Lucifer, Vol. 4: The Divine Comedy (Lucifer, #4)

ISBN: 1401200095
ISBN 13: 9781401200091
By: Mike Carey Peter Gross Ryan Kelly Dean Ormston

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With the original gate between the two worlds shattered into a million separate gates, beings from all of the worlds in the old Creation now have the opportunity to join Lucifer's recently opened existence. While neither Heaven nor Hell await them there, the forces aligned against the Lightbringer still have a card or two left to play.and their attitude towards Lucifer's new subjects is a far cry from charitable!This volume contains:Lucifer #21–28

Reader's Thoughts

Adrian George

A nice pick back up from the slower dalliance with the damned.

Michael Mcnichols

A comic book series about the devil that's outstanding.


Last read: 2/8/09


I cannot stress enough how much I love the writing in this series. Lucifer is fantastic. This is a devil that is his own man. He has free will and that makes him a very dangerous man.

Ryan Mishap

This series has filled that Sandman-shaped hole in my existence. A spinoff that manages to (sometimes not all the time) equal the original with the same all-over-the-place storytelling chutzpah. Not for everyone--only if you liked Gaiman's Sandman.

Lucy Werner

all i can say is...power to mazikeen, shes awesome in this one. and ive found a new awesome awesome character in Gaudium...i want him in my life!


For anyone doubting that the Basanos are baddies, this book is the convincer. Lucifer gets his own creation, which as you can imagine, he toys with in his own way. Philisophical and theological themes are pondered and then culminate in a crashing crescendo of drama which leaves you going, "What, no, it can't end there!"




The premise is excellent. What would happen if Lucifer were given control of his own, Eden-like dimension?However, the Lucifer of this graphic novel is not the Devil we know-neither is he the Arch-fiend from "Paradise Lost". This is Mike Carey's "Lucifer" based on a character "created" by Neil Gaiman.Carey's Lucifer is more like a one-time despot in self-imposed exile, brooding on the future. He believes himself to be All-Powerful, so it goes without saying that he doesn't need help from anybody. The Basanos, who are the "villians" of this piece, are nowhere near as powerful, but they are able to exploit Lucifer's weaknesses.What are these weaknesses? Pride, certainly (that goes without saying) Then there's Lucifer's natural ability to piss off anyone who wants to help him. Beyond this, there's the fact that THIS Lucifer seems to make all his decisions out of a sense of insecurity, and paranoia.Chief among these decisions is that none of the newly-arrived settlers to Lucifer's dimension are allowed to practice god-worship of any kind-not even for the Lightbringer, who they nevertheless describe as "the Maker"As part of a further revenge plot against "the Maker", one of the characters attempts to gain control over Lord Lucifer by making Lucifer obligated to him. That Lucifer would feel an obligation to anybody strikes me as naive. But this Fallen Angel apparently does seem to follow some kind of honor code, even when the others around him do not.Nevertheless, that so many of Lucifer's followers, in the novel, are willing to stand by him is testimony to "the Maker's" charisma, and the almost superstitious power he has over his newly adopted "children". In the end, Lucifer puts pride aside, and remembers to be there for his friends.One last note : whatever you think of the execution, this is epic comic story telling. It even includes Death. And, as it only covers Paradise and Purgatory, (working in descending order) this "Divine Comedy" leaves room for a sequel.


Lucifer has bound open his portal to another universe and thrown gates throughout the cosmos, welcoming allcomers, his one commandment being: worship nothing. But the Basanos and other old foes are still out to get him, and they may finally have their chance.Volume three of this series left me a bit underwhelmed, but this one had everything I wanted in spades: a nefarious plot coming to fruition; pride coming before a fall; cavalry coming to the rescue; and the voice of God. I can't wait to get hold of the next volumes now to find out where Morningstar goes from here.


Volume 4 of Lucifer gets around to introducing my absolute favorite characters from the series, fallen cherubs Gaudium and his sister Spera. The very idea of cherubs falling into demonhood during Lucifer's rebellion is amusing enough, but the two have great chemistry as the series' comic-relief characters (the off-hand dismissal of a brother who didn't fall with them being one such example).As for what happens in this volume: Michael makes some moves to protect Elaine, as she, Jill Presto, and the Lilim all make it to Lucifer's creation in time to see war break out between the Lightbringer and the Basanos, who are not as powerful as they were in a new reality away from Destiny's book. The Basanos' plan is revealed, and we see Lucifer survive their brief teaming with Shinto god Susano, and how Lucifer basically survives because of the Basnos' creator Meleos (who does it out of revenge) and the timely intervention of Mazikeen's forces.The best moment may be the cameo by Death of the Endless. Lucifer is not someone who takes things like almost dying lying down, and his confrontation with Death, actually threatening her, fits his character very well. It also fits her character very well that she is completely nonplussed by his threats, keeping her cheerful demeanor while implying she may be older than he is. The Endless don't appear often in this series, but they make nice foils for Lucifer when they do.


Volume 4 focuses on Lucifer's second attempt at creation, which seems idyllic, but proves dismayingly toothless in the face of an outside threat. To be honest, I enjoy seeing Lucifer struggling and failing, if for no other reason than knowing that he's just going to try again.The other great strength of this volume is that it makes plain the consequences of getting caught up in a struggle for which you're not equipped. Elaine and Jill Presto both have no sense of the stakes being played for or just how much they're nothing more than pawns.

Frank Taranto

Enjoable story of Lucifer's creation, using the Divine Comedy as a background.

Christopher Selmek

Lucifer takes on his most dangerous foe, the Basanos, and actually meets Death of the Endless.


I am loving these books so much.

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