Lucifer – Pilot: The Good, The Bad, and the Oh-So Ugly

Lucifer title card

I’ve wanted to write this since September when I got my grubby little hands on the pilot episode of Fox’s Lucifer series that showed at San Diego Comic Con.

I’m a huge fan of the character. I got into The Sandman in middle/high school and then dove headfirst into Mike Carey’s run of Lucifer, the spin off that looked at Lucifer kind of concurrent to The Sandman. I also have read and LOVED the first two issues of the new Lucifer book that Holly Black is writing on. On top of that, I was a religious studies minor in undergrad (who spent a fair amount of time studying all things Lucifer).

So when I say I’ve got opinions on this new Lucifer show, I’m coming from a place of expertise and knowledge.

Instead of writing a 3000 word angrypants rant about why this show is basically THE WORST, follow along as I look at the good, the bad, and the oh-so-ugly of Fox’s pilot episode for Lucifer.
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Comic Review – Red Thorn

Red Thorn 1 CoverWriter: David Baillie

Art: Meghan Hetrick

Colorist: Steve Oliff

Letters: Todd Klein

Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Release Date: November 18, 2015

 

Red Thorn #1 combines three of my favorite things: mythology, pretty characters, and a twisty plot. Written by David Baillie (2000 AD) with art by Meghan Hetrick (Fairest, Batman Eternal) and colors by Steve Oliff (Image Firsts: Spawn, New Avengers) this new series focuses on a Isla Mackintosh, a young woman looking for answers after being drawn to Glasgow, the place where her older sister died before she was even born.

Told in a sort of flashback form, we start in Glasgow with Isla looking for information about her long-dead sister Lauren. One thing that stands out from the beginning is how Baillie sets up the mythology from the start. There are little hints dropped about how every town has a local legend or monster and with what we know of the book, we can tell that that reality won’t bode well for Isla.

Or any of the people around her, most likely.


 

The rest of this review can be read at Word of the Nerd!

Comic Review – Clean Room #2

 

Clean Room #2 Cover

Writer: Gail Simone

Art: Jon Davis-Hunt

Letters: Todd Klein

Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Release Date: November 18, 2015

Last month, Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt started spinning a tangled web of psychological horror in Clean Room #1. This month, we get the second issue and things are so intense. From the start, I was turning pages with trepidation, unsure what I’d see in the next page and a bit frightened of what would come next. Tension ramps up higher and higher and higher until you’re just as anxious as Chloe is throughout the book.

In Clean Room #2, Astrid Mueller takes Chloe and the captive comic reader audience into the Clean Room and well –

It’s messed up. So messed up that I’m still not quite sure what I’ve read.


For the rest of this review (which gives the comic full marks and talks in-depth about how creeped out I am by the issue and full of speculation for the future), head to where the review is hosted over at Word of the Nerd!

Comic Review – Clean Room #1

Clean Room 1 - Cover by Jenny Frison
Clean Room 1 – Cover by Jenny Frison
  • Writer: Gail Simone
  • Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Letters: Todd Klein
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Release Date: October 21, 2015

Is there anything that Gail Simone touches that doesn’t turn to gold?

Simone is heading up the massively awesome Swords of Sorrow crossover event at Dynamite Entertainment, writing Secret Six again, and now, she’s at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint with her first series for them and it is good.

Clean Room #1 is a story of psychological terror that revolves around Chloe Pierce’s attempts to find out the truth about the charismatic Astrid Mueller, the woman whose new church and self-help books are directly responsible for the death of Chloe’s lover.

This is a great book and a wonderful start to this series done by Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt. Check out my review and then check out the book (or do it the other way around if you don’t like your comics spoiled!). And above all, enjoy!

For the rest of my review, head on over to Word of the Nerd!

Comic Review – Clean Room #1