This one-off issue is another break from the regular storyline that takes us from the 21st century back to 455AD when the Vandal army destroyed Rome, except all isn’t as we think and we see Julius Caesar go off to fight the Vandal army by himself.
Julius is in fact Lucifer and is essentially the last God standing.
Annake chides Lucifer for what he’s done, but he’s having none of it.
He also seems to have totally sussed Annake out for the manipulative God-killer she is.
However after declaring himself emperor and wishing Rome to be a better place, things don’t turn out as planned.
As Lucifer turns out to be quite, quite mad.
Things end up turning out as we know them too but this is a story to show just how far Annake will go to end the brief lives of the Gods and what happens when a God tries to live longer than their allotted lifespan. It’s a bleak, gory and depressing vision and one that is expertly written by Gillen and splendidly drawn by Andre Araujo. This is a nice compliment to the ongoing series but without the main series the story is weaker so don’t treat this as something you can dive into on it’s own.