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BOOK REVIEW – MIKE CAREY – LUCIFER #9 CRUX 2006 VERTIGO

Lucifer #8 The Wolf At The End Of The World looked so conclusive that many thought the series had come to an end, as Morning-Star (Lucifer) & The Archangel Michael, both appeared to have died at the tree at the world’s end, but Michael had transmitted his power into a mortal woman, Elaine, who has tried to use her energy to create her own idealized Universe with her God like energy, and Lucifer has ended up travelling with her as she attempts without success to avoid the kind of mistakes God has made,  and ends up creating death and suffering despite her humane wishes otherwise.

Until Lucifer can find a way back to our own Universe, which is slowly falling apart in the mysterious absence of God, it is Lilith, the first woman, who dominates proceedings.  She sets out with demonic allies, including a shape-shifter, to destroy her followers who have shown support for God or Lucifer, and wipes out many of her own children.

One child escapes, destined to give birth to a daughter of some destiny, but the daughter’s destiny includes killing her mother in childbirth. Jill enters a peyote ritual to go into her womb to talk her unborn child out of killing her but the child seems un-co-operative, and bitter. As the birth takes place, leaving it unclear if Jill survives the agonies she endures, Lucifer & Elaine seem to make it back to our Universe and the bookends.

There are some very powerful images here, the tiger-like entity tearing apart the daughters of Lilith, the idea of God possibly manipulating events from Las Vegas, the drifting house on a Hill that moves through the swirls of time from creation to end and back again, and Lilith, forced from love to wipe out all she herself gives life to. Lucifer himself becomes a passive witness to the activities of the people around him. It will be interesting to see how volume #10 develops the story now.

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