Over the next few weeks, I want to talk about a series that recently completed that really interested me. It was called Hexed and, much like my Runaways review, I’ll be going into details about the story and the characters. One thing to note is that there is a prequel book called Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown that seems to be a prequel to the comic series. Since this isn’t a book review, but a comic review, I won’t go into it.
We’ll start with what Hexed is and cover the first series:
Hexed is the story of a young girl named Lucifer who, sometime in the past, came into contact with a mysterious and powerful being known as the Harlot. The Harlot is the ultimate information broker, and she yearns for a successor to her title to the Keeper of Secrets. For some reason she chose Lucifer for this role and placed hex upon her soul because of it, which will allow her to claim her soul upon death and make her into the next Keeper of Secrets.
Both the 2008 series and the 2014 series tell the story of Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, or Lucifer for short, but covers different aspects of her life. The 2008 series gives us a glance into the life she’s lived and mistakes she’s made as a powerful figure intends to use her to eliminate his competition, which would throw the magical society into a war that would bleed over into the regular world. The 2014 series gives us an introspective look into those she cares about and how they feel the same for her, showing how they’ve become her new family and the extent she would go to protect them.
In a way, the series reminds of the Dresden Files, despite having different protagonists. Harry Dresden is a detective by trade, while Lucifer is a thief and proud of that. Both work on supernatural cases and take bad things from bad people to make sure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. Maybe these similarities are why I like it so much?
2008 / 4-Issue Series
The first series, introduced in 2008 had Lucifer working with an art gallery manager named Val in securing magical artifacts that are too dangerous to be out in public. The first few pages introduce us to Lucifer sneaking into the rear entrance of a club, picking a lock, and then opening a safe that’s guarded by a witch-hound that she subsequently seals inside of a pink stuffed doll. This item that she takes is later revealed to be an angel’s wings (this will come up later on) and Val’s people will see to it that it gets back to its proper owner.
Back at home, she comes face-to-face with a former client named Dietrich who she left with a debt of about three-hundred grand because she refused to steal from Nuns that he lied about. Dietrich seems to understand that she doesn’t care for herself, but knows that she doesn’t want people to be hurt because of her, even if it’s happened before. So he sends her on a mission to retrieve a magical item that, when combined with the true name of someone else, can kill them without fail.
She’s forced to retrieve it, but goes to Val to warn her that she’s in danger. Val is willing to die rather than let the magical too be used because it’s caused thousands of deaths, but Lucifer won’t let her and warns her to be careful before Dietrich shows up at her home and she takes him into the Aether where the Harlot dwells in search of the true name of a person known as Madam Cymbaline. When Lucifer refuses, he has the tool attempt to kill Val and threatens to do the same to one person out of the phone book until he does get it back.
Lucifer ends up leading a car chase before being arrested and then summoning a demon who lets her escape through a toilet (yes, really). She finds that Val is alive, having transferred her name to one of Dietrich’s men and slit the others throat, but then Dietrich shows up and shoots Val with the intention of shooting her thirty times unless Lucifer gets him what he wants. To bring things to a close without going into overt details, he shoots Lucifer, Lucifer kills him with the witch-hound, and divine intervention in the form of the angel whose wings she returned ends up saving her life with a reminder that heaven can be found by anyone willing to strive for it.
Next week, we’ll go into the 2014 / 12 – Issue series.