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Parasha: Lucifer, July 21st reading

And a quick thanks to prince_corwin for reminding me about this, because I completely let it slip my mind. I blame the 100-degree heat. And the fact that I'm currently attempting to keep my brain from leaking out of my ears in a puddle. Jeez.

Ah, and here I thought Meleos was dead. Although by the end of this part, he may wish he was. A lovely revenge, in a cold bastard sort of way. Except that he's destroying bookses! Augh.

And man, does a "younger" Lucifer look like someone who needs a bitchslap, or what? I mean, he just looks like a stuck up little... yeah. Maybe it's just me though!

And now that I think about it... just what card would "The Lightbringer" be in place of? I mean, you'd think "The Devil" would be the most obvious, except that at the time, he hadn't even fallen, yet. (In fact, I'm wondering how the creation of a tarot at that point, so far back in history, would even work!) Although I guess maybe these were the precursor, and regular tarot cards are modern-day echoes of them? Anyhow.

I think I might buy the "seeds of greatness" pep talk a little better if it wasn't to someone who just wimped out in the middle of a damn black-and-white line-art tattoo. Okay, granted I don't have any tattoos myself so I can't talk much, but still!

And so yeah, that one's the Emperor, because it says so. Elsa Kretchner's friend is Justice. Then Rage...? Which I guess might be Strength perhaps. Or I think that's supposed to be mental as well as physical strength so... maybe the Chariot? And I'm assuming Hugo's little friend is The Magician, which would be fitting.

Back to the cards... I'm not sure about the child. Maybe she's even just something abstract and unsuspected, like the Tower. Although it says "her card is Innocence" so... I dunno, maybe she is just Innocence, and the cards in the Basanos just don't all directly map to the regular tarot. Which is certainly possible.

And... Karl is a little fuck, and needs to die. Immediately. And the bottle, just... that was at the time, and remains, one of the most disturbing things I've read in comics, even if it's not actually *shown*. Just... *shudder* Talk about "blood in the gutter," from Understanding Comics...

And we also get to listen in on Lucifer musing (drunkenly or not, probably not) about his relationship with The Lord. Talk about weird things, out of context... or in context I guess, even.

It's interesting though how even Jill's memories tie into the tarot. "The World" is mentioned, and then there's the Hanged Man, obviously. Followed by the nice little ominous bit with the noose-looking rope behind Jill. Innnteresting.

Anyhow, I'll stop now and not go too far into stuff, because I'm already way late with this. Enjoy!



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Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, like I said I'm not a huge fan of the artwork here either. I wasn't hugely fond of it in the first arc in the book, but I still generally liked that more than this, I think.

I know, picky picky.

And good call on the Endless themes... Destiny's even brought up, here, briefly. (The character I mean, not just the concept.) I don't remember how much others crop up, although come to think of it I'm pretty damn sure I remember one arc that was based soundly in Dreams (hope that's not too much of a spoiler) so... maybe!

And yeah, I'm with you on the cards. Maybe Rage would work as a sort of reversed Strength? (And the reverse of it would be the more typical Strength). And it's possible that the girl is The Fool, or some similar card, and they're just going with a general "innocence" interpretation as shorthand? I dunno!

I guess like I said above though, you could also go with the idea that the Basanos is something slightly different than a tarot deck (we don't see any mention of any minor arcana for starters, although they could just not have enough "personality" to show up incarnate or something), and that the current tarot is just a reflection, and one that doesn't completely correspond card for card. Hard to tell, though!

And yeah... predestination. Igh. I always found that a horrible horrible concept. Just... yeah.

I wonder who's more obsessed here though, Lucifer, or Meleos. Or I guess really they've got matching obsessions, just so far Lucifer hasn't been completely fucked over by his.

May or may not have more to say later, when brain is less melty.