I was going to rant for a bit about all the ways that the Lucifer TV series is different from the source material (originally from Neil Gaiman, and then spun off very capably by Mike Carey), but I’ve decided that’s not a very productive discussion. There’s no point to making a carbon copy of the original stories in a new format, and even if you could it wouldn’t guarantee that the results will be good. The TV show is going to have to succeed or fail on its own merits.
Besides, there are some positive things that have come out of the interest generated by the show. Like the fact that bookstores have started carrying the Lucifer graphic novels again, or Vertigo’s brand new comic book series written by Holly Black, continuing the story of the fallen angel and former ruler of Hell. So let’s talk about those, because Mike Carey’s series is one of my all-time favorites, and Holly Black’s continuation is growing on me with every issue.