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on 27 November 2017
Lazarus Volume 1 collects the first four issues of the new science fiction series. It opens with a deeply defined world and interesting post apocalyptic premise, showing us the remnants of the USA and regions of Mexico which are ruled by a number of families which essentially control private millitary groups and act as tribes each tribe has a "Lazarus" a genetically engineered human with an ability to withstand extreme damage and rapidly regenerate cells effectively rendering them immortal. The first volume follows Forever of the Carlyle family as she attempts to secure a deal with a rival family, under command from her father, the head of the Carlyle family, she must also deal with a traitor within the family. The first few issues collected in this paperback are strong albeit much slower paced than many other contempory comics, this however is a positive as Greg Rucka builds a deep and intriguing world and sets up an array of complex relationships between the various multi dimensional characters within the story, the writing is exceptional and engages the reader into Forever's world. The comics strength also lies within its artwork by Lark which contains both realism and a sense of simplicity, each line conveys dynamism and has a concise feel to it. The volume also contains a lot of strong graphic violence which is captured well by Lark there is little galmourisation of violence it is depicted brutally and realistically also the colouring plays a significant role in creating atmosphere and mood using different hues of blues, greys and purples. Overall the first volume of Lazarus is captivating and sets up the premise of a potentially brilliant science fiction comic.
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on 29 April 2015
Lazarus Volume 1 presents a grippy story with intriguing characters, and it impresses with the amount of content, depth and storytelling through just four issues.

Forever Carlyle is the protector of her family, she is a shield maiden, a sheriff - a female Judge Dredd to some extent.

The Carlyle family finds itself in a situation with a neighbouring family; Forever is tasked with solving the issue, but is everything as it seems?

An enticing, thrilling easy read with solid artwork and it makes you want to keep on reading beyond this volume and the next!
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on 10 May 2014
Post apocalyptic, dystopian game of thrones about rich people double crossing each other and the likable pawns in their power struggles. There are twists and turns which manage to be neither boringly predictable nor unsatisfying obtuse. It rumbles along at an astounding pace without sacrificing story line, violence is gratifying without being unnecessary and the characters range from deviously abhorrent (without becoming too cliched) to tantalizingly grey. The 'Sci' element lends credibility to the events and technologies without becoming tiresome while the 'Fi' is contextualized through recognizable and relatable concepts widely considered plausible in our own uncertain future. It maintains both heart and mind though is devoid of sentimentality. The art is super good too.
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on 1 April 2014
I have to admit to being a fan of most of Greg Rucka's work, so I came to this in the hope that it would be a good read. In fact it's more than that. When working with Michael Lark he seems to come into his own, and this is no exception.

A great start to what become a really strong fan cult favourite series. The concepts of the Lazaruses (Lazari?) protecting the families from outsiders and each other is a really intrguing one and I hope it will be given the time to develop and unravel.

Great start, guys!
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on 16 November 2016
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on 18 March 2014
I'm not gonna give spoilers so I'll just say that I like the genre and gave it a chance and I'm glad I did and I'm now patiently waiting for the next episodes.
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on 30 May 2015
Really nice ideas behind this series and a really progressive storyline with great pencilling to suit. Looking forward to more editions as the story continues
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on 27 March 2015
What a great opening volume, can't wait to see where this story goes.
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on 2 February 2015
my bf liked.
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on 15 April 2015
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