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Lucifer #48

March 13, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: The War (Stitchglass Slide Part Two)

Thole the weaver finds a mate.

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

With this issue Mike Carey concludes the intriguing “Stitchglass Slide” storyline begun in issue 46 and skipped over last month for the far less intriguing “Wire, Briar, Limber Lock.” In part one, the weaver named Thole accidentally brought a young human boy through the portal into Lucifer’s realm just as he began preparations to find a mate. This issue, he finds her, and she turns out to be a far less pleasant mate than one may hope for.

Uuna is harsh and cruel, and her interest in Thole’s human friend is far from healthy. The story spirals towards a brutal, inevitable conclusion that, thankfully, does seem to finally come around to the larger arc of the story After reviewing for issues of this title, though, I have to ask long-time readers of the book, does Lucifer ever actually show up in this series?

Gross and Kelly do nice artwork in this issue, making Thole look small and awkward while Uuna looks bulky and imposing – almost like a nastier version of Paul Chadwick’s Concrete. The violent conclusion of the issue is nasty and bloody, and visually, it works very well all around.

The only real problem with this issue is that, even after a few months, I have no idea what this comic book is about. The title character is a constant no-show, the stories bound around without any connection to each other, and when Mike Carey does strike upon an interesting idea like the weavers, he shatters the flow with unnecessary side stories. This is a pretty good issue, but all in all, I’m not a fan of this series.

Rating: 7/10

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