THE DEVIL’S WORK

The del­i­cate art of adap­ta­tion

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Vertigo -

The Lu­cifer TV show has been crit­i­cised for hav­ing only the bare min­i­mum in com­mon with the comic book of the same name, but Mike Carey, writer of the Lu­cifer comic, knows bet­ter than most that adap­ta­tion means rein­ven­tion. He con­fesses that, while he’s seen and en­joyed some episodes of Lu­cifer, he’s “not fol­low­ing it re­li­giously. No pun in­tended.”

Carey, of course, was him­self adapt­ing Lu­cifer from Neil Gaiman’s Sand­man, where the char­ac­ter had first been in­tro­duced. On the sub­ject of adap­ta­tion, Carey says: “I’ve done it enough times to know now that you can’t trans­late some­thing straight from one medium to an­other, you have to fig­ure out what works in the new medium and play to that… I don’t re­sent the fact that the show’s gone in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion from the comic. I think it had to. And ul­ti­mately I think that Lu­cifer the comic went in a some­what dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion to Sand­man, al­though it was al­ways a joy to write a con­tin­u­a­tion of some of those sto­ries. I still think that

Sand­man is one of the mas­ter­pieces of the whole comic book medium.”

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