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Parasha: Lucifer, July 25th reading

Oh hey, is it going to let me actually post now?


And hey, we get to finish the storyarc!

Once again, we realize that Lucifer is Not A Nice Guy as he, ah, finesses his way into the club. Not that we really needed to be told this, considering. (And man, it seemed like every comic around this time had to have someone vomiting "on-camera" so to speak, to show that they were edgy and not afraid to show grit and stuff. I've always HATED this.)

This is also another case where I just don't like the art for this arc much... I mean, Jill's working wonders here, having true magic erupt from her... and she just seems so stilted, and posed, for most of it.

The idea of God creating the world just for the power rush is... interesting, though. o_O

At least Jill's ready to stand up for Jayesh. And I don't have any sympathy for her "victims," considering. Go Jill! And at least those are interesting and tarot-analog-appropriate deaths for them!

I don't have any sympathy for Karl either, despite his last-minute change of heart. And he'd better hope really that Jayesh doesn't wake up, since he'll be able to say what happened...

And wow, Meleos is pissed. Gotta wonder where that roulette ball's going to end up landing... (I don't remember, if it's even in the parts of the comic I've already read...)

I also find it... fitting, amusing, whatever... that after the big conflict and all of that, Lucifer just doesn't give a crap about letting the Basanos wander free, he just wanted his divination.

And yeah, those lovely tarot cards that don't belong in any tarot deck. Innocence. The Mountain. Etc. etc.

I do like how Innocence adds the whole immortality thing as a sort of afterthought. Yeah, right. Although to Jill, it seems like that wasn't the driving factor after all.

"Those who believe in free will make the best puppets of all." Heh. Fits in quite nicely with the whole Destiny theme, and the talks we had about predestination...

And a very... intriguing end to the arc.


Next week is the last bit of the book, "Born with the Dead," so no need for a schedule.

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stormfeather
Jul. 26th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
As for the story, I'm still struck by the contradiction between Lucifer, who rebels against predestination, consulting a glorified Tarot deck for a divination. Knifing your own symbolic Tarot Card to start the reading though (even by proxy) is pretty bad-ass, though.

What else do you expect from the Devil himself, though?

And yeah, it is an odd juxtaposition, although I guess it can be hand-waved as he's not querying his Destiny per se, but looking more specifically about some of the unknowns surrounding the choice he wants to make - God's motivation, just how the Letter of Passage works (which turned out to be a good thing to query about!), etc.

I am still annoyed by the Tarot reading itself with its non-Tarot cards. That's just lazy. And the presence of Innocence and the Fool prove that they're not just "reinterpreting" the Fool as Innocence. Anyway.

Yeah, between the weird-assed cards and some of the interpretations, I'm wondering if it's something done intentionally, or if Carey was just sloppy in researching the Tarot as it stands, and pretty much winged it, substituting as needed. Carey seems good enough with other topics though and with his writing in general that I'd tend to lean toward the former, where with others I'd lean toward the latter.

I think what the girl says about revolution may be a pun, though. Revolution of the wheel, revolution as rebellion.

Well in a sense, you could consider that revolution as an uprising is sort of like the revolution of a wheel itself - I mean, those things do tend to come and go in cycles, and history is full of them. Not to mention the cyclical nature of the oppressed rising up, in turn becoming the oppressors, and new oppressed struggling eventually against those.

Then there's the fitting cyclical nature of Lucifer being involved in another rebellion, of course, given his history.

I thought the ending was interesting, too, even though I'm sure I understand it yet. I have a feeling that he used the same knife as Mazikeen used to skewer his own card before the reading.

Yeah, note that he tells her to keep it handy. And after reading what he carves, I feel the "Jehovah" sketch wanting to play itself out in my mind...
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khedron
Jul. 26th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
And a very... intriguing end to the arc.

Indeed. At the very first, I just thought that L.had used his fancy knife to turn one blank piece of paper into two blank pieces of paper, but I think that just came from reading late at night. Reading again, it was clearer. But ... is he implying that closing the door connects the letters YHWH, and that's somehow enough to "unmake the rest of creation"? That seems like kind of an extreme interpretation of what seems like a relatively new take on how sacred the name itself is. Or is he saying something else, like removing the doorway would remove part of the name and thus himself?

And yeah, those lovely tarot cards that don't belong in any tarot deck. Innocence. The Mountain. Etc. etc.

I almost like the idea that the angels had Tarot cards that were just about older than time, and the true ones have slipped away from us mere humans. On the other hand, what's the point of a Tarot deck if it's not expressing some infinite truth? So in the end, it doesn't work for me either. (Not that I'm as knowledgable as either you or prince_corwin.
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