The definitive issue-by-issue collecting guide and trade reading order for DC Comics Lucifer comic books in omnibus, hardcover, and trade paperback collections. Find every issue and appearance! Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated August 2022 with titles scheduled for release through January 2023.
Lucifer Morningstar. Rebellious Angel of Heaven. Lord of Hell.
We first meet the DC Comics Lucifer of the Sandman Universe in The Sandman (1989) #4, where he is modeled on Space Oddity era David Bowie. He is a prickly and clever opponent for the still-recovering Morpheus, but one who allows for a battle of wits with his proxy rather than a physical confrontation.
That’s why it’s so surprising when Lucifer abdicates his throne in “Season of Mists,” handing the key to his kingdom to his former foe, Morpheus and decamping to the mortal coil to live on Earth.
Lucifer continues as a supporting character through the end of Neil Gaiman’s run on Sandman, also appearing in The Demon and Books of Magic in the 90s. When we find him in Mike Carey’s 1999 mini-series, he is running a piano bar in his exile when an agent of Heaven asks him to intervene in a human wish-granting scheme.
This highlights the central conflict of this version of Lucifer. Does he have free will? Does anyone? In choosing to abandon hell or aid heaven, is Lucifer flouting the shape of God’s plan or going along with it? This Lucifer seems to yo-yo between rebellion and self-destruction, never quite sure which which will cause more deviation from God’s plan.
- Lucifer by Neil Gaiman & Mike Carey
- Post-Flashpoint Lucifer
- Lucifer in The Sandman Universe
- Lucifer (2018) #1-19 & The Devil At Heart
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Generally, Lucifer’s most-significant appearances prior to his series are entirely in Sandman, as it was Neil Gaiman who was developing the plot beats for him that would stick.
The Sandman (1989) #4: See Guide to The Sandman Universe. This is Gaiman’s iconic introduction of Lucifer, which can be read as a standalone story.
Secret Origins (1986) #48
The Demon (1990) #2 & 5-7: See Guide to The Demon (eventually)
Books of Magic (1990) #1: See Guide to Books of Magic
The Sandman (1989) #22-23 & 28: See Guide to The Sandman Universe
The Demon (1990) #19: See Guide to The Demon (eventually)
Hellblazer (1988) #59: See Guide to Hellblazer, John Constantine
The Sandman (1989) #57, 60, 64, 68-69: See Guide to The Sandman Universe
The Demon (1990) #50 & 0: See Guide to The Demon (eventually)
The Spectre (1992) #25: See Guide to The Spectre (eventually)
The Sandman (1989) #72: See Guide to The Sandman Universe
The Books of Magic (1994) #37-38: See Guide to Books of Magic
#1-3: Collected alongside his 2000 ongoing in Lucifer: Book One (2013 paperback), Lucifer, Vol. 1: Devil In The Gateway, and Lucifer Omnibus, Vol. 1 (2019 oversize hardcover). See below for full contents. Issue #1 is also reprinted in Vertigo: First Offenses (2005)
A year after his original Mike Carey mini-series, Lucifer returned under Carey’s pen for a series that ran just as long as Gaiman’s The Sandman!
in a pair of oversize hardcovers…
Lucifer Omnibus, Vol. 1 (2019 oversize hardcover, ISBN 978-1401294762)
Collects Sandman Presents: Lucifer (1999) #1-3, Lucifer (2000) #1-35, & Lucifer: Nirvana OGN (2002)
Lucifer Omnibus, Vol. 2 (2020 oversize hardcover, ISBN 978-1779505644)
in a 2013 line of paperbacks…
#1-13: Book One (2013 paperback)
Collects Sandman Presents: Lucifer (1999) #1-3 and Lucifer (2000) #1-13
#14-28: Book Two (2013 paperback)
Collects Lucifer (2000) #14-28 and Lucifer: Nirvana (2002) OGN SC
#29-45: Book Three (2014 paperback)
#46-61: Book Four (2014 paperback)
#62-75: Book Five (2014 paperback)
as originally collected…
#1-4: Vol. 1: Devil In The Gateway
Collects Sandman Presents: Lucifer (1999) #1-3 and Lucifer (2000) #1-4
#21-28: Vol. 4: The Divine Comedy
Lucifer: Nirvana OGN (2002)
Recollected below in Vol. 11: Evensong
#29-35: Vol. 5: Inferno
#36-41: Vol. 6: Mansions of the Silence
Around this time, Lucifer appears in Death: At Death’s Door (2003) OGN SC
#42-44 & 46-49: Vol. 7: Exodus
Around this time, Lucifer appears in Hellblazer (1988) #19
#45 & 50-54: Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath The Tree
Around this time, Lucifer appears in The Witching (2004) #1-2
#55-61: Vol 9: Crux
Around this time, Lucifer appears in The Witching (2004) #9
#62-69: Vol. 10: Morningstar
#70-75: Vol. 11: Evensong
Also collects Lucifer: Nirvana (2002) OGN SC
Lucifer disappears from the DC/Vertigo Universe after the end of his series. In December 2010, he appeared in House of Mystery (2008) Halloween Annual 2.
The Lucifer of New 52 is not canonical to the Sandman Universe, but to the biblical concept of Lucifer. He appears in Demon Knights (2011) #9, 0, 13-14, 17, 19, 21-23, Sword Of Sorcery (2012) #4-7, and I, Vampire (2011) #19.
Though launched in 2016, this Lucifer volume was not a DC Rebirth title and never carried the Rebirth cover banner.
#1-6: Vol. 1: Cold Heaven
#7-12: Vol. 2: Father Lucifer
#13-19: Vol. 3: Blood in the Streets
Vertigo and Neil Gaiman relaunched The Sandman Universe in 2018 into four new ongoing books, which included a revival of Lucifer by author Dan Watters. Though it began in a somewhat confusing and terrestrial fashion, it quickly escalated to a massive heaven-and-hell story worthy of the groundwork laid by both Gaiman and Carey.
Vol. 4: The Devil At Heart (2021 paperback, ISBN 978-1779507556 / digital)
This was a direct-to-trade original graphic novel to resolve the series with no corresponding single issues of the story arc.
In this period, Lucifer also appears in Justice League Dark (2018) #1
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