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Lucifer: Morningstar [Paperback]

M. J. Carey , Peter Gross , Ryan Kelly , Colleen Doran , Michael William Kaluta
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25 Aug 2006 Lucifer
Exploding from the pages of Neil Gaiman's multi-award winning Sandman comes the latest chapter in the former ruler of Hell's extraordinary existence, as Lucifer continues his quest to break free of God's influence and forge his own destiny. The war between the forces of Heaven and Hell finally erupts into a full-scale siege of the Silver City. As Fenris advances on the primum mobile, God's seat of power, intent on destroying everything, Lucifer must look to old allies and enemies alike to save both his own creation and God's...but at what cost? This tenth volume in this acclaimed series weaves multiple narratives into a complex and gripping ongoing story. Warning: Adults Only!


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762933
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best mainstream comic currently being published..." - Jockey Slut"

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Mike Carey is the writer of Titan's Inferno, and is the scribe of Hellblazer and the forthcoming Wetworks series. Peter Gross is well known for his work on The Books of Magic and Faerie. Colleen Doran is the acclaimed writer/artist of A Distant Soil and penciller of Orbiter. Michael Wm. Kaluta is a fantasy artist whose work has appeared in Sandman.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top-notch fantasy 21 Oct 2006
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I've been following the Lucifer graphic novel series for a couple of years now, and the is the penultimate edition. It is also one of the best. Like many such things, Lucifer started strong, lulled in the middle but then returned to form by the end. Characters established early in the series play prominant roles in the twists and turns of this gripping story involving the fate of creation (three of them, in fact), which as one reviewer has noted, would serve as an effective end to the series as it is. The characterisation is excellent, with the titular character showing both dependence and manipulation in equal measure. We even get a conversation with God. Can you ask for anymore?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second to last book of the series, but contains events which could easily be described as the climax.

Mike Carey has written an astonishingly well thought out and imaginative epic which, in my opinion, has outstripped its roots (in Neil Gaiman's Sandman).

Carey (and his artistic collaborators) have sustained a narrative arc over 1000 pages of 'comic book' to produce a work which is worthy of the title 'Graphic Novel'.

My only complaint is that the last book will have to be damned special to top this one.

This series is beautifully drawn throughout with tight characterization, great dialogue and more than a few plot twists. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but please start at the beginning, this is not an appropriate place to join the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer: Vol 10: Morningstar 18 Aug 2012
By Faustus
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Book 10 of 11 in the Lucifer series. After a deeply emotional opening, picking up a thread that you may have thought done and dusted from one of the earlier books, the apocalyptic conclusion to the storm that has built around the Lightbringer for the past few books gets quickly underway. What follows is conflict on a grand scale. It's chaos unleashed in a place unprepared for it. Again.

While some fight for victory, some for honour, and some for the joy of fighting, Lucifer knows that to craft the new he must first destroy the old, and not just in the physical sense.
It could've turned into preachy theologizing but Carey avoids that, cleverly balancing the personal with the practical, the individual aspect with the mob mentality. It makes sense that it ends this way. Lucifer was never God's opposite; he was the thing that God could never be, grounded as he was by his own stagnant rules. Lucifer fights against predestination. He fights for freedom; not the human militant concept of freedom, the freedom of the individual will.

This penultimate volume is the focal end of the series. Vol 11 is the coda. That gives Carey the opportunity to concentrate on the story at hand, and leave the loose end gathering for another time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer: Morning Star 27 Aug 2009
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Along with all the Lucifer series. If you enjoyed the Sandman series, this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLIMACTIC END TO A BRILLIANT SERIES! 29 Aug 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
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"Lucifer: Morningstar" is the latest trade paperback collection and brings the long-running series to its apocalyptic conclusion. The book collects issues #62 - 69 of the celebrated Vertigo comic series and the climax to the war in Heaven storyline that has been running over the course of the last few collections. When Lucifer first came out back in 2000 I was quite skeptical. DC had dealt with tales of Heaven & Hell with titles like Swamp Thing and Hellblazer before but here was Hell's ruler in his own title. Well darned if DC didn't pull it off and deliver a fallen angel who managed to gain the sympathy of the reader.

