Comic Reviews: Lucifer and Marvel Zombie!
Lucifer #1 (Vertigo)
No Vertigo relaunch is complete without a new Lucifer series. The Sandman spin-off returns, with a new #1, a new creative team in the form of Dan Watters and Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and the Lord of Hell depowered and trapped in a world he doesn’t understand.
Stuck in an endless limbo, Lucifer is struggling to remember who he is and why he’s left his domain of Hell. We find out the answers to this mystery by issue’s end, but Lucifer’s struggle to remember makes for a pretty interesting narrative, except for when the issue focuses on John Decker, an LAPD detective who’s dying wife takes up much of his time. A good half of this opening issue is focused on Decker, and it’s not entirely clear what importance his story plays into Lucifer’s adventures just yet.
Despite this, Dan Watters’ script is still pretty great. The mysteries of both Lucifer and Decker are intriguing, even though we don’t know why they’re connect. Going between Decker’s life and Lucifer’s mysterious realm makes for some fun moments, and surprisingly it doesn’t make the issue feel too disjointed. Watters’ depiction of the Lord of Hell is interesting as well, and putting the character at his lowest point makes for an intriguing and compelling story to follow.
On the art side of things, Sebastian and Max Fiumara have a style that’s very much the Vertigo “house style”, which means that this book looks pretty damn spectacular. The Fiumara’s have a lot of fun depicting the world that Lucifer finds himself trapped in, and their depiction of an emaciated and raving mad Lucifer is striking and at times, pretty comical. There’s not a lot of action in this opening issue, but so far the pair make for some of the best art to come out of the Vertigo relaunch so far.
As someone who’s only read of handful of Lucifer comics, I was a little wary jumping into this new series. However, Watters and the Fiumaras have crafted a cool and easily accessible entry point for casual readers like me, and created a first issue that has me curious to see what comes next for the Fallen Angel.
Marvel Zombie #1 (Marvel Comics)
Just in time for Halloween, Marvel’s digging up their classic Zombie character for Marvel Zombie, a brand new one-shot from W. Maxwell Prince and Steffano Raffaele. Focusing on the classic Marvel Horror character and a small band of Marvel Heroes that are leading a fight for survival, the special makes for an uneven, but ultimately enjoyable story.
Spider-Man, Daredevil, Falcon, Black Widow, Moon Girl, and Hawkeye are all that remains of Marvel’s heroes. Following a massive Zombie apocalypse, they struggle to survive in a world that is far beyond what they’ve known. At the same time, Simon Garth, the Zombie, wanders the world, an outcast to his fellow undead due to his inability to be “one of the horde”. But when a young boy comes across the same amulet that Simon wears, the boy learns that he can control the creature, and that the creature is the key to ending the zombie plague for good. But will the boy sacrifice his new friend for the greater good? Or will he sacrifice the world for one person?
I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that Marvel Zombie has some pretty bold story moments, and while I didn’t necessarily like the ending, the fact that this is essentially a What If story makes that conclusion sit a little better with me. W. Maxwell Prince’s script is really solid, setting up the rules of this world and a new characterization of Simon Garth in a quick and effective way. At no point are you bogged down with exposition about how this Marvel universe came to be, nor does he waste time on things that don’t really matter to the script. While I found the scenes with the remaining heroes to be more engaging than the Simon Garth ones, there was enough here that I kind of wish this was more than just an ongoing.
I’ve never seen Steffano Raffaele’s art before, but after this issue I hope he gets some more Marvel work. His style instantly makes you think of the classic Marvel Zombies series, and his detailed zombified Marvel characters makes for some great (and horrifying) depictions of characters you love. Raffaele’s also got a great command over the action sequences in this book too, with the new “Defenders” taking on a small zombie horde being the highlight of the book.
If you’ve got a little extra spending money in your comic budget this week, then Marvel Zombie would be a great add on. It’s a solid, done-in-one story that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and it’s perfect for the spooky Halloween season too. Hopefully this special leads to more things from Prince and Raffaele at Marvel.
Posted on October 17, 2018, in Comic book reviews, Comic reviews and tagged Dan Watter, Lucifer, Marvel Comics, Marvel Zombie, Max Fiumara, Neil Gaiman, Sandman, Sebastian Fiumara, Steffano Raffaele, Vertigo, W. Maxwell Prince. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.