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Lucifer #47

February 17, 2004

Quick Rating: Below Average
Title: The Winnowing (Wire, Briar, Limber Lock Part One)

The immortals are being forced out of Lucifer’s realm… but at what cost?

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

This is the third issue in a row of Lucifer that I’ve reviewed, and it’s the third story that has no apparent connection to its predecessors. (And Lucifer himself has shown up in about three panels – Carey used him more in last month’s Hellblazer comic.) Instead of continuing “The Stitchglass Slide” from last issue (which the book promises to return to next month and which I actually found quite interesting) this starts a new storyline. The immortals are being driven from Lucifer’s new realm, and chaos ensues.

The problem here is that in three issues we’ve had three stories and no real sense of what’s going on or why. Carey is jumping around way too much for this title and even when he touches on a really clever idea, like last month’s “Stitchglass Slide,” he doesn’t stick to it long enough and instead goes off to another story, such as this issue which includes a demonic puppet show and a twisted retelling of “Hansel and Gretyl,” among other things.

Gross and Kelly’s artwork isn’t top-notch in this issue either. The heads are blocky and the faces are squished down, and everybody in this issue looks generally unpleasant.

Carey is a very good writer – his My Faith in Frankie is one of the most original miniseries I’ve read in years – but his work on Lucifer is too scattershot and disjointed. I look forward to next month’s return to the story I liked last month, but this is a book that needs some sort of unifying thread to hold it together, or I’ll never be able to recommend it more than one month at a time.

Rating: 4/10

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