So when Lucifer showed up on Fox with his own show, a looooooooot of people managed to find out that he had a beautiful seventy five issue comic run by Mike Carey. Unfortunately, some evangelicals had called this series "blasphemous" and began to slander Carey's work without reading so much as a single issue of his masterpiece. Being such a fan of the series as I am, I'm going to discuss why this line of comics doesn't actually deserve the ridiculous and uncalled for hate that it receives. See the main issue here is that many refer to this as a form of "devil worship." Now I don't know about you but I'm not exactly a fan of the biblical version of Lucifer, and now I'm going to point out why Carey's Lucifer isn't even the same person.
First, let's touch on the similarities:
Lucifer was an angelic creation of God
Now let's review the differences:
Now the first difference I'd like to address is the aspect of Hell. In Vertigo, Lucifer was given Hell as sort of a peace offering from God, while Christianity's Lucifer was cast from heaven and is said to reside on earth (as opposed to the common misconception that he rules Hell). Vertigo's Lucifer ruled the realm while Christianity's Lucifer has yet to be there.
Next, even the reason they rebelled is different. While Christianity's Lucifer wanted to be God, Vertigo's Lucifer desired what he thought was freedom and true free will. He craved separation from God, hoping to no longer be a simple part of the almighty plan, but to do and decide his own fate without influence.
Possibly the largest difference in their characters is that they have different goals. While Christianity's Lucifer desires worship and praise from humanity, Vertigo's Lucifer abhors it, thinking it to be tacky. Vertigo's Lucifer has no need for it and desires to form his own destiny as his own sufficiency.
Having said that, since Christianity's Lucifer desires humans, he presents sin to them and attempts to pull them away from God with it. Vertigo's Lucifer does no such thing. He literally could NOT care any less about humanity.
Leading up from all that, Christianity's Lucifer still to this day revels against God and is destined to partake in a Doomsday style battle where he will lose and end up being cast with hell into a Lake of Fire. Vertigo's Lucifer? While he doesn't entirely hate God, they simply exist on acceptable terms, showing that they are not aspects of good and evil but matters of power and agenda. At the end of the series Lucifer leaves creation and impresses himself to the void in which none of God has touched, he desecrates on this notion and proves that he is no longer part of the plan, meaning that he cannot be destined to fight against God at the end of time.
Anyway, this is me leading up to one simple thing, Vertigo's Lucifer is a masterpiece. Mike Carey's work is phenomenal and would be what I consider the work of a literary genius. It's really a shame that some won't read it just because of the false notion that they're under, so I hope that you'll help them keep a more open mind. So while some of the premise may have a similarity or such, this is definitely not devil worship. And even if it did still spot on resemble the biblical Lucifer, isn't it the story itself that we should enjoy? You can be happy about a good tale without having to worship it. That's just my take, hope you take this to heart.
Also Fox's Lucifer has almost no likeness to either of these Lucifers in a multitude of aspects. So go ahead and appreciate the work people put in. Thanks for reading.