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Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy

(Lucifer (2018) #1-6)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  45 reviews
One of four books expanding Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman Universe. The onetime ruler of Hell has gone missing. Lucifer is MIA. He finds himself imprisoned and crippled by mysterious forces who seek to torment him for their own terrible ends. He also happens to have no idea how he got there.

This is the one true tale of what befell the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Vertigo
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Sam Quixote
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’ve never read the Mike Carey Lucifer series or seen the TV show (and I’ll probably never do either now) so I don’t know if it’s because I’m so unfamiliar with the character and his story (couldn’t tell you if this is a continuation of the previous books or a reboot) or whether Dan Watters is just that incompetent a storyteller but I had absolutely no fucking idea what was going on in Lucifer, Volume 1: The Infernal Comedy!

It’s not a good sign when you get to the end of the book, read the blur
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent new chapter in Lucifer's story. This one comes as part of the Sandman's Universe new series. The creative team behind Lucifer Vol. 1 – The Infernal Comedy is a large one (even when compared to the original series). The writers behind this volume are Dan Watters, Neil Gaiman, Simon Spurrier, Kat Howard, and Nalo Hopkinson. Lettering is delivered by Steve Wands and Simon Bowland, and colors by Dave McCaig and Mat Lopes, with art credits for Max and Sebastian Fiumara, Bilquis Evely, To ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-vertigo, comics
I was so pleasantly surprised by The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations that I kind of got my hopes up too much for this one. Yeah, the new Lucifer book is not very good and I’m really not sure why — I didn’t get through Mike Carey’s run, nor did I read any other reboots of the series, so I can’t say if my confusion comes from not being familiar with previous material or if it’s just a sloppily written book by itself. Either way, I really can’t tell what happened in this volume. It’s kind ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.

I should have known after the summary started with "This is the ~one true tale~ of what befell the Prince of Lies" that it was going to be like this, but I had to give it a chance. I was going to call it a DNF after issue 3, but then I decided to at least look at the artwork for the rest of the issues and I ended up reading about the last half of issue 6 so I guess I read slightly more than half of this comic. From what some other reviewers are
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got this volume as an eARC along with Volume One of The Dreaming , which means I sampled half of the new Sandman Universe story arcs released to celebrate the series' 30th anniversary.

Lucifer Morningstar was one of my favorite original Sandman characters, even though he only plays a pretty minor role in the original run. DC went on to create a quite successful spin-off around his character, and I guess that must be required reading, because I'm not familiar with it and honestly have no idea w
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5/5. I never read the original Sandman series so I can’t really compare them. But this one, in itself, was good. Dark universe, dark humor has well and an interesting but a bit confusing plot. Not sure I will continue exploring this universe but I’m glad I read this one!
Nicki Markus
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came to this graphic novel with no prior knowledge of the Sandman universe. All I know of the character of Lucifer comes from the recent TV series, so I was interested to go back to the roots, as it were. Due to my lack of background reading, I did find the opening section a tad confusing; however, it will probably mean more to longtime fans. Once the main plot kicked off, I settled into it with ease. I enjoyed the premise and loved the ties to Shakespeare. The story moved at a good pace, with ...more
Pop Bop
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The Second, (and Possibly Best), of the Four New Sandman Universe Series

O.K., here's the deal as I understand it. There are four new series that are spinoffs of Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe. Each shares and expands on the Sandman Universe and is set in the "evolving" world of the Dreaming. Don't know how much Gaiman is involved, (the books are claimed to be "from the mind of...", or "curated by"), but there seem to be more and more books out there that use Gaiman's name and stories but in whic
Alex Sarll
Another in the new line of Sandman spin-offs, but one I enjoyed far more than The Dreaming; a scratchy, claustrophobic anxiety dream of a comic, with Watters' knack for stories that feel like fevers perfectly complemented by the Fiumaras' unsettling visuals. Opening with enough injury-to-the-eye motifs to get Frederic Wertham's corpse up another few hundred RPM, we find the Morningstar blinded and imprisoned in a strange town, while a second strand of the story follows a detective watching his w ...more
Niklas Pivic
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This anthology of stories started taking place years after the first "Sandman" series came to an end. After that, Leslie S. Klinger annotated them, which allowed a lot of Neil Gaiman's original ruminations to be explained and clarified.

