved.

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