Lucifer, Vol. 9: Crux

By Mike Carey

Rating: 4 stars

This book starts with the unexpected sight of a demon offering a drink of water to one of the damned, much to the horror of its peers. Hauled up before Remiel, ruler of Hell, it seems that there is a new creed being preached and Christopher Rudd, once one of the damned liberated to be the plaything for a Lady is the preacher. This story is short (if ending on one heck of a punchline), and I liked the story a lot, but I really didn’t like the art. It felt far too cartoony and didn’t seem to suit the tale at all.

The core of the book, though, is taken up with Lilith and her preparations for war against Heaven, taking the head of her army of children, the Lilim, they prepare to assault the Silver City. This story also shows how Elaine gets on having being given the creative power by her dying father, Michael and I enjoyed her attempts to get to grips with this power by creating her own Creation.

We end the volume returning to Jill Presto and her trying to come to terms with the fact that she still caries a child of the Basanos. This is a very interesting story, as it’s about a woman who has no desire to be a mother, especially not to this sort of child.

Lilith’s conversations with Mazikeen and Mazikeen’s actions are one of the highlights of this book, showing just how far that Mazikeen has come from the start. From simply being Lucifer’s consort she is now a keen warrior and major player in her own right.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401210052
Publisher: Vertigo
Year of publication: 2006

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