Civil Warlord Part 3
Script by Tony Lee
Art by Lee Carter
Letters by Annie Parkhouse
Click below for review with possible spoilers by Mark O’Neill, Greg Meldrum, Pete Wells and Shaun Avery
The angel Raziel is tasked by God to destroy Hell. Uriel has Jotunheim haunting Lucifer and convinces him to equip a super powerful sword to protect himself and Cythea continues to plot.
More plotting among the inhabitants of Hell, and the suggestion that God has this all planned out. Still, I have a feeling that it will turn out that the necrophim have more free will than God thinks, and will declare war on Heaven when Uriel takes the throne. Jotunheim is awesome in this instalment, and though I have a feeling this will be an unpopular opinion, I like the look of Cythea with that gun.
Unfortunately, the characters still look annoyingly lifeless and static, which hinders my enjoyment.
Lovely first page this week, the bright celestial glory of the heavenly throne-room giving us a welcome break from the concrete-slabs-in-Haringey tones of the rest of the story. For the rest of it, well, not enough Neboron for my liking (one panel and no lines – disgraceful!) and the usual bout of machinations between people who look like volcanic corpses in the ruins of Pompei. (Second Gary Le Strange reference in this review, for any who have ever caught his act. He did a song called ‘Grey’ you see, from which I am half-inching lyrics…) Anyway, Uriel’s plan seems to boil down to ‘frighten the devil with a spooky ghost until he gets his scary weapon out’ – wasn’t that the plot of an episode of Rentaghost in the 80s? (Put your weapon away, Claypole!) I’m not sure I understand why, in a series where characters frequently discuss killing each other and death is apparently a revolving door, Lucifer doesn’t just think “Oh, Jotunheim’s back again” rather than “I’ve gone a bit funny.” Once again, my lack of prior knowledge has left me in the dark. Or in the grey. Next prog indicates the shocking presence of ‘Turncoat Traitors’ in the cast. From what I’ve heard, isn’t that the case every week?
Yet more twisty turny betrayal, this time with God himself playing sneaky buggers! While not blowing me away, I can certainly cope with the script of Necrophim and find it enjoyable enough – though I must admit I liked it when there was more debauchery in the script. Lee Carter’s art is fantastic though, I’d love to see him do a Dredd with some nasty, very dangerous Juve gang, have you seen his designs on Deviantart? Second last panel with Cythia pointing the gun was the standout panel of the episode, lovely.
There’s something odd about Tony Lee’s stories – or rather, the end of Tony Lee’s stories. I was completely indifferent towards Stalag 666 all the way through it, right until the final panel, which I found tremendously moving and which made me re-evaluate the whole story and give it a thumbs up. The same thing seems to be happening with Necrophim, as this episode in what seems to be the closing chapter of the tale is completely gripping in its own right, as well as upping the stakes for the eventual final showdown.
Plus in contains possibly the creepiest shot of a ghost laughing ever seen in the Galaxy’s Greatest. Who would have thought we’d ever sympathise with Lucifer?