Monday, 15 November 2010
Lucifer: Three Of A Kind
But then that's the problem. You can't say "Apart from her provenance Elaine is unimportant" any more you can say "Apart from its water, the ocean is dry". Elaine's ancestry is critical here, because it directly outlines what these three stories are all about: potential.
Elaine's story here, then, is an announcement: the board is changing. She is the daughter of the Archangel Michael, and she has the attention of Lucifer himself, to the point where he curses her foster father to ensure the man cannot touch her. Lady Lys of Effruil and Duma of the Host clash over her fate (one doubts Lys would waste precious armadillo grapeshot on just any interloper). Within a few issues of learning the truth about her heritage, she has learned to leave her body and travel through the land of dreams and into Hell, whilst capably defending herself from at least some of the nastier inhabitants that reside there. Whatever Lucifer sees in her, we would do well to see it too. Tearing Samael from his solipsism, however briefly, is not something many people can manage.
Mazikeen's story is about potential as well. On a direct level, this applies to Mazikeen herself. She enters her audience with Briadach, Loth and Misran as little more than a prisoner, and departs as War Leader of the Lilim in Exile. Whether she can ever be a true equal to Lucifer is debatable, despite what Briadach tells her, but this is perhaps the closest she can manage, and the strongest position with which she can approach him.