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Lazarus #2 [Image Comics] Review

Posted on July 31, 2013 AT 08:13pm

The world of Lazarus has returned, with Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s story of a new plane of existence showing more dark than light. With the family Carlyle controlling one major portion of the world they know, the Lazarus known as Forever takes the stage, showing off her unusual but highly valuable skills. In the first issue, the control the Carlyle family has was put on full display, and now, Forever is showing signs of doubt, while also proving her loyalty to the family that controls a large portion of the agriculture of this world, controlling not only those known as “serfs”, the people who have skills that serve the family, but those known as “waste”, the downtrodden people who serve little to no purpose.

This issue is more exposition and introduction, with Forever and the Carlyle family showing off their muscle after a break-in from a rival family in the last issue. With Forever’s unique skills placed at the forefront, it looks as though this alternate world is not one for the weak, or one that is forgiving. As this issue expands the world, showing more of the land that the Carlyle family controls, complications in the family itself are already showing, allowing for readers to see just how stressful and intense this new future is, and how having a Lazarus like Forever could mean life and death for a controlling family.

Greg Rucka’s dream series is Lazarus, and with it comes more questions than answers in the first two issues. While there were some major revelations in this issue, there are still many things to explain about this world and those who live inside of it. So far, it’s been a dense but mysterious plot, only giving the reader bits and pieces. It’s been an interesting read thus far, but two issues in, this is only the start of what could end up being a very long story.

Michael Lark is doing a great job representing the gritty landscape of the series. His edgy artwork makes this entire dusty landscape seem much more real, and the colors by Santi Arcas add an entirely new layer of depth to the series. While the color pallete is a bit limited, this is a good looking story, and Lark’s figure work is impressive, with each character looking like they could have been modeled from a photograph.

Summary: While not much has really happened in the world of Lazarus just yet, it’s looking to be a promising story full of betrayal, underhanded tactics and desolate situations. With a character like Forever, things could take any number of turns, and most likely, readers will be there guessing along the way. With a mysterious but engaging story and impressive artwork, Lazarus should continue to be a big hit.

Pros: Engaging Story, Great Artwork

Cons: Limited Use Of Colors, Lack Of Revealing Plot Details

Grade: B


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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