Lazarus : Volume 1 Paperback
by Greg Rucka
Collecting the first four issues of the Eisner-winning team of Rucka and Lark's critically acclaimed new series about Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the Carlyle Family.
Included is the previously only-available-online, four-page short, "Family: Prelude." In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100 per cent 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Image Comics
- Publication Date: 22/10/2013
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781607068099
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Review by DanieXJ
Everyone and every place that I take comic recommendations from were oohing and aahing about this story when it was coming out in the individual issues and so I was very excited when I saw it pop up on the Netgalley screen and jumped at the chance to read it, and I think that it lived up to every single bit of praise that has already been heaped on it.Even before I start with the story I'll go into one of the things that can always put me off or get me into a series/TPB, the art. I just loved, loved, loved the art in this. It's not totally my favorite style (I generally like a clean and delineated sort of style), and yet, when I opened up the first page of this, the art just worked in a way that I haven't seen since Saga, or some of the 90s era Superman stories. I think that part of the reason that I liked the art was because of just how well it went with the story. This isn't a clean and orderly story, there's lots of blood, lots of violence, and nothing is straightforward in this TPB.Forever, the main character (and the lady on the cover of the TPB) is a Lazarus, which is basically the best of each of the Families who now rule the world. The best of each Families' technology and science is put into these people so that they can be the Families' tip of the sword so to speak. Forever (who was called by Eve a couple of times which threw me off at first, then I got it For-EVE-r... a very cool nick from an interesting name for sure) is the Carlyle Family's Lazarus, and in her case, she's been put back together quite a few times. The Carlyle Family also has Malcolm, the father, an unnamed mother, two brothers, Jonah and Stephen and two sisters, Beth and Johanna. They each have their own aims and boy are all the relationships interesting. There's also James, who's a doctor who works for the Carlyles and sometimes with Beth.That brings me to the world that all these people live in. They're at the top, then there are Serfs, those who have been picked from the masses and get education, or military training or whatever, I think James is one of these guys. Then, there's the rest of the populace, who are called Waste. There wasn't a whole ton about them in this TPB, but, somehow my guess is that in the future of this title we will be reading a lot more about them.In this TPB the Carlyles are going up against a Family to their south, the Morrays. We get to meet the Morrays' Lazarus, and there's a lot of interesting political like stuff that goes on too.I've liked a whole lot of what Rucka has done while with DC, but this, this is even better. I can't wait for the next TPB.I got this advanced galley through Netgalley on behalf of Image Comics and Diamond Book Distributors.
Review by TStarnes
As always I know absolutely nothing about this book prior to receiving it; I often try to have a quick flick through of the titles as they come in before I file them away for later and this one really caught my eye. I have managed to restrain myself from doing any investigations into the title despite my interest and I am very glad I did because this comic feels like one big mystery. The comic starts out with a very cold opening as a young woman is brutally gunned down by three men. It is very strange as you read it because it becomes clear that contrary to what the page is showing, she is clearly alive and describing in graphic terms what is happening to her. Even to the point of her apparent death all she is doing is describing the mechanics of what her body is going through. The cold spoken explanation stops as she rises from the ground and for five graphic pages brutally takes her revenge.The art in this comic is of a style that I generally do not like, it is scratchy and heavily inked with black being the shading rather than darker colour. But this art team deserve so much credit because even at a distance when the details become less defined you can see exactly who everyone is. A lot of thought has been put into the characters silhouettes so that with this heavy shading style you can pick them out even in a small crowded panel. It is masterfully done because this is not a superhero comic where every character can be immediately identified because of their garish costume colours; these people are wearing blacks, greys and whites in similar styles. There is barely any colour in the comic except for the mood lighting distinguishing different areas. Some labs have a green glow from the monitors; when outside it appears to be permanent sunrise or set with a sickly yellow tint to everything natural. The only true colours shown in the comic are digital monitors which show vibrant often blue colourings and the blood which is a dark crimson red. There is a fair amount of blood in this comic, but it is not gratuitous, but I would not recommend the blood for children; it gets a definite ‘teen’ rating from me.Unlike a few other trades I have reviewed which seemed to go on forever, I was still trying to scroll down when the comic ended not noticing that I had reached the end page. I actually swore at the computer when I realised that they were leaving it on that strong a dramatic reveal. A brilliant book, with wonderful planned slow release storytelling, art that fits perfectly with the subject matter and one that I will be definitely looking out for the next part of the story. If I had a big sticker saying ‘Recommendation of the month’ then I would be putting it on this comic without a moment’s hesitation.
Review by ElizaJane
Wicked! This starts off no holds barred violent with us learning our main character is not somehow quite exactly human. Through this violence and her, Eva, the futuristic world is unveiled. One ruled by families, with small numbers of blood members. These then work similar to medieval fiefdoms with trained Serfs serving the family and then an overload of expendable population called Waste. Right away we see Eva's problem with the majority of her family members is that she seems to be having a conscience, this is not allowed in her position and her doctor is doing what he can for her. This was all great hard-edged stuff, very violent, political, guerrilla warfare like. But when the family got together in their mansion the huddled tete-a-tetes in corners, the secret meetings, the explosive family gatherings and wild relationships between family members and servants was pure soap opera, making me think of "Dynasty in Space". Sounds corny when I write it like that but I looooved the dynamics of it all. By the end of the book we've already got one family member booted out and on the run for his/her life. Can't wait for this to continue!!
Review by steadfastreader
Maybe I'm just not the graphic novel type. 'Lazarus' is conceived in a genre that I generally love -the dystopia, but I just didn't feel any power behind it. This is often my complaint when it comes to graphic novels, that they lack the depth of a 'real' novel. That being said, the dystopia created in 'Lazarus' is a truly frightening one because it is actually true in so many parts of the world today. A few wealthy individuals and their families fight for resources while the rest of the human population is merely considered 'waste'. Great concept, I'd like to see it more fleshed out. <br/><br/>(This review is based on an advance review copy supplied through NetGalley by the publisher.)
Review by rivkat
In a broken and hungry world where serfs serve the ruling Families and most humans, defined as Waste, struggle to survive, the Families turn to engineering perfect protectors. Forever/Eve has been bioengineered to withstand almost any physical assault, and her loyalties are guaranteed by a combination of drugs and emotion: she thinks she’s actually the daughter/sister of the rest of the Family, though we quickly learn she’s not. When one of her brothers (whose relationship with another sister is far too close) starts scheming to take over the Family, she’s plunged into dangerous waters. It wasn’t bad, but nothing really grabbed me.
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