Lucifer Morningstar (Multiverse) (DC Comics)




Lucifer Morningstar is a DC Comics character that starred in an eponymous comic book published under the Vertigo imprint, whose entire run was written by Mike Carey. Though various depictions of Lucifer — the Biblical fallen angel and Devil of the Abrahamic religions — have been presented by DC Comics in their run, his modern interpretation by Neil Gaiman first debuted in The Sandman in 1989. Like many modern interpretations of Satan, DC's Lucifer owes much to the character's portrayal in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, though Gaiman adapts the character to fit the fictional DC Universe where their comics are set, where the character exists alongside superheroes and deities from multiple religions.
Later, the character acquired an ongoing Lucifer spin-off series, depicting his adventures on Earth, Heaven, and in the various other realms of creation after abandoning Hell in the Sandman series.[1] Lucifer also appears as a supporting character in issues of The Demon, The Spectre, and other DC Universe comics. Two angels, several demons, a human, and briefly Superman[2] have taken his place as ruler of Hell, and the Reign in Hell series further straightened things out.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: 
  • Dream: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 (December 1962)
  • Historical: DC Special Series #8 (February 1978)
  • Modern: The Sandman #4 (April 1989)
Created by: Mike Carey (writer)

In-story information

Alter ego: Samael 
Phonetic: lúsəfər mɔ́rnɪŋstàr
Translation: 
Notable aliases: The Lightbringer, Satan, Prince of the East, the Morningstar, Sunlighter of God, The Adversary, The Devil, Atse'Hashke, The Maker, The Mocker

Relatives: God of the Covenant (Father), Michael the Archangel (Brother), Elaine Belloc (neice), Mazikean (consort)
Affiliations: Loki (New Earth), Duma (New Earth), Adam (New Earth), Death (New Earth), Etrigan (New Earth), Raven Woman (New Earth), Izanami (New Earth), John Constantine (New Earth), The Presence

Team affiliations:
Enemies: Cain (New Earth), Destiny (New Earth), Dream (New Earth), Gyges (God of War), Izanami (New Earth), Michael the Archangel, Sandalphon (New Earth)
Abilities: 
  • virtual omnipotence
  • master manipulator
  • infinite will, Machiavellian intelligence and an eternity of practice in the art of thinking outside the box
Base Of Operations: Los Angeles, California; formerly Perth, Australia; formerly Hell

Status

Alignment: Neutral
Identity Secret: Public
Race: Demons
Citizenship:
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Former Lord and Master of the Kingdom of Hell


Characteristics

Gender: Male
Height: 177.8 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Eyes: Amber
Hair: Blond
Unusual Features: Been known to have taken the form of a red skinned horned demon, but more commonly takes the form of a handsome blond haired or black haired man with white or black angel wings.

Origin

Origin: Created at the beginning of creation by the Presence
Universe: Multiverse 
Place of origin: Heaven, Lucifer's Creation and Hell
Place of Birth: Heaven

History


Origin

Eons ago, Lucifer Morningstar rebelled against the Kingdom of Heaven, and was cast into a shapeless void known as the Chaoplasm. The Chaoplasm was transformed into a desolate and barren expanse known by many as Hell, the final destination for damned souls. Here Morningstar ruled, awaiting the day he could be freed.
Lucifer was forced to share his power after the Great Darkness's return. A Triumverate was formed, but Lucifer retained the majority of power.

At one point, Dream of the Endless entered Hell searching for the Helm that had been stolen from him when he was imprisoned. After Dream recovered his helm and slighted him, Morningstar threatened to destroy Dream.

Lucifer eventually abandoned his lordship over Hell. Lucifer had ruled as lord of Hell for ten billion years. Over that time, he had manipulated the various demons of Hell against each other, provided a place for dead mortals to be tormented, and led the war against Heaven. However, at some point during his rule, he had become bored with this existence. He became tired of the various stereotypes that mortals held of the devil, such as the idea that he purchased and traded for souls, which were largely untrue. He also resented the assumption that he caused the evils that humans did- he did not, in fact, have anything to do with the actions of the mortals who ended up there, he simply punished them. He had become tired of his reign over Hell, and felt it an unfair punishment that he should have to rule there forever simply because he once rebelled. These feelings were catalyzed when he was visited by Dream. Lucifer expelled all demons and damned souls from Hell before locking Hell's gates and handing over the key to Hell to Dream of the Endless. Eventually, control of Hell was handed over to two Angels, Duma (the angel of silence) and Remiel ("who stumbled rather than fell"), while Lucifer simply retired to Earth, specifically to Perth, Western Australia.

Now running a piano bar called "Lux" in Los Angeles with the assistance of his Lilim female consort, Mazikeen, Lucifer is portrayed as
sophisticated and almost charming, similar to the stereotypical Christian devil. Beneath his charisma, however, Lucifer is a deadly and Machiavellian character, with no regard for human life or indeed any life other than those he can use to his advantage: a proud and vindictive fallen angel who has no qualms using powers second only to those of his father, Yahweh. In fact, Lucifer is described as having been the wisest, most beautiful and most powerful of all the angels in heaven, and he retains these traits even after his fall. Despite his egotistic and narcissistic tendencies, he does follow something akin to a code of honor- there are few beings in the universe he respects (his brother Michael and the Angel Duma among them) and only two he could be agued to care about (Mazikeen, his consort, and his niece Elaine), though his actions on their behalf are almost always for his own benefit, and it is doubted by all that he would help them otherwise. He also refuses emphatically to lie (which he considers crass and undignified), insists on paying back debts, and keeps his word- though this must not be confused with virtue.

Lucifer's "restful" retirement was disturbed by a series of associates from his past, and after various catalytic events, he endeavored to create a universe in competition with that of (and presumably against the wishes of) his father, Yahweh. This puts him on a collision course with several powerful mystical entities that have a vested interest in the new creation and draws the angelic host into the fray - including his brother, the archangel Michael Demiurgos, and his niece Elaine.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Relative Omnipotence: The ability to manipulate any external force for any effect he desires. He cannot, however, create something out of nothing for this he needs the Demiurgic force of his brother Michael, and later his niece Elaine. Together, Michael and Lucifer are capable of creating entire
    multiverses. His most common use of power is calling forth the fire of the various suns he used to birth and burning his opponents to ashes.
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Energy Projection
    • Matter Absorption
    • Reality Alteration
    • Immortality

Abilities

  • Infinite Will: He is virtually unstoppable in his drive towards any given goal.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: He is unbelievably cunning and intelligent.
  • Master Manipulator: He is able to manipulate virtually anyone to his own ends, including gods, angels and even his father.

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Paraphernalia

Equipment

Transportation

Weapons

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