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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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Gallifreyan I can say from watching some 5 first episodes that it is only superficially based on the comic series - "inspired by" would be more appropriate.

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Patrick
Mar 18, 2014 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
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Airiz C
Jul 31, 2011 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
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Ivan
May 11, 2016 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.
Forrest
Oct 09, 2012 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
Cheese
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Hits the ground running.

A good start and getting stronger and more intriguing every time I turn the page.

Lucifer is far more devilish than I could have imagined.
Joseph
May 30, 2010 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
Devann
Mike Carey’s Lucifer is even more manipulative, charming, and dangerous than I could have hoped. The supporting cast are real people, living and dead, in a real world. - Neil Gaiman

Well, here I am reading this series for the fourth time, and this time I went ahead and bought myself some hard copies and some little post-it bookmark things because if you couldn't tell I AM WAY TOO INTO THIS SERIES. Once upon a time [about ten years ago] I was slowly making my way through the Sandman series. Then I
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Mike
Nov 19, 2011 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
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Kay
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I really truly enjoy Mike Carey's works... I just found this so boring! Which is guess is consistent, since I found Preludes & Nocturnes boring too...
I don't know what I'm missing here, but everything read flat for me.
And I know Mike Cary can plot out excitement and write complex characters from having loved The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity and The Girl With All The Gifts, but this just didn't do it for me. Oh well.
Damon
May 31, 2015 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.
Wing Kee
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Wordy and info dumpy in a not good way.

World: The art is solid, it’s not the best type of the era and the framing is fairly standard but it does it’s job. The world building is solid too as it continues the story that we saw in Sandman and we get to see the little piece of the world that Gaiman has created for Lucifer. The magic stuff is done well and pretty representative of the era of comics that this book is from.

Story: There are two stories here and a single issue and for the most part they
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Sally ☾
Will I like this more than the Sandman? That remains to be seen as Neil Gaiman sort of has my heart, but it was a solid and interesting start. I'm excited to continue, though, I will admit, my knowledge of religion is very minimal so my dumbass self is probably missing a lot.

Shoutout to my high school English teacher for gifting me the entire series. Sorry that I'm only just reading them now. You're the best!
Miss Susan
Nov 26, 2015 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
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Kathryn
Mar 20, 2009 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.
Lucas Chance
This a very bold thing to say, but I adore this volume more than any of the Sandman volumes. That isn’t a bash against Gaian, that’s a testament to what Carey does here.
Ivana de B.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not really get into it.
Irene
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
It wasn't the beginning I was expecting (but it's by Mike Carey and I hope it gets better and better).
PurplyCookie
"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
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MissAnnThrope
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
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Paul
Oct 20, 2012 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
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Soorya
Dec 17, 2015 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
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Sam Sobelman
Feb 02, 2012 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
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Aaron
Feb 13, 2011 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
Chad Jordahl
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was tough for me. My favorite story of the three was the last one, the one-shot called Born with the Dead. Enjoyable throwback to classic horror comics from shops like EC in the 40s. Engaging little story.

I found the other two stories in the volume a lot less compelling. I'm just not very interested in heavy mythology and mysticism. The sections where that was laid on thick were a tough slog. At points my interest dipped almost to zero.

The art in the middle section, A Six-Card Spread,
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Janine
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great start to this series. I don't know how I didn't know there was a spin-off series about Lucifer from Sandman, but am so glad it was introduced to me, and the first volume loaned to me.

Lucifer was always a really interesting character in Sandman, and it was nice to get an introduction into a series about just him. The various issues in this volume were all unique and interesting. It reminded me of Sandman in the way the stories we're all very different and didn't quite allow me t
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Glen Engel-Cox
Jan 13, 2010 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
Noel Aseme
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
At first, I was really frustrated with this series. It’s big and complicated, and you have to accept that you’re not going to understand everything – even when you’re paying close attention. But I’ve never seen anything like it.

Its stakes are colossal, its scope is infinite. Universes are created and destroyed. Time and space are merely suggestions. Cosmic orders shift and are redefined, and the fate of everything that lives is in question.

But at its heart, Lucifer is a story about what it means
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Kateri
Feb 07, 2012 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
joanna
Dec 29, 2007 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
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Daryl Nash
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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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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