Posted on July 5, 2013 AT 06:21pm
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s new creator-owned series has finally hit shelves, with the release of Image Comics’ Lazarus #1. This science fiction story focuses on a near future where several families own large portions of land all around the world. This mafia-style future gives the wealthy families all the power, with those working for them getting the scraps and those who aren’t so lucky being treated as garbage. This new path focuses on the agriculture-minded Carlyle family and their “Lazarus”, their daughter Forever, who acts as the muscle of the family, able to take a massive amount of punishment and still come back each time.
This issue is very much an opening issue to a brand new series. It brings forth a lot of ideas and tries to explain some of the major plot points in a very short period of time, which makes this a very scattered opening issue. This is pretty common with a new series, but overall this world and the characters that inhabit it are very interesting, making this a series that is definitely worth looking out for in the future. Forever is an especially interesting character, as this female lead plays the role of what is usually the stereotypical male bodyguard role within the Carlyle family.
Greg Rucka is a well respected comic book writer, and the reasoning for that is shown in superb fashion with this issue. While his plot suffers from first issue problems, it’s apparent that this is something that has been very well thought out and is abundant in detail. While the major points of the plot will be revealed soon, this writing is something that will likely pay off in a big way.
Michael Lark takes most of the art duties, with Santi Arcas taking the coloring duties. The result is a very dark and gritty visual tone with lots of muted colors and cross-hatch shading. This style fits well with the tone of the book thus far, and while there is a distinct lack of defined lines and major detail, that is something that may not wind up as a detriment as the book continues.
Summary: This brand new series is something to really look out for, with an interesting premise and some strong characters. While it suffers from some first issue problems, this looks like it will be a new creator owned series that will be on everyone’s radar very soon.
Pros: Great characters, terrific premise.
Cons: Scattered plot.
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