History now moves on. Aided by raven Matthew, we are guided through worlds where the Prince of Sleep is, seemingly, missing, or even escaped.

Through a barrage of well-known entities, we see the Universe unfurl through large and very colourful representations of bo
J.D. DeHart
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
High fantasy, beautiful art, and mythology weave together to create a tremendous reading experience in this book. The characters are the stuff of dreams -- Neil Gaiman's dreams, in fact. And those are very interesting and revelatory dreams to explore.

Si Spurrier leads this journey into the Sandman universe and I was glad to have the opportunity to see what this text had to offer. I would gladly visit for another volume.
Michael Cook
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first Lucifer comic I'd ever read. I was familiar with the character from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, but I'd never actually read any of the character's solo stories. So, as this volume began, I did feel a bit confused as to what was going on. Watters definitely throws readers into the deep end in this story, but it quickly becomes clear that he has a well-thought-out masterplan that proves to be very accessible for new readers - and very rewarding, I suspect, for longtime readers. ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow! This was a hell of a read (pun intended)! The stories are great, the artwork is superb! Just wow!
Zohar -
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) by Dan Watters (illustrated by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara )expands on the expensive universe created by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman is a series of comic books following Dream (Morpheus, among other aliases), and is one of the few graphic novels to grace the New York Times Best Seller list.

Lucifer finds himself as an old, blind man, living in a small house, in
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy is a graphic novel collection of The Sandman Universe Special #1 and the first 6 issues of Lucifer. Published 25th June 2019 from Vertigo, it's 200 pages and available in paperback and ebook (comiXology) formats. All four of the graphic novel collections in this 30th anniversary story montage in the Sandman universe include the Sandman Universe Special issue #1 (so there's approximately 20% page overlap in the
Chris Lemmerman
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucifer is missing - that's never a good sign. So who is that red-headed man digging holes and searching for his missing memories? And what does this have to do with a coven of witches, a detective's dead wife, and the demon Mazikeen? When the dust settles, the answers you find might not be to these questions at all. And yet...

This isn't the Lucifer you're used to, let's get that out of the way right from the start. This isn't Mike Carey's (excellent) Lucifer, it's not the Lucifer from the (also
Warnings: physical violence (including partner abuse), gun violence, torture, mutilation, body horror and gore, depictions of self-harm, terminally ill partner, animal cruelty

Another of the set of stories set in the Sandman Universe, the volume opens with a common chapter (to The Dreaming, so I am assuming for all of the four new stories) introducing the world to us, and where it is starting. In Lucifer, the story goes back and forth in time, in another world and this one, and has Lucifer trappe
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read Neil Gaiman's Lucifer in Sandman, a master tired of ruling his kingdom, but happy to cause chaos in his wake as he abandons it. This is not that Lucifer.
I've read Mike Carey's Lucifer, where a rival decides to defy his father and build his own galaxy. This is not that Lucifer.
I've seen the Lucifer TV series, where a bored archangel helps solve minor crimes. This is not that Lucifer.

This is not the Lucifer I've read before. But it does manage to approximate the feel of Sandman to a s
So first I should say that I like, if not love, all of the Neil Gaiman books I’ve read. I’ve only read a bit of Sandman so far and have read none of the Lucifer stand alone books until this one. I’m watching the Lucifer tv show right now (which I realize isn’t very faithful the comics).

I started out liking this. And then I just lost interest and struggled to continue on with it. There was something missing. I’ve read enough comics / graphic novels to know that these stories can be disjointed, s
Wayne McCoy
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy' by Dan Watters with art by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara is part of a new expansion of the famed Sandman series. This is the second one of four that I've read and it's a vast improvement over the first one.

This volume starts with the same Sandman Universe 48 page comic. In that is the whole setup for what follows. The Sandman is missing and a raven has been sent to find out what's going on.

This time, we deal with a broken down and blinded Lucifer. It ge
Eli Seibert
Boy this was a good one. An engrossing puzzle of a tale, woven from bits and pieces of legends and lore that come together to make a really entertaining picture.
Some people think that if you like this series or Holly Black's series from 2015, that you're somehow betraying Mike Carey's series. That simply isn't true. You're allowed to like whatever you want, and if you judge this based on the old series, you'll just have a bad time.
This series isn't like the old one, and it should not try to be.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bad continuation/adaptation

I read and loved the entirety of the Mike Carey series. I love the tv show, even though it’s way off base. I even like Black’s run. But this is awful. Lucifer is much less the shaper of the world and much more the devil in this series when he is lucid at all. There is no joy and only pure suffering. While the art is... fine(?) the disjointed melancholic “story” feels out of place and underdeveloped. If this is a sequel to any of the series preceding it, it is
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucifer, Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy by Dan Watters, et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early July.

