Review: Lazarus, vol. 1 – Family

Greg Rucka’s latest comic book series features yet another iteration of his trademarked tough-gal protagonist. But I found Forever Carlyle (also referred to as Eve) to be quite an interesting, complex lead character.

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The setting of the book is futuristic, and the world building is pretty solid. It’s not a world difficult to imagine: the wealthy, rather than governments, run the world. Power is consolidated amongst a few warring families, and everyone else is either a “serf” (useful and in the employ of a family) or a “waste” (left to fend for themselves).

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Each family has a “Lazarus,” a member who is endowed with the best bio-mechanical advances science can provide, to be the family’s ultimate warrior. This is the story of Forever, Lazarus of the Carlyle family. And although we see her begin to question her role and actions, she’s not exactly a hero. Yet.

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Michael Lark’s dark, moody artwork fits the tone of Rucka’s dystopian crime epic perfectly. It’s everything you remember and expect from Lark: atmospheric, lush, textured. The action sequences are well choreographed and presented like a punch to the gut. The character moments are equally well-crafted, with plenty of scene setting and emotional depth.

These guys are veteran creators, and work so well together. On Lazarus, they’re absolutely in sync, and the result is a complex, layered, nuanced story. I’m looking forward to future installments.

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