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Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned (Lucifer #3)

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From the pages of Neil Gaiman's multi award-winning Sandman series...Lucifer has been busy - creating a universe of his own, in fact, something that has caused ripples and attracted the attention of forces both Above and Below. Join our anti-hero as he journeys to a strange, 18th-century flavoured hell, full of intrigues and back-stabbing; as we meet a poor sinner who is r ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Vertigo
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 03, 2012 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Very gripping. some twisted little side plots, all sorts of intrigue in hell, and an awesome chance for Lucifer to play out a new take on the garden of Eden story. Also, everyone wants a piece of Lucifer's new Creation so things seem to be working towards a Season Of Mists sort of scenario. I'm not sure how I feel about that - Season Of Mists was stunning in concept and execution - right up until the too-easy resolution. I hope Carey takes this in a different direction, and Lucifer's seeming dis ...more
Airiz C
Norman Mailer once said that The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman is a “comic book for intellectuals”. If ever he’d read the Lucifer graphic novels by Mike Carey, I bet he’d say the same comment about it.

A Dalliance with the Damned is the third volume that chronicles the adventures of the Lightbringer from the pages of The Sandman, Lucifer Morningstar. For the majority of this tome, the dashing devil takes the backseat while the readers are “toured” further in Carey’s well-crafted universe and deep
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Feb 06, 2016 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, vertigo
The first arc in this volume, "Triptych", was actually pretty good. But then, sadly, it all went to hell (literally). And I have to give Mike Carey some credit here, not every writer can write hell in such a boring way. Basically all that happens there is some murderer gets to boink a babe with huge knockers for a couple of issues, and then there is a party. I'm not even joking.

Lucifer is very badly written. The dialogue is so stale and so lifeless, the book actually feels much more dated than S
Alan Chen
Aug 01, 2015 Alan Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Lucifer has created a kingdom of his own born through the death of the archangel Michael and everyone wants a piece of it. Elaine, the archangel's daughter, born through a scheme of another powerful, travels to Effrul in search of her dead friend. Effruel is a kindgom in hell modeled after ancient England, replete with its own aristocracy. Malcontents are prepared to ensnare Lucifer during his next visit and is preparing for their own. Mazikeen, consort and Lucifer's lieutenant , is seeking help ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Raj rated it liked it
This volume of everybody's favourite anti-hero contains three apparently unrelated triptychs, a story of what's going on in Hell and a short after-story where Michael confronts Lucifer again.

This volume didn't really do an awful lot for me. The three triptychs were interesting, the first being being Mazikeen's story of trying to "fix" her face. After being an almost-illegible face in a mask for two volumes, it's nice to see her get fleshed out a bit, and her story is taken up again in the final
Apr 06, 2011 Sonja rated it it was amazing
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Nicholas Kaufmann
Feb 18, 2014 Nicholas Kaufmann rated it it was amazing
Mazikeen goes looking for a new face, Elaine goes looking for her ghost friend Mona, and Lucifer goes looking for trouble in Effrul in this third trade collection. As a series, LUCIFER just keeps getting better and better. Mike Carey has written something really special.
May 31, 2010 Joseph rated it really liked it
I'll confess that I don't particularly care about Christopher Rudd and his adventures in Hell. For me, at least, it's the low point of the series, as there's just so little at stake watching a bunch of demons stabbing each other in the back.

It's a shame too, because this volume really gives Mazikeen a chance to shine, and it also contains Lucifer's first attempt at creation. And what a great idea that is. Lucifer, as a character, has always been opposed to God, but how often has he actually been
Aug 16, 2015 J. rated it really liked it
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Christopher Reynolds
May 05, 2015 Christopher Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Lucifer is mostly a side-show for a lot of this volume, so your enjoyment will largely depend on how the individual stories fit your tastes. For me I think it's possibly the best individual volume, partly because I think it's how Lucifer works best: an all-powerful presence who isn't strictly the protagonist, whose machinations affect the lives of the people the story is centered around.

The volume kicks off with a triptych of side stories which are all really good. The first two develop Mazikeen
Daniel Roy
Jan 06, 2016 Daniel Roy rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
An fascinating if somewhat anticlimactic entry in the Lucifer saga.