I was a little pissed that there was a repeated story from The Dreaming comic as an intro, but calmed down when the issues turned to Lucifer, who’s alternately a red-haired wild man, a sleek swimmers body blond, and a gargoyle-like demon, and keen on bucking responsibilities, sanity, and introspectively doing his own thing. Meanwhile, a human detective named John Decker copes po
Annette Jordan
The new expanded Sandman Universe continues with this dark and rather bleak offering from Dan Watters. The premise is that the prince of Hell is now an old man trapped in a strange town with no recollection of how he got there . As the scales fall from his eyes and he starts to remember , he sets out on a mission to find his son. Meanwhile a cop with possible brain cancer is on his tail, determined to kill him.
I have to say I did not love this storyline, it was very confusing and really took a l
Molly Lazer
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this graphic novel more than I expected to given my love for the Carey/Gross Lucifer series. The art, by Max and Sebastian Fiumara, along with the colors by Dave McCaig, is superb and really adds to the tone of the story being told. The new characters felt very much at home in Lucifer's world, especially the two witches, whom I hope to see more of as the series moves forward. My one gripe, though, is that I would have liked some locator captions to indicate where and when certain scene ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hell boss himself, Lucifer, has gone missing. Trapped in a place where he is condemned to be tormented by sinister beings, he has no way out. Meanwhile, in LA, detective John Decker is little by little uncovering a web of conspiracies that all have the same target - to kill Lucifer Morningstar.

From the magical Sandman Universe, here comes a spin-off that focuses on the man himself, Lucifer Morningstar. Moving between Lucifer and Detective Decker, as well as Lucifer's present and past, the au
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hmm. I love The Sandman series but I've never read any of the Lucifer spinoffs and I guess maybe those are required reading for this new, 30th anniversary of Sandman, arc, because I had no idea what was going on here - the plot was rambling and confusing.

It's a shame as I enjoyed The Dreaming Vol. 1, but neither the story nor the art in this collection are as good.

I'll still be checking out House of Whispers and Books of Magic, but I can't see me investing any more time in Lucifer.

Thanks to Ne
Harry Jahnke
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know, I never really was wild about the Lucifer character from Sandman. I liked him but when they announced his own series a while ago I wasn't super excited.

That being said, I think I liked this one more than the Dreaming one, the one I was most excited for. There are parts that I felt kind of lost at (I assume this is because I didn't read any of the other Lucifer books) but it's still a great little story about everyone's favorite fallen angel.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, it's been more years than I care to remember since I last looked looked at the Sandman series. Happily, this was a genuine, unexpectedly excellent reintroduction the Sandman Universe. The story threads come together very well by the conclusion, the characters are memorable, and the art is lovely to look at.

Think fans of graphic horror novels will be pleased.

With thanks to DC and Netgalley for the arc.
Michael Cook Jr.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. I absolutely loved Mike Carey's run, Gaiman's introduction of Lucifer, and have mever gotten into the tv show. This book was different but familiar enough for it to feel part of the same universe. The art was fantastic first off, and the writing established a tone that I was digging. It was pretty good overall.

It didn't have me rushing out to get issue #7 but I did put the next trade on my list.
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Dan Watters is a UK based comic book writer. His first book, LIMBO, was released through Image Comics in 2016. He has since written THE SHADOW at Dynamite Comics, and ASSASSIN’S CREED and WOLFENSTEIN for Titan Comics.

Currently he is writing the relaunch of LUCIFER for Vertigo’s Sandman Universe, as well as DEEP ROOTS for Vault Comics. Deeply rooted in London Town, and firmly of the Devil's party.

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Lucifer (2018) (10 books)
  • Lucifer #1
  • Lucifer (2018-) #2
  • Lucifer (2018-) #3
  • Lucifer (2018-) #4
  • Lucifer (2018-) #5
  • Lucifer (2018-) #6
  • Lucifer (2018-) #7
  • Lucifer (2018-) #8
  • Lucifer (2018-) #9