Lazarus #1 (Image)


Rating: 5/5 – Nobody lives forever?  Maybe Eve does.

I was really looking forward to this book from the moment I saw it advertised.  Greg Rucka writing & Michael Lark on art?  A great team and something I went into with high expectations.  Rucka & Lark did not disappoint me.

We’re introduced to a dystopian future where food seems to be the most precious commodity there is and it’s controlled by a handful of families.  The families rule, their workers are serfs (going back to the medieval) and everyone else is “waste”.  Each family has a protector who has been technologically & genetically enhanced to be able to survive things that would kill most.  These are the protectors and enforcers for the family and designated as their “Lazarus” a reference to the biblical figure that Jesus raised from the dead.

Lark’s art is a perfect counterpoint to Rucka’s fast-paced story.  There is a lot of information that is  delivered in the context of the story as we learn about the world, the characters and the environment.  Rucka and Lark show us the information in the course of the story instead of just telling it narratively.  It’s the style that they use to give the reader the information that makes this comic stand out, it’s masterfully executed.

The future is dystopian but distinct from the dozens (hundreds?) of other dystopian futures I’ve seen in other stories.  The characters and setting are compelling.  I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and look forward to my next visit to the world Rucka and Lark have crafted for our entertainment.   This is highly recommended, get a copy before it sells out!

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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