I had no idea where things would go after the events of Volume 2, but here they feel strangely in-between two major plot points. Lucifer has made his move, so we have time now to return to side-characters and spend a lot of time getting to know characters that Lucifer himself barely notices.

What I did love about this volume is the world building. Not only were the Lilim very interesting and a nice addition to the mythos, but the
Annette Jordan
Jul 31, 2015 Annette Jordan rated it really liked it
Mazikeen seeks out her own kind, the Lilim, children of Lilith and becomes their war leader . Lucifer recreates creation as an experiment and Elaine visits the world of dream and from there travels to hell. A dalliance with the damned sees an uprising among the Lords of Hell, ostensibly in Lucifer's name,while the daughter of one of the Lords gets more than she bargained for when she begins a dalliance with one of the souls of the damned who teaches her more about pain and suffering that she wou ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Lucifer 3.0: in which the damned duel, Maze finds her power, and the Lord of Hell tries his hand at a little Edenic one-upmanship.

After a somewhat weak initial volume, Carey's series has taken flight, and he's definitely not coasting. The storytelling remains episodic, and we skip seemingly haphazardly from thread to thread until eventually a pattern emerges. Spoiler alert: the pattern is Lucifer being an utterly brilliant and unmovable bastard giving the Almighty the finger while around him ch
Jan 26, 2014 Caleb rated it it was amazing
In this third trade paperback A Dalliance With the Damned the momentum of this series begins to pick up. This collection addresses the concerns I raised after volume 2 that the supporting characters weren't getting enough room to develop with the stories here giving them that space.

In the trio of stories that make up the 'Triptych' arc we get the narrative moving for Mazikeen, Elaine and Lucifer's new creation. We begin to get a sense of their own motivations beyond Lucifer's thrall and where 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
Dec 05, 2015 Darrell rated it really liked it
“It’s like one day you wake up and realize the sky isn’t really there. It was just painted on the outside of your window.”

There are several short stories in this volume and Lucifer is largely absent. Mazikeen tries to recover her face, Elaine searches for the ghost of her best friend Mona, Lucifer creates a man and woman along with a garden in his new universe (who invited that snake?), and a couple humans from Salt Lake City travel to Los Angeles, drawn by the gate.

The main storyline concerns t
Apr 18, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Much has been said regarding the "mundanity of evil": the idea that grotesquely despicable acts can be all the more horrifying when those that commit them do so with the distracted air of disinterested bureaucrats. There's another level beyond that; the "crushing monotony of evil". At this extreme, we move from having no investment in evil acts to actually finding them wearyingly dull. "Do I have to go work in the concentration camp today? "Can't I stay in bed?"

The residents of Effrul and its ne
Nov 02, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite characters from the Lucifer series makes his first appearance in this volume, namely damned soul Christopher Rudd, a long dead sword-and-ettiquette instructor who spent his first few centuries in Hell praying to God. He's in Hell for a good reason, but still seems to have held on to his faith and may very well be a decent human being. Of course, this doesn't stop him from starting to climb the ladder of Hell's hierarchy when he is, by chance, pulled out of his punishment to be ...more
The monstrous children of Lilith, forever denied the Garden of Paradise despite their lack of relation to original sinners Adam and Eve, mount a war of rebellion and conquest in this dramatic and occasionally risque tale. This goal gets its spark the moment Mazikeen decides to get her face back in "Triptych 1: The Seeds of Time" as she sought her brothers and sisters, gets judged on her misdeeds and becomes the war leader of the exiled Children of Lilim in the process.

We take a break with "Trip
Jun 14, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
A Dalliance with the Damned is the first "interlude" collection, a lull in the action following the events from Children and Monsters. This collection, smaller than its predecessor, first serves up a trio of one-shot issues focusing on, respectively, Mazikeen and Briadach of the Lilim, Elaine, and concluding with an alternate take on Genesis. The stories intersect to a degree, but each stands on its own and serves and serves to maneuver everyone into position for grander things to come.

Luciferi ennast näeb suht-koht vähe, aga väga äge on, kuidas iga liin lõpuks ikkagi tähtsaks osutub ja iga asi omale kohale istub ja Lucifer loob omale uue maailma. Loen aga rõõmsalt edasi.

