Lucifer season five is hopefully coming to Netflix in Spring 2020. The final season will consist of 16 episodes, split into two halves. Lucifer first aired on Fox before being cancelled after three seasons. Luckily, Netflix saved the show and season four premiered on the streaming service in Spring this year. Welsh actor Tom Ellis plays the main character Lucifer Morningstar who was created by Good Omen’s mastermind, Neil Gaiman.
What comic book series is Lucifer based on?
The TV series Lucifer is not based on one single comic book.
Instead, the show is based on DC Comic characters that first appeared in the comic series The Sandman. The Sandman and the characters Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis), Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Amenadiel (DB Woodside) were created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg in the 1980s. Lucifer Morningstar then became the main protagonist in the spin-off comic book series of the same name, published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.
The comic book series ran from 2000 until 2006 and 2015 until 2017, with 75 issues in total. The spin-off was developed by Mike Carey, Peter Fross and Ryan Kelly. Lucifer was then relaunched in 2015 by Dan Watters, Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara. Several of DC Comic Vertigo publications have gone on to become a successful film and television shows including Constantine, Stardust, iZombie, Lucifer and Preacher.
Fans of the original comic book series and the show will notice that some of the main characters in the show including Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), Detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) and Dr Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) do not feature in the comics.
Here is everything you need to know about the original comic book characters:
Lucifer Samael Morningstar
Lucifer Morningstar was first introduced in the comic book series The Sandman as a supporting character in 1989. He was then the titular character of the spin-off comic book series of the same name.
In The Sandman, Lucifer abandoned his rule of hell and moved first to Perth, Western Australia and later to Los Angeles, California, where he is seen in the Fox and Netflix TV series. In the spin-off series, written by Mike Carey, Lucifer would travel between Earth and Heaven after abandoning hell in The Sandman.
Lucifer also appears in the comic book series The Demon and The Spectre.
Mazikeen was first introduced in the Sandman volume two, issue 22 in December 1990. She was created by Nail Gaiman and Kelley Jones as a close friend of the devil. In The Sandman comics, she helped Lucifer rule over hell and when Lucifer left, she followed.
She even helped cut off his angel wings when he arrived on Earth. Maze is one of the Lilim, which means she is a child of Lilith. In Jewish mythology, Lilith is described as a sexually dangerous demon who steals babies in the night.
In Jewish folklore, especially in the Alphabet of Sirach, Lilith appears as Adam’s first wife, who was created from the same clay as Adam.
Her name comes from the term Mazzikin, which in Jewish mythology refers to invisible demons who create minor or major dangers and annoyances.
Amenadiel is an angel and the older brother to Lucifer. In the comic series The Sandman, Amenadiel has a strong hatred for his brother after he rebelled against their father, God. In The Sandman, Amenadiel leads numerous attacks against his brother to destroy him in the name of Heaven.
When Amenadiel first arrived on Earth in the TV series Lucifer, he attempted numerous times to return his brother to hell, where he belongs. By season four of Lucifer, Amenadiel had formed a close bond with his brother and they both lived happily on Earth together.