After an impressive first issue, “Lazarus” #2 continues to be an exciting and action-packed sci-fi thriller. Characters are deceptively playing their own mind games and even their dialogue has double meaning. The “Lazarus” series keeps running at full speed, and doesn’t even try hitting the brakes.
WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Michael Lark
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: July 24, 2013
After witnessing a group of thieves robbing her house, Forever Carlyle was shot right in the head. Forever came back from the dead a different person. She is starting to see the flaws in the system where power rests in the hands of wealthy families. As her reawakening continues, Forever even hesitates following her orders. Forever doubts she can continue to stay absolutely faithful and loyal to the Carlyle family. After resurrecting from the dead, Forever is starting to wish she never came back.
Writer Greg Rucka sends readers to a distant future that is quite believable and resonate. In the opening pages, Rucka demonstrates how the wealthy Carlyle family dabbles in politics. The siblings of the Carlyle family have their game plan against their father, Malcolm. Forever doesn’t even realize she is just a pawn, a lab rat, in their mind games. If Forever is supposed to be the shield and sword of the family, none of the siblings actually see her that