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Although it never states it out-right, the Bible (or at least the New Testament) makes references to a time when Lucifer tried to usurp control of Heaven from God; that war is the setting of Apocrypha. Of course, anybody who's ever read Paradise Lost already knows about this war and that poem was the true inspiration for this comic.

Say hello to our big bad trio: Lucifer the Light-Bearer, Beelzebub the Liar and Apollyon the Destroyer. All three characters are, of course, Biblical demons (though Beelzebub is often another name for Lucifer and Apollyon's identity varies from story to story). All three characters were inspired by yet another poem, The Pilgrim's Progress. In it, Lucifer, Beelzebub (as a separate entity) and Apollyon are three demons that set up temptations and traps for the main characters. While everyone else in 8th grade English class was groaning, I was eating these stories up and deciding what I was (hopefully) going to do with the rest of my life.

You'll see for yourself over the rest of the book that the Big Bad Three aren't the main characters of this story, but more of a setting device. The main character, as I say in all promotional materials, is a low-ranking soldier, and grunts such as him rarely get to tangle with the leading generals. To that end, I can tell you pretty much everything about these characters 'cause it isn't gonna spoil anything:

Lucifer is obviously Lucifer. His Deadly Sins here are pride and greed. He seeks to control Heaven himself for reasons the comic's narrator won't get around to telling us, but anyone familiar with his history doesn't have to think too hard about it. Many stories tell that Lucifer was once one of God's most cherished angels and good-looking to boot. To that end, my idea for the villain was "underwear model with a cold stare and black wings." The only bit of clothing his vanity allows is a golden banner he loosely drapes over himself, the gold a nod to his self-given title of "Light-Bearer." Anyone who works for Lucifer is forced to wear one of these.

Beelzebub's Deadly Sin is gluttony and what she gorges herself on is deceit. Beelz lives to lie and will even screw over a friend so long as she has her dirty little secret and can watch their dismay when they see they've been played. She has no interest in conquest or killing, but Lucifer's fun enough and God frowns upon dishonesty; she sides with Lucifer so she can have fun pulling the wool over all his enemies' eyes. Her original design gave her bug wings (as Beelzebub is often called the Lord of the Flies), but some unsent emails meant that artist Sarah Irgang had to improvise. Aside from the wings, I like this design much better than the one I came up with. On a side-note I think this is a rare case where Beelz is portrayed as female (without being a female Satan/Lucifer).

Apollyon's Deadly Sin is wrath. He is largely my whimsies that just so happened to sync up with what most stories say about him (including that "Destroyer" title). Pilgrim's Progress depicted him as a dragon that fired spikes at the heroes, but I tried making a dragon-like suit of armor for him and thought it too complex and generic; all he kept were the draconian wings. My direction for his design and personality was "monolith." He's huge, powerful and silent. As you can see on this page, he's not a happy camper and joins the war so that he can kill as much as he can. He so hates the idea of life that he wears his armor to hide the face God gave him to spite his creator for the "gift" he was given; the star on his faceless mask is awesome an homage to The Morning Star, but more on that later. Although nobody fights harder in Lucifer's army than Apollyon, the two have an unspoken understanding that Apollyon hates all life and that killing everyone on God's side is only half the equation for Apollyon...

A line has been drawn in the sand and Lucifer isn't going to stop. Keep your ear to the ground to learn what happens next!

Paradise Lost written by John Milton
Pilgrim's Progress written by John Bunyan