As the book opens, Lilith, the first woman, and the architect of Heaven, is leading her children, the Lilim against the forces of The Silver City. God has disappeared and Lilith means to destroy his throne, the Primum Mobile, to prevent God from returning home. Meanwhile Lucifer gathers his own forces that include Lilith's daughter Mazikeen, and the human woman Elaine, herself now a divine power and maker of her own form of creation.

Lucifer visits Hell's new ruler, Christopher Rudd, in the hopes of convincing him toaid Heaven in their battle with Lilith. This puts Rudd in a sticky situation. His own goal is to eliminate the division between Hell and Heaven and do away with this class system. Think of him as a 60's, hippie commune leader! Rudd wants change but he also doesn't want to see Heaven, and all creation destroyed as Lilith does.

One element I love is Mike Carey's inclusion of the Fenris Wolf as an ally of Lillith. The Fenris Wolf is a Norse myth and he, or it is included as the last remnant of a forgotten pantheon of Gods, who has survived by accident as a force of pure destruction. A clever mix of Christian and pagan beliefs!

The battle is of epic proportions...making things like Infinite Crisis seem like an afternoon tea party. This isn't a battle for the world, but for all creation. Carey's depiction of the Almighty is interesting and a bit humorous in a dry way. He's certainly no burning bush! The art is uniformly great throughout and features the talents of Colleen Doran, Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, and Mike Kaluta. Kaluta's interlude piece is hilariously brilliant.

While the series does end the story doesn't. Many questions about the new order of Heaven, Hell, and the world itself are left unanswered for perhaps a later series. Carey's epic will remain one of the more talked about comics for many years to come and it will be interesting to see what he, or another writer, has in store for us in the future.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series... but not the end! 4 Sep 2006
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Carey's meditation on heaven, hell, will, creation, and responsibility reaches its conclusion -- but not its end -- as Lucifer fights in Heaven for a second time.

This is not the end of the series, however. There will be one more trade collecting the final issues 70-75, hopefully coming out soon.

Lucifer remains one of the finest works in comics, well worth checking out for those of you who enjoy deeply philosophical writing combined with tremendous storytelling and art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judgement day 30 July 2009
By Rorschach - Published on Amazon.com
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Again Mike Crey pulled off the feat to have a small stand-alone story that is like a prelude to the big story arc he finishes in this volume, only this time, it is at the beginning. Solomon the judge tries to pass an intricate judgement on a lot of bad people. But one of those is the Nazi skinhead guy from the story in volume 1 who has thoroughly repented and reformed himself since and therefore the "wheels of god" mechanism set in motion by Solomon does not work as intended.

Same happens in the big story arc. All sorts of characters try to pass final judgment on heaven, hell and generally all creation (one of them being the second child of the basanos whose beef is only with Lucifer) but in the end it is Yahweh himself who needs to decide what to do with his creation. Lilith and Elaine Belloc serve as "advocatus diaboli" and "advocatus dei" but as always, Lucifer finds a way to bend the rules a little bit, even in this final climax.

A truly masterful work of art.

If all this sounds too heavy, there is another stand-alone story for comic relief. Gaudium and Spera serving as Mephistopheles in a hilarious version of the "Dr. Faust" story. (Mike Carey is fond of Norse myths but he also seems to appreciate classical German literature ...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 4 Mar 2009
By Donnell Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pretty great book. This is pretty much the end of the series, even though there is a Vol. 11. Everything thus far comes to a head, with Lucifer, Elaine, and Lilith all in the forefront.

The ending is a bit.. predicable.. but the way it happens is fantastic. Usually I try to space the reading of these books out a bit, but I ended up reading this one all in one day.

All in all, Lucifer is a fantastic book series, and this is a fitting spiritual (no pun intended) sequel to Sandman.
5.0 out of 5 stars An all around great series 5 Nov 2013
By Alex Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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With out giving too much away, this is a great spin off of the SANDMAN graphic novels. I would say that while the writing is not quite the same, the level of quality and storytelling is on par with the SANDMAN series. The character LUCIFER is just as witty and clever as in the SANDMAN series, and that's a great thing. The auxiliary characters grow and develop over time too, which makes reading this series so enjoyable.

I would recommend this to any one who is a fan of the SANDMAN comics, or graphic novels. OR if you are into the Christian Occult (oxymoron?) this series has some interesting / though provoking ideas and concepts for the reader to consider.
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