Creepy! The very first sentence re-evokes the feelings of the last chapter, as now Dream is fondling his sand obsessively. Yeesh.
"I do not have high hopes for this meeting." Heh, master of understatement, even in his thoughts. And as a note, I like "Lucifer" or "the Morningstar" as names for the devil rather than, well, the devil, or Satan. More appropriate anyhow, since here his fallen-angel aspect is most important, rather than some ephemeral concept of eeeeeevil and temptation, and those names remind us more of that.
Given the fact that the ruby is also on earth, I'm a bit surprised that he's going to hell to get the helm back before tackling that. (Well not surprised, since I've read this before, but... it doesn't make as much sense to me.) Maybe he just wants to get it over with?
Ah, Etrigan. Which is another DC Universe link, which I'm normally put as a note. But I just have to comment on how utterly ridiculous he looks in his spandexy outfit, set alongside all the other demons and such.
And daaamn. Talk about holding a grudge... ten thousand years. Oooof!
Is it just me, or does the first image of Lucifer here look somewhat like David Bowie? With poofier hair, of course.
I'm not sure what's up with the weirdly shifting art in this chapter, honestly! Between issues I could see, as artists change around, but within an issue and then changing back again? No clue.
Wow, the wizard's duel is a fairly well-used concept - I've seen it in The Sword in the Stone and in (I know I know) Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series somewhere, but while The Sword in the Stone version ended with the germ concept, here we go a few steps further.
And at the end, well, you just know that this isn't going to end well.
The Hellfire Club is a reference to reality actually, or perhaps a side reference to the Marvel Comics universe for all I know.
The rest of the schedule!