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Comic Review: Lazarus #5

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 6:00 am by Heather Antos

Lazarus_05-1Written By: Greg Rucka

Pencils & Letters By: Michael Lark with Brian Level

Colors By: Santi Arcas

Published By: Image Comics

 

 

 

 

 

With the Dystopian Society genre recently taking over literature the past decade (with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, just to name a few) it only seems fitting that the comic industry would follow suit. Image Comics’ and Greg Rucka’s Lazarus has become one of the most anticipated series here at Geekly Review; America is no longer governed as we’re used to, but rather ran by mob like “families,” warring for control over their serfs and land – but no family would be complete without their own Lazarus.

Last month Rucka finished the first arc with a bang (quite literally) with the betrayal of one of Forever’s “siblings.” Following Jonah’s betrayal, Forever is now beginning to question the loyalty and nature of the word “family,” especially her own. Can they be trusted? And now, in Lazarus #5, the “waste” (or non-family members) are traveling from all over ‘Carlyle Country’ to Denver in the hopes of moving up and improving their lives.

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Greg Rucka has proven himself a master storyteller with the Lazarus series. The world he crafted feels like a mix between mafia life, as well as the archaic medieval serfdom systems, mixing in, of course, a modern view of the world. It’s really quite clever to turn history on itself like that. Lazarus #5, however, seemed almost confusing at times when it came to continuity. The issue starts with a glimpse of Forever’s childhood, before issue #1, and continues to change location and time. However, no indication of when in the continuity each scene takes place is ever noted. It’s assumed that the reader will be able to glean that information from the sidelines. Rucka also took a couple of pages to show what life is like for the Waste in the domains of the families, and the rough struggles they face whilst the Families live lavish lives. Though sometimes confusing and slow with pacing, Lazarus #5 starts the series second arc with an interesting view on the world and the changes within it soon to come.

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Michael Lark’s pencils continue to impress in Lazarus #5, and Santi Arcas’ colors follow suit seamlessly. Arcas’ mix and blend of shadow and muted color palettes mixed with Lark’s excellently drafted dark lines of the Carlyle family’s world play perfectly with Rucka’s script. Lark’s cover art showcases a younger version of Forever as seen in the first few pages of the issue. However, something about the proportions of this young assassin feel rather off. Nothing to write home about, though, as the visual storytelling of the rest of the issue is very well put.

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Lazarus #5 made for a very interesting read. Together, this creative team has yet to disappoint and always leaves the reader anticipating the issues to come. Greg Rucka’s second arc “Lift” is sure to answer several of the questions to first arc brought about – and is bound to bring about several new questions and concerns regarding the plots the Carlyle family has brewing. Is Forever going to find out who is to be trusted? We may never know…

Story: 7/10

Art: 8/10

Overall: 7.5/10

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