Author: Mike Carey
Artists: Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Jon J Muth and others
Titan Books
RRP: 10.99, US $14.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6448 7
ISBN-10: 1 84576 448 X
Available 23 February 2007

The war in Heaven is over. The plains of Armageddon are still, and the blood which ran across them like rivers has dried to dust. A new order has risen in Yahweh's Creation, and those who survived its birth must now try to resume their lives in its aftermath. For some, new-found responsibilities will weigh heavy. For Lucifer Morningstar, victory promises freedom - the ultimate freedom to choose his own fate. But apart from wrapping up the new loose ends he has left in this universe, there is one final test that the Fallen One must carry out before taking his leave...

Evensong is the eleventh and final chapter in the Lucifer series of graphic novels by Mike Carey. And what a way to go out!

It is the final chapter in the former ruler of Hell's extraordinary existence, as Lucifer concludes his quest to break free of God's influence and forge his own destiny.

The war is over. Elaine Belloc, daughter of the Archangel Michael, watches over our world; Mazikeen has bested her mother, Lilith, and the legions of Hell; Jill Presto has come to terms with her godlike daughter, Noema. But there are still a few things for the Lightbringer to take care of - including the final fate of former angel Gaudium and a bittersweet reunion with treacherous Underworld goddess Izanami...

This collection opens on what at first seems to be a very odd way to start the last chapter in the series. Fireside Tales sees a human male enter a storytelling contest that is usually only entered by female centaurs. It's an odd tale, but interesting and, on reflection, is a wonderful way to open this collection.

The rest of the stories reprinted here wrap up a few loose ends as well as bringing Lucifer face to face with his maker once again. It would seem that god has a deal he wants to offer Lucifer, one that will cost them both as well as benefit them both. Will Lucifer be reunited with his creator? Or will he decline the offer and keep his freewill?

Fans of the series will not be disappointed - this was well worth the wait.

Nick Smithson

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