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King, Charles W. "What If It’s Just Good Business? Hell, Business Models, and the Dilution of Justice in Mike Carey’s Lucifer." In: Hell and its Afterlife. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Hrsg. v. Margaret Toscano und Isabel Moreira. London, New York: Routledge, 2010, S. 191–202. 
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Resource type: Book Article
Languages: English
BibTeX citation key: King2010
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Lucifer", Carey. Mike, Economics, Horror, Justice, USA
Creators: King, Moreira, Toscano
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
Collection: Hell and its Afterlife. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
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The comic book Lucifer, from the publisher DC/Vertigo, ran for seventy-five monthly issues from June of 2000 to August of 2006 with Mike Carey as author and Peter Gross as the primary illustrator. Lucifer shows the intersection of its overtly fictional hell with modern business models in two respects. In general terms, it illustrates the complexities of attempting to author a distinctive storyline within the framework of a perpetually ongoing multi-author “universe,” which is the dominant format of recent comic publishing. More specifically, Carey’s portrayal of hell in Lucifer presents a model of damnation that owes more to concerns about corporate America than to Judeo-Christian theology. Carey presents hell as a business venture run by demons to profit themselves, where any element of divine justice in hell’s “punishments” is merely a smokescreen in an essentially amoral business venture inspired by its equally amoral former CEO, Lucifer.
  
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