Kahju küll, et Lõpmatute perekonda ainult aeg-ajalt mainitakse, aga ju neil pole õigusi neid näidata.

Peale selle saab aru, et "Luciferi" sarjal, mis sel aastal vist telesse ilmub sellega küll mitte vähimatki pistmist ei paista olevat kui välja arvata mõned tegelastenimed. Eks näis.
Robb Bridson
Mar 04, 2014 Robb Bridson rated it really liked it
Two three-part story arcs and one shorter story that moves the main plot along.
The first story arc is the best one, particularly the last part, where Lucifer builds his own Eden, issues his one commandment, and ends up sorely disappointed (all this you'd expect, but the way it happens is the twist that makes it great).
The second story is about Hell politics and not as interesting, and the final part seems to be a bridge to the next event, which is probably another war against Heaven? I don't kn
Lisa Feld
Oct 21, 2015 Lisa Feld rated it liked it
I find it interesting that every DC comic reinvents Hell to fit their personal aesthetic. Carey seems to be going for a Regency vibe so he can have the courtly intrigue that was more Faerie than Hell in Sandman and Books of Magic. Not sure how I feel about it, because if Hell keeps changing so drastically every few years, it's hard to believe its rules are set in stone or that its denizens are really invested in their roles and relationships.
Jan 16, 2016 Gerardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lucifer
Interessante l'idea di una nuova Creazione in cui l'unico divieto è quello di "Non venerare alcun dio, né farsi mai soggiogare". In più assistere al fatto che, se il Creatore è Lucifero, necessariamente la serpe deve essere un Angelo. Serie, seppure nella sua leggerezza, propone molti spunti sulla relatività del bene e del male, senza mai essere moralista o pedante.
Angela Simon
Nov 02, 2015 Angela Simon rated it liked it
The story was okay but almost felt like there was a lot of blah blah in it and no substance. Of course the end does make up for it. I really like Lucifer's conversations. "You came into my house without knocking and then you prayed to him." Great line for him. Wasn't into the artwork on the last story but the rest of it was good. Can't wait to read the other volumes.
Jun 22, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
Re-read 21-06-2103

Good Story - Average Art - Nice covers
The first one with the Bolton art was better, but still, the story makes it a worthwhile read.From the pages of Sandman comes the on-going saga of everybody favorite lil' devil, Lucifer.

« LUCIFER, A DALLIANCE WITH THE DAMNED finds the Lightbringer hard at work on a New Creation - outside the bounds of any authority but his own, complete with a new pair of inhabitants for a new Garden of Eden. But as he tries his hand at universe-building, b
Apr 26, 2008 Siria rated it really liked it
This just gets better and better. I adore the idea of a hell themed along the lines of 18th century Europe; lots of echoes of de Sade and pre-Revolution France and things of that nature. Lucifer's Creation is fascinating and twisted and many kinds of wrong. His creation of Adam and Eve, his commands to them not to worship him, the ways in which it doesn't (or does?) work, free will... what I love about this is that it is a series which, like Sandman, makes you think. I'm really intrigued to see ...more
Sean Goh
Oct 07, 2014 Sean Goh rated it it was amazing
And do you remember the fear that comes with love? The fear that it cannot last, the fear that you cannot be worthy of it?

They think they mortify us with whips, and wheels. But then they have neither lived, nor loved. In truth, they know nothing of pain at all.
Robert Beveridge
Mike Carey, Lucifer: A Dalliance with the Damned (Vertigo, 2002)

And now it all opens up. Well, at least, it opens up a whole lot of new cans of worms. All the threads from issues one and two tie themselves together, but in classic Sandman tradition, there are far more threads involved in this knot than we ever saw coming. That's one of the things that made Sandman so wonderful, and Carey continues on in the tradition: nothing exists solely to advance the plot, but every action a character takes,
Feb 14, 2013 Nikhil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the best volume of the lot, but this review is for the entire series.

The concept of having the devil himself as your protagonist must be instinctively unappealing to many, but apparently not for Vertigo's target audience, and this series deserves its popularity. Lucifer Morningstar is NOT a nice person, but neither is he "evil": his primary attribute is rebelliousness, and through 11 books his chief aim is to find a way of getting outside his Father's influence. That he (in a very parti
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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.

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