What is on my pull list this week: Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
I love to batch up a good number of issues before I catch up on a title, but it really does not matter how many issues of Lazarus I build up, it never feels like enough. This is one of those great comics where there is so much going on in and around the main plot that each and every issue feels like it could be two or three times as long. Each issue of Lazarus is so packed full of action that part of the letters section is given over to background info about the world of the comic.
Set in a near future world where the world economy has collapsed. Instead of nations, sixteen families run everything and have divided the world between themselves. Lazarus mainly follows Forever Carlyle the Lazarus, an enhanced member of the Carlyle family. Each ruling family has a Lazarus, something between a knight and assassin, and share in the process of how to create them. But, Forever and the other Lazarus need petty extensive monitoring and support services, with great power comes lots of tech support.
Forever is our window into this world, what is means to be member of one of the ruling families, and what it means to be a Lazarus. And her story of discovering who she is and who her family is, because nothing is quite as good or as bad as it seems at first, would make a great comic, but the stories of other members of the family, aspiring serfs trying to join the families, and those who end up working for the families, if they want it or not, Lazarus has an epic feel to it.
TL;DR review: Recommended.