Review: LUCIFER #14
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Dan Watters
Artists: Fernando Blanco
Colors: Tiffany Turrill
Letters: Steve Wands
Reviewed by: Seth Singleton
In this review of Lucifer #14, the devil is playing house. He arrives in the village of Haybury, West Yorkshire with designs on building a quaint new life for himself. Unfortunately for Lucifer, the universe has other plans for him, as he finds himself directly in the crosshairs of a cosmic hunting party. Meanwhile: a dead soldier grows impatient, a prophecy is given, and a cat speaks.
We begin with the lonely state one will experience wandering the cosmos. Beautiful, deadly, and cold.
A prophecy is announced. A wild hunt, a hunted heart, and home in which to secure and defend the harried. Dark tidings are coming and the violence of the world requires a release. Sounds like The Purge, feels like something more ominous.
To begin with I love the image of building a house. Whether it is a story about a man, woman or family building a house or a house that is more of a cerebral exercise like Life As A House. So, when Lucifer decides to build a house I am already looking for the good inside of it. And then I remember who’s building it and that Dan Watters is writing it. Which is when I start looking for the great moments.
Now in the buildup there is the nice story of the hardware store owner. He’s president of the local crime watch and he doesn’t like trouble. And guess who looks like trouble?
But, in the end we are still talking about building a house and the way to build it. Lucifer knows the creation of all things in the universe. A gift of immortality perhaps? Maybe just most things, but he does use his knowledge to gather elements from other planets and some he forms in the palm of his hand with an encyclopedic knowledge of the periodic table.
Now, does this all have something to do with the missing Mazikeen? Or is it more about what do you do after coming this close to declaring a war with heaven?
Also, a young roustabout with blonde hair and wearing a trench coat stops into the store asking if the devil has been around. If I’m not mistaken, this is the young man they call John (Constantine). Now what sort of trouble will he be getting into?
I got smiles and stories, blood and bloody good art, and shadows that seem to hang over the brightest day and make it feel dark and gloomy.
Brilliantly written. Wonderfully written. Dark, thoughtful, and mysterious. Lucifer continues to show me that there is always another plan in motion; spilling from the thoughts of a restless mind cursed with immortality. I remain enthralled. I’ll be patiently waiting for the next installment.