So Neil Gaiman created Lucifer originally for The Sandman – a cleverly written character, Lucifer makes his devilish appearance throughout the comic. Then, Mike Carey wrote a solo series for the underworld overlord titled . . . well . . . Lucifer. Do I think you’ll need to read the comics in order to enjoy this show? No. Probably the contrary. If fans of the cunning and charming Gaiman/Carey character think this TV show will showcase the Devil in all his Morningstar glory, I think they will be disappointed. Instead, it will probably be in viewers’ best interests to disassociate the characters from any existing graphic novel story lines. While I am a huge fan of The Sandman & Lucifer, I’m not expecting much from this show besides the fact that many of the characters are based on characters from the comics. The trailer gives me the impression that this will be a mix of Castle and The Dresden Files with some darker Grimm-like elements sprinkled in.
ABOUT: Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.
At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?