Graphic Novel Review: Lazarus vol.1 Family by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

Lazarus, Vol. 1: FamilyLazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

Genre: Dystopian Future, Science Fiction
Series: Collecting Lazarus #1-4 and the Preview
Publisher: Image Comics
Expected Publication Date: October 22, 2013
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Artist Info:  Goodreads Profile

…a gritty, tantalizing story, brought to life by the dark, confident lines of Michael Lark.
4 of 5 stars

In Greg Rucka’s dystopian future, money is power and those without it are Waste. The Families are the ones with power and Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus, a Family member trained and augmented to serve and protect the family’s needs. As the codename implies, there is a lot of death involved in her life, but we quickly learn that, because of how much she understands physical death, there are a lot of unresolved emotions connected to killing that Forever should not be having. For now, she does her job to protect the Family, but her increasing empathy is probably going to be problematic.

Initially, this seemed like a cold-hearted killer with a warming heart story, but as I suspected, Rucka quickly brought in the heavy emotional content. With four other questionably loyal children to his name, Frank Carlyle increasingly turns to the one the siblings think the least of to handle conflicts. Forever serves willingly and with a smile, certain of her father’s love. This is where Forever’s Pinocchio story really struck me. How far will a child willingly go when she believes the commands are given out of love?

Forever is at the heart of this story, and surrounding her are the politics of the Families, the plight of the Wastes, the treachery and conflict between the Carlyle siblings and the technology of the Lazaruses and their connection to each other. All together, it makes for a gritty, tantalizing story, brought to life by the dark, confident lines of Michael Lark.

With thanks to Netgalley and Image Comics for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

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