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Lucifer #46

January 18, 2004

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: The Weaving (Stitchglass Slide Part I)

A young boy meets a creature that takes emotions and weaves remarkable things.

Writer: Mike Carey
Art: Peter Gross & Ryan Kelly
Colors: Daniel Vozzo
Letters: Jared Fletcher
Editor: Shelly Bond
Cover Art: Christopher Moeller
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo

While this is billed as the first issue of a new storyline, it’s still a book that could be somewhat daunting to new readers. The only word to describe this comic book is “bizarre,” but (public servant that I am), I did my best to decipher it. What I think I got was this: Lucifer, at some point in the previous 45 issues, created a new world of his own. In this world is a creature named Thole, who can take emotions and spin them into glass, weaving magnificent constructs that have a mystifying effect on those who come into contact with them based on whatever emotions they are built from. Thole’s purpose, as is the life-cycles of the Spinners, is to attract a mate with his weaving. When he has refuse emotions, things he does not need and cannot use, he discards them into a “slophole” into our own universe, which happens to lead to the attic of a very unhappy little boy in a very unhappy family.

The boy befriends Thole, and were it not for the ominous prologue of this issue one would suspect the title of heading to a classic children’s book formula where a child is whisked away to a magical land, meets strange and fascinating creatures, and has marvelous adventures before being returned home. This is a Vertigo book, though. This is a book named after Lucifer, of all people. It’s hard to imagine a happy ending.

This is a perplexing book, especially since the title character is reduced to what appears to be a subplot in this issue. People picking up this issue looking for the fallen angel will wonder why on Earth this book has his name on it – he’s barely there. For those panels he is there, he is endeavoring to eliminate immortals from his realm… does this apply to Thole? What do the two stories have to do with one another? No answers here – but then, this is just the first issue in the story.

Gross and Kelly do a wonderful job on the artwork in this issue. Thole’s world has a very fanciful, classical feel to it, and his weavings look like the works of magic they really are.

This is a fascinating story. The weak part is that Thole, thus far, is a much more fascinating character than Lucifer himself. Fortunately, there’s still time to turn that around.

Rating: 6/10

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