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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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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
Airiz C
Aug 03, 2011 Airiz C rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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 4 of 5 stars
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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
I really hope I've picked the right volumes :D

Be careful what you wish for. Or more exactly, what those around you wish for. You might be surprised what can happen to you when other wish you that.
Fine start of a story.

It always warms my heart when especially strong sentence is used to end a story/chapter, leaving reader wanting more.

I'm fond of the piano moments.
And I found the story about two girls (and devil) absolutely divine.
Benjamin Shehu
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
Daryl Nash
I had expected to like this book more. It was talky without being especially profound, often falling to the old comic book error of describing something in detail in the caption which is pictured in the artwork. Carey does a pretty good job in making Lucifer an interesting character, but most of the book focuses on other minor characters who just aren't that interesting. I got the rest of the trades cheaply so I plan on giving the series a few more chances since others' reviews have been mostly ...more
The Vertigo line of DC Comics tapped writer Mike Carey to breather life into tales of the former ruler of Hell. Having abdicated the throne to run a downtown LA bar, Lucifer Morningstar finds his retirement interrupted with a task from Heaven. Sent to uncover the entity granting wishes across the area, Lucifer teams with a young girl to travel the Navajo pathways. With a reward of his choosing up for grabs, the trickster will use every resource at his disposal to win the day. The second act intr ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Cole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Sandman
Mike Carey does a good job of keeping the feel consistent from the Sandman series. Lucifer is a fun character: arrogant, uncompromising, and entirely unconcerned with god's creation. After all, it's not HIS.

Carey does angels very well, and gods very poorly, and he does ask you to suspend disbelief extensively - even for a comic book. But the story is a grand as the characters in it. I got completely sucked in.
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Meh. I loved Gaiman's take on the character of Lucifer, but this?...Meh. This story made me feel about the way I felt while reading Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series -- there was much eye-rolling, much exasperated sighing, and much wondering why people think clumsily reversing a dynamic from a classic narrative is somehow "innovative." I read many of these during the original run, i kept trying to give it a chance, but...meh.
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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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Lucifer (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned
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  • Lucifer, Vol. 6: Mansions of the Silence
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