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Lucifer: Inferno Paperback – 21 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840238275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840238273
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mike Carey is the writer of Titan's Inferno, a version of Dr. Faustus, 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 The Books of Faerie. Craig Hamilton has worked on such titles as Aquaman, Starman and other titles in the Sandman series.

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The first part of this TPB concludes the Divine Comedy as Lucifer descends once more to hell to face his `duel' with Amandiel.
Weakened by the events told in the earlier book and assailed by his many enemies, Lucifer needs all his cunning to survive the contest.
Meanwhile, Mazikeen attempts to restore Lucifer to his full strength as she pursues his enemy across many hellish leagues, only to find her own fate lies at the end of the road.
It is, perhaps, surprising that a creation of such indomitable will and scant regard for others should arouse such devotion from his allies. His affection (if such it is) is hard won and his pride is such that he can barely suffer to be in another's debt even if his existence depends upon it.

Three of the four issues are by the regular team of Gross & Kelly with one issue provided by guest artist Craig Hamilton. Hamilton does a creditable job on the issue, retaining the tone of Gross & Kelly's work, but with hints at John Bolton and David Jackson's work on "Father Shandor, Demon Stalker".

This leads in to the final part of the book, the two-part `Come to Judgement', but before then we have another delightful vignette from regular alternative artist Dean Ormston. In `Bearing Gifts', late-night shop-keeper Mr Al-Dabagh discovers that sometimes sacrifices are worth making.

`Come to Judgement' is a short story that sets the scene for the next volume and, with the inclusion of Viking mythology it also marks a change in tone for the series, which now becomes more akin to the Books of Magic. Humour is at the fore again in the sub-plot which sees an ancient investigator take up the case of a murdered schoolgirl and follows a trail that leads him to Gaudium and the ancient evil of the Jin En Mok.
The book is still highly entertaining, but the second half is certainly a little anti-climactic after the events in `Inferno'.
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Book 5 of 11 in the Lucifer series. The four-part storyline that opens this volume closes a deal made in Vol 2: Children and Monsters (2001). Some secondary characters find the event fortuitous, believing it the perfect opportunity to gain favour with one side or the other. It gives writer Mike Carey a chance to further develop threads from previous books, and once more stress that Lucifer can rely just as well on his wits as on his powers; for power is useless without the knowledge of when to best use it.

A large part of this volume feels like an interlude, a time of rest and recuperation before Lucifer can fulfil the promise he made himself in the previous book.

Carey's multifaceted narratives work best when they have a large cast to entwine themselves in; this one is lessened by those deep interrelations being removed as everyone is separated by duty. The closings, the side-events and the setting up of a new arc are all dependent on your enjoyment of the previous books, and as such this feels disjointed and stitched together haphazardly. The stories are strong in characterisation but structurally messy when collected together in a trade; the format highlights its own artificial nature. In single issues they'd have worked much better.

The book collects together Lucifer issues 29 - 35
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OK so Lucifer has lost his power and has returned to Effrul to fight Amenadiel in simgle combat. Of course this being Mike Carey's (or Neil Gaiman's depending how you look at it) Lucifer will honour his promise and turn up on time. The hosts of hell have arrived to see Hell triumph over Heaven - but things look bleak.
Elsewhere Mazikeen is looking for the feathers that hold Lucifer's power witihin them.Susano-O-No-Mikoto is aware of what is going on and plays a dangerous game.
I cannot tell you too much - as it would ruin the story - but they don't call Lucifer the King of Liers for nothing and the story is engeneously played out for us.
At the end there are more Angels against God than when we started, and Micheal is still looking for a way to resurrect his daughter.
Does Lucifer come back into his power? Buy it and see - you won't be dissapointed, but you MUST read the previous books first.
First class fantasy in a comic 10/10.
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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 An all around great series 5 Nov. 2013
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect transaction and packaging!! 3 Nov. 2013
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one of the best comic books ever. I just concluded my collection of volumes with this one. plenty of time to spend on
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the good stuff 15 May 2013
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Wonderful reading and a great story line. When you find something that you like to read, and the artwork is right, you just gotta get it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basanos' mega saga is pure genius 15 Sept. 2006
By R. Benardes - Published on
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With the four part story arc titled Inferno, ends one of the most ambitious and extraordinary dark fantasy sagas of modern fantasy.

Comprising of about thirty two numbers that began on the first trade The Devil in the Gateway, Carey's epic of power and ambition ranks among the best theological/urban/dark fantasies ever written.

Carey is a master of continuity, allusion, indirectness and oblique multilayered narrative, metaphor and arcane religious symbolism.

Like the majority of comic book writers, Carey's visual imagination(sometimes disturbingly surreal) and plotting are strong, unlike them his attention for style, characterization, tone and atmosphere is remarkable.He is a literate who chose the comic book medium to express his vison about power, arrogance and ambition.

It's the many levels of significance that puts Lucifer apart of other comics books.

I wouldn`t do the book justice if I didn`t mention the excellent artwork and coloring of the artistic team.Regular artists Peter Gross (story arcs) and Dean Ormston (single issues)did an excellent job; the equally excellent artist Chris Weston left the book early.

Gross` drawings on the first issues seems to me rather crude and sketchy but in later issues gets much better.Ormston's disturbingly creepy gothic drawings gives the perfect mood for the single issues, I love his work.The colour pallete is rich; sometimes dark and moddy, sometimes bright and colourful.

For the true conoissieurs Lucifer is an indipensable comic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Duel, The Wings, The Loan 17 Mar. 2006
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Inferno marks the conclusion of a major story arc: whatever happened to those blasted wings of Lucifer? Last seen in the possession of Susano-O-No-Mikoto, they left the battlefields as the Basanos committed suicide, apparently into the mists of time (or whatever passes for cryptic walking- off- into- the- sunset in Lucifer's world anyway.)

Lucifer duels with Amenadiel - that duel promised in Lucifer #2, Children And Monsters (p.196), but sends his deputy to deal with the wings. Along the way, she meets... someone from her past. A Lilum like herself, which would technically make the union incest, but hey, this is 'Lucifer', after all, and there are no taboos.

The duel fought and won (sort of, on a technicality), Lucifer ends the book by taking on a loan from Loki, setting the stage for Lucifer #6: Mansions of the Silence.

As usual, there's a kooky laugh-at-it story within this collection as well: look out in particular for the bizarre-bittersweet "Bearing Gifts", with Dean Ormston's distinctive art.
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