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Lucifer, Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway (Lucifer #1)

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From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Lucifer Morningstar, the former Lord of Hell, is unexpectedly called back into action when he receives a mission from Heaven. Given free reign to use any means necessary, Lucifer is promised a prize of his own choosing if he fulfills this holy request. But once he completes his mission, the Prince of Darkness' demand shakes the foundation of ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Vertigo (first published 2001)
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Mar 18, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite comic series, and I've read it at least 2-3 times before this, so I'm rather surprised that I haven't made some comment about it here on Goodreads yet.

I think this is probably my favorite comic work by Mike Carey, which is saying quite a bit, as he's also done Crossing Midnight and unwritten.

The tone of the series is very similar to Sandman. I don't mean that in any derogatory or derivative way. (Though I have a hard time imagining how a comparison to Sandman could be deroga
May 13, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very promising start
Gaiman's work have tons of his weirdness and charm and it's hard to write spin-off to his series and not look pale in comparison but so far it seems that Lucifer has potential to be as good if not better than Sandman.
Illustrator manages to maintain similar style to Sandman but with more detailed illustrations.I think that this is how Sandman series should have looked. This doesn't apply to last issue in this volume who's illustrations are just as bad as Sandman at it's worst.
Airiz C
Aug 03, 2011 Airiz C rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sandman fans, anyone interested in religion-related lit
LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR. Most of us know him as the Prince of Hell, formerly the angel Samael, proud Lightbringer of the Heavens. But you might as well include the first title as a thing of the past, because apparently Lucifer has resigned. Yes, folks, you heard that right: he’s quit.

That's at least according to the canon of Gaiman’s phenomenal graphic novel series, The Sandman. Establishing a continuity with Gaiman’s modern interpretation of the Devil, Mike Carrey crafts this spin-off following Luc
May 26, 2013 Forrest rated it liked it
Lucifer, Vol. 1 is not the best graphic novel I've read in the last year or so and not the worst. The artwork and production are, as one would expect from Vertigo, top notch. The stories included are good, but nothing like the other stuff I've been lucky enough to encounter in the last few months. Lucifer as a character - well, it's complicated, but not complicated enough to compel me to read the whole series. Still, there's a lot of potential for the retired prince of Hell. At times, I found hi ...more
May 31, 2010 Joseph rated it it was amazing
I recently reread Sandman, and while I do love it for its own sake, I must confess that my real reason for trekking through Gaiman's epic was to get to Carey's equally majestic, albeit much-less praised, story. Frankly, I'm not sure why that is, as in many ways, I think Lucifer surpasses its origin story. Both boast rich, and mostly independent cosmologies, but whereas for a significant part of its run, Sandman exists as a framework for Gaiman to write any kind of story he wants, Lucifer is surp ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
The art in the first half has a very painterly look to it - as if it's all been coloured in watercolour paint - which adds an airy, breezy quality to the pages. Which is a fascinating counterpoint to the menace that lies just beneath the surface of the interactions between characters.

The actual questing and action are almost beside the point in this book - or at least for me, they're not terribly compelling, compared with the mythology of heaven, hell, the world and humanity that Carey teases ou
Dec 17, 2015 Soorya rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This review is for all 11 volumes of Mike Carey's Lucifer, a side-quel to Neil Gaiman's Sandman.

Neil Gaiman gave Carey a very difficult task. Sandman: Season of Mists leaves Lucifer in a very strange place, and I really couldn't imagine what would happen from there on. Carey starts off aping Gaiman's style in the first arc, and that doesn't work well. But after that he breaks free of Gaiman's shadow and starts telling his own story, and it turns out to be a unique and compelling tale in its own
Jun 19, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Re-read this last evening (June 18, 2013) just for the hell of it (heh)
Good stories with nice art.

I especially liked the Bolton art from the first story.
Although using characters from the pages of Sandman, Carrey manages to weave original tales that transcend its origins. He characterizes Lucifer very well, he's an arognat ex-angel which likes to order people around... but you still can't keep from liking him.

I would lov to see how a meeting between him and Constantine would work out... two bada
Sep 12, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Mike Carey really knows how to write about magic. There are 2 storylines in this book. The first is kind of lackluster and slow-burning, without a huge payoff. But it's clear that we're just getting started. The second arc really takes off with a fantasy flare, showing just how sinister and deceitful Lucifer can be. Without Hell to manage, he's become a selfish, blonde, single-minded monster in a sharp suit. After all the fables that have been told about the devil, somehow this one still feels f ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
I think my major gripe was the inconsistency. I wish writers would not throw in some new rule right when a character needs the change. You create a world, stick to your own rules. Creativity is great but attempt some type of reasoning or smoothness. Otherwise, I liked this, holds a lot of promise. Lucifer is an extremely interesting character.
Dec 10, 2013 annik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
До Люцифера я добралась раньше, чем рассчитывала. В конце концов, когда представляется возможность подержать в руках отменное переводное издание в харде, кто я, чтобы отказываться? А самая забава наступила в тот момент, когда я читала Люцифера в метро, и ко мне подсела дама с толстенным талмудом, обложка которого гласила что-то вроде «Православные святые». Иронию оценила :)

