ARC Review: Lucifer, Vol. 1

Lucifer, Vol. 1Lucifer, Vol. 1 by Holly Black
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As this new series begins, God is dead—and Gabriel has accused Lucifer of His murder. Lucifer had motive and opportunity, but claims he can prove his innocence. If Gabriel finds the killer and takes the culprit into custody, Lucifer’s sins will be forgotten, and he’ll be welcomed back to the Silver City. So, despite the fact that Lucifer just opened a new nightclub on Earth and is hiding a mysterious wound, the two brothers set off to solve their Father’s murder. Their investigation will span Heaven, Hell, Earth, and beyond in this antagonistic buddy-cop noir with an angelic flare.

Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this graphic novel. On one hand, it is an interesting buddy cop scenario of Lucifer and Gabriel, but despite being the first volume in a series, I felt I was missing large parts of the backstory. It doesn’t help that it refers to Hellblazer at one point, and then I was left wondering about the universe that it is set in. Moreover, the chapters feel disparate and don’t flow well enough, and the last one comes out of nowhere with that demon kid and Satanism. It just didn’t come together well enough.

The artwork is, well satisfactory, though I must point out the Ken-doll-ness of the characters – that was a bit hilarious. It is gruesome and gory at some points, but not so horrific. The flaying was a bit, though. I think readers of the same universe would find it intersesting, because for newbies it is sort of confusing.

Received a free galley from DC Comics, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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