Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lucifer Vol. 3 -- A Dalliance with the Damned

Lucifer Vol. 3 -- A Dalliance with the Damned
By Mike Carey, Peter Gross, & Ryan Kelly

Spotty and uneven. Missed opportunities. Flashes of excellence. Inconsistent. That's A Dalliance with the Damned.

For this volume to have a story as strong and interesting as the one in which Lucifer creates his own Garden of Eden and his own Adam and Eve is a shame, because the rest of it just doesn't rise to that story's level of excellence.

A few semi-standalones, such as the aforementioned Eden story, open up the volume, and they are, as noted, uneven at best. When they are good, they're outstanding, and when they're not they are entirely forgettable. (I can't even remember them now, and I only read them a few days ago.)

A three-parter set in hell feels like a space-filling diversion. Sure, the idea of a demon of hell taking a fancy to one of the damned is interesting, but we really don't care about the human character, and we certainly don't care about the political drama of the demons. Worse still, when Lucifer finally shows up in his own book, it's bland. About the only redeeming quality of this tale is that the human character may end up being interesting when all is said and done. Time will tell.

The final story is ... eh. What the hell was the point of the two human characters introduced here? Is it so we could see that Lucifer is a bastard? So that we don't get to like him too much? Whatever.

At least it ended on a nice cliffhanger that will hopefully set up some decent stories going forward.

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