Lazarus: The First Collection #1-9 by Greg Rucka (Writer), Michael Lark (Illustrator), Santi Arcas (Illustrator)

April 2, 2015
Comic Book Review, InToriLex

Lazarus: The First Collection


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...



Throughout the series Forever Carlyle works hard to defend her family and home. But struggles throughout the series with her own identity. This series is violent, emotional and very entertaining. Throughout the series it highlights the great disparity in wealth distribution that exists in the world, people outside of family's or their service are considered Waste. The series was inspired in part by the Occupy WallStreet movement, so many parallels are intentional.
Forever is a feat of science, physically enhanced and perfected to be the Family's perfect defender. All of the powerful Family's in Lazarus have their own Lazari for their family. But Forever must grapple with the possibility she is not biologically related to her family. There is quite a bit  about how the allegiances are formed between families and the corrupt nature of this world, but how Forever deals with it all, is the most fascinating.

The large majority in this overpopulated world are Waste. Waste exist  at the brim of poverty and the mercy of the Family's charity. Most people work hard and go though a selection process called Lift that will make them valuable servants to a family and improve their status.

The action scenes are great along with the rest of the artwork, and this shifting perspective comic has alot left in store  for readers. Forever is not quite a super hero and the dystopian society brings a wonderful story line to the medium. If your not into comics but enjoy dystopias, this comic is definitely something you should check out. How wealth and power corrupt in this futuristic setting is close enough to home to make you think about the society we live in. (P.S. I  will only review larger collections of comics at a time.)

1 comment:

Konna said...

Hello! I nominated you for the Liebster Award!
Check it out here: http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/04/liebster-award-nomination.html

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