Если уж мне полюбился Sandman, то и Люцифер должен был автоматом пролиться бальзамом на душу. Так и вышло, собственно, я все
"Lucifer" is a graphic novel that's a spin-off from Gaiman's incredibly popular "Sandman" series. As such, it shares a lot in common with Gaiman's re-envisioning of mythology. In "The Sandman: Seasons of Mist", Lucifer resigned from his post in Hell, had his wings cut off by Dream, and "retired" to host a nightclub called Lux where Lucifer plays his own piano.

This book and series picks up where that left off--in a story arc called "The Morningstar Option", opening with a visit from Amenadiel, a
Feb 13, 2012 Kateri rated it really liked it
I've been reading this series since a friend loaned the whole collection to me about three months ago. It's profoundly satisfying. Not only is Mike Carey an exceptional storyteller (I'm also a fan of his Unwritten series), but he weaves an enormous amount of diverse mythology into a complex arc. Basically perfectly. His characters are superb: sympathetic, alarming, funny, stubborn and striving for selfhood in the fiercest way. The slant on theology is fascinating. The artwork is stunning, and su ...more
Jan 27, 2008 joanna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: neil gaiman fans
Recommended to joanna by: Bro (Dave Kurimsky)
(my bro gave it to me for my b-day. gaiman's incarnation of lucifer as a piano-bar owner...classic...)

there were three stories and i liked the first one the most. then i got sort of confused (i think because there was a card-playing theme...i am befuddled by cards) i think mike carey did really well with the characterization and there were some amazing representations in the art. it's amazing how much you want to *like* lucifer when you read something like this! but you're reading happily and al
Sam Sobelman
Feb 02, 2012 Sam Sobelman rated it it was amazing
Holy moly, this was a great first volume to a series.

Mike Carey piqued my interest with his work on current comic "Unwritten", so I thought I should give his old opus a go. Following in the "literary comic" style of Gaiman's Sandman, "Lucifer" is a good slow burn. Every bit of dialogue, every character detail, every relationship is important. The world lives and breathes, and Heaven and Hell have never been more believable to me.

And yet, this volume couldn't be more exciting. The stakes are high
Alan Chen
Jul 31, 2015 Alan Chen rated it really liked it
Lucifer, based on the Sandman version, in fact the first 3 issues of this volume is part of the Sandman presents, sort of new stories from Gaiman's world, is pretty fracking awesome! It's nice to be back in the Sandman world with the gods, arc Angels, demons, and other precursor gods from older times. The story lines on complex with humanity as its pawns and it's all quite fun to read. The first 3 issues deal with God asking satan for a favor. There's a power unleashed that grants humans wishes. ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Ela rated it really liked it
I don't usually read or enjoy graphic novels but this was an exception to the rule.

The story centres around Lucifer, who having retired from his stressful position as Lord of Hell is enjoying a quite life running a piano bar. Mike Carey has done a great job with the dialogue and the illustrations grew on me.

This book was was funny, clever and intriguing; I could definitely be tempted to read volume number two.
Jul 10, 2015 Damon rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I keep picking this up and reading it again because I forgot that I had already read it. Now it is on my read list.
Nov 28, 2015 Miss rated it it was ok
man i am so glad i read this now and not ten years ago

ten years ago i would've known that this series is well liked and highly acclaimed and i would've picked up the next volume because it's supposed to be good right? and the library has it! i cannot waste this comics opportunity

happily i am now old and curmedgeonly enough to know that life is too short to read things i don't like. unless the rest of the series features an abrupt tonal shift -- and feel free to tell me if it does! -- i care far
Apr 19, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Devil in the Gateway suffers a bit from its own origin story. Mike Carey takes up a torch enthusiastically passed by Neil Gaiman, who's apparently been looking for someone to adopt Lucifer ever since his the character's first appearance in Sandman, but that hand-off leaves the Lord of Hell's own fascinating origin story off-limits and readers who meet Lucifer for the first time here somewhat mid-story. Not surprisingly, that means Carey's initial volume winds up doing the work you usually see in ...more
Apr 18, 2014 1000rpm rated it it was amazing
I just finished re-reading this series of 11 TPB graphic novels. It is a continuation of the events in the Sandman series of graphic novels, where Lucifer quits his Lordship of Hell (and hands the key to Dream, which causes him a lot of problems).
Lucifer sets up a piano bar in LA - well, why not? This is an innocuous start to a rollercoaster of massive events as Lucifer encounters all manner of entities from heaven, hell, The Endless, other Gods, demons, mages, psychopaths, nightclub performers
Luciana Darce
Mar 20, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing
Fiquei quase maluca quando vi que esse volume estava sendo relançado na coleção Sandman Apresenta da Panini. A concepção de Lúcifer, tal como criada por Gaiman ao longo de muitas de suas histórias (em especial no roteiro de Mistérios Divinos) é uma das melhores idéias que já li no papel. Destarte, reencontrar essa idéia tendo como centra o Anjo (porque tanto em Sandman como na outra obra citada, Lúcifer aparece apenas meio que de relance, não é realmente o protagonista) seria uma alegria.

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Boris Budeck
Mar 05, 2014 Boris Budeck rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Absolutely fantastic. The best depiction of Lucifer I ever read/saw, great story-telling and atmosphere. I might say it's at least as good as the Sandman series it derives from, maybe even better. Lucifer is a much more vivid and intriguing character than Morpheus.

Only thing I couldn't fully enjoy is the drawing style, it suits the story but is kinda old fashioned and sometimes rough. I personally would have prefered a more artistic style, closer to oil painting or something like that. But it is
Robb Bridson
Feb 13, 2014 Robb Bridson rated it really liked it
One of the most enduring and beloved antiheroes of all time, Lucifer has appeared in films, TV shows, countless books, epic poetry, folk myth, religious texts, and your nightmares; portrayed by such legends as George Burns, Peter Cook, Al Pacino, and that dark voice in the back of your skull. It almost seems like a starring role in a comic book was long overdue by the 2000s, but late beats never.

Lucifer is depicted as a cold, scheming bastard, as you'd expect. Since retiring from rule over Hell,
Aug 06, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, manga-comic
The start of an excellent series.

As with The Sandman series, there are a lot of characters, plot lines, and side stories. Devil in the Gateway introduces several keys character and lays the foundation for the main storyline. While Lucifer was introduced in The Sandman: Season of Mists, but he had a limited, if interesting, role to play. Here we already get a much better feel for his character and style. I'd go so far to say he's less another incarnation of "Luficer" the literary stock character
30 December 2012

Rating: * * 1/2

I really wanted to like Lucifer, Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway more than I did. Perhaps I'm too simpleminded to grasp its appeal because it has mostly glowing reviews. Alas, I'm a dumdum and did not enjoy it as I wish I had. It sounded so promising: A spinoff of the Lucifer created by the almighty Neil Gaiman in The Sandman.

There were parts in the first and last story that were interesting, but the writing felt mostly contrived. It takes big cajones to take on the t
Oct 20, 2008 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
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Glen Engel-Cox
Nov 25, 2014 Glen Engel-Cox rated it really liked it
It takes some arrogance, worthy of the Prince of Lies himself, to claim, as this book does, that the book is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg. I would think that, at the very least, John Milton might have some prior claim on the creation of Lucifer, the fallen angel, but in the legal shenanigans of the comic world, what that claim is actually revealing is that this graphic novel is a spin-off from Gaiman's incredibly popular Sandman series. As such, it ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Caleb rated it really liked it
Lucifer as incarnate in the pages of The Sandman was a captivating and compelling figure during his brief appearances. In the pages of his own series his appeal has only increased. Cold, calculating, cunning and ruthless, there is definite appeal in an anti-hero beyond redemption.

This first volume looks to be more about setting the scene and gallery of characters who will be coming along for the ride in Lucifer. All three stories that feature have their merits but for me 'Six Card Spread' was t
Benjamin Shehu
Feb 11, 2014 Benjamin Shehu rated it really liked it
A fantastic take on Lucifer, the fallen one, and his stance towards both god and Michael his brother. A tale that both adds to the meaning of Sandman, but draws heavily from it too.

While retired, Lucifer undertakes a job from Heaven, which grants him a letter of passage. This sets the universe on course for its end, and results with a new Creation, Lucifer's one, the death of Michael, but also the transfer of his powers into Elaine Belloc and of course Yahwehs quitting of his role, leaving his p
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storyli
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Other Books in the Series

Lucifer (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Lucifer, Vol. 2: Children and Monsters
  • Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned
  • Lucifer, Vol. 4: The Divine Comedy
  • Lucifer, Vol. 5: Inferno
  • Lucifer, Vol. 6: Mansions of the Silence
  • Lucifer, Vol. 7: Exodus
  • Lucifer, Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath the Tree
  • Lucifer, Vol. 9: Crux
  • Lucifer, Vol. 10: Morningstar
  • Lucifer, Vol. 11: Evensong

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