Lucifer: A Dalliance with the Damned, Divine Comedy, Inferno, Mansion of Silence - Mike Carey

These four trade paperbacks continue with the tale of Lucifer and his quest to out god god by ""proving"" he can provide a better, freer universe. Carey's writing begins to disappoint even as the stakes increase and the inability for DC comics to provide a singular look through a permanent artist is pathetic. Now that the devil has created his own universe, everybody wants a piece of the action in Dalliance, which reeks of the Sandman story line wherein Lucifer (yes, the same) relinquishes control of Hell. Next, Lucifer leaves our universe to deal with his own as his enemies (including a former friend) attempt to take it from him. For someone so clever, Old Nick is awfully foolish at times. This prideful folly does help keep the character appealing. Inferno has Satan tying up loose ends while proving himself unbeatable. Here is where I started being annoyed with Carey's rendition of the Morningstar. Lucifer is quickly, if subtly, morphing from an anti-hero to hero and the reader is deprived of the guilty pleasure of cheering for the Devil. The final straw came with Mansion. For a being that betrayed his master, father, creator, and god, Lucifer is obsessively keen on keeping promises. The ex-Lord of Hell sends a group to rescue the angle/child who (unwittingly) sacrificed herself to save him. Meanwhile, Lucifer and his brother Michael dove (literally) into the thoughts of god. It all fell apart here. Whether in Preacher, Dogma, or Lucifer, the rantings of these writers against the unfair universe and religious doctrine are no more profound then the thoughts I had at fourteen and are, at this point, incredibly trite. I still maintain hope for this comic, even if it's fading.