Review: Lazarus (Vol. 1)

Posted 12 June, 2015 by Lianne in Comics / 4 Comments

Lazarus: Family (Vol. 1)
By: Greg Rucka (Writer), Michael Lark (Artist)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there…

Collects LAZARUS #1-4 and previously only-available-online, four-page short, “Family: Prelude.”

I picked up this comic after reading somewhere online that it had been optioned as a television show or movie (I can’t recall which). The premise sounds really intersting and I heard the main character’s pretty bad ass, so why not? I picked it up to see for myself.

This volume is a great introduction to the story and the world in which the characters operate under. Somewhere in the near-future resources are controlled by Families and society has basically gone back to something akin to the feudal system. Forever is Carlyle’s Lazarus, the main protector of the Family and often dispatched to take care of major problems that threaten the Family and its safety and security. Forever is genetically equipped to withstand gunshots and killing blows, but her past remains something of a blank, and her raising questions about what she’s doing isn’t quite in the Family’s benefit. She’s quite the badass, and I’m curious to see where her story goes.

This volume also does a great job in introducing the principal members of the Carlyle family. They’re united in name only as it’s clear they all have their own interests in mind, feeding into Family politics. The Families also operate under a very particular rule system, which was pretty interesting as it appears only the heads of the Families still abide to said rule system; it remains to be seen how long it will be enforced as the story goes on.

The art style brings out the tone and mood that the story works under. I love how the features on the characters’ faces aren’t 100% in detail, allowing readers to fill in the gaps but also reflects some of the grey areas in which these characters operate under.

Lazarus volume 1 is a great start to a new series. It does a wonderful job in presenting the world in which the story takes place, the characters, and the conflict that has everyone preoccupied. It also plants seeds to questions that I reckon will be explored in later volumes, namely Forever and her past (the unsaid things that are appear to be nagging at the back of her head). I’m keen to continue reading the series at a later date.

Rating: ★★★★★

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