Title: Lucifer (2018-) #2
Publisher: Vertigo / DC
Words: Dan Watters
Art: Max & Sebastian Fiumara
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Lucifer is angry. His captor revealed, the Morningstar swears to escape and have his revenge. Elsewhere: a lavish masquerade is held in the depths of the Great Plague, an aspiring drunk discovers a gateway to another world, and the cat is very much not what it seems.
Cats are never what they seem, and while Lucifer spends his time trying to shovel his way out of the shit and to the truth–unfortunately, he’s not using one of Dr. Amp’s Gold Shit-Digging Shovel; $29.99–readers are treated to two other stories: one that looks to the past, and one that continues to develop with an eye on the future.
Part of what makes this issue so incredibly captivating is its ability to immerse readers in multiple stories that, although being related, feel unique to one another and merely exist in the same creative space. Lucifer’s captivity continues to generate interest, yes, but it is the plague story found in this issue that rounds out the book, adding depth and complexity to an already delightfully dense story.
In a fashion that honors the past while progressing forward, writer Dan Watters continues to exhibit his skills as a master storyteller, weaving together several stories in order to create an impressive tale. Reading through this issue, and last issue, for that matter, reminded me of why I enjoyed Gaiman’s early comic book work and fell in love with the dark and fantastic Sandman Universe of characters and stories.
The Bottom Line:
Two issues in, and Lucifer continues to intrigue. Dan Watters progresses the plot, looking both to the future and to the past, and does so in a way that is captivating, and thus, Lucifer (2018-) #2 is an example of well-executed multilayered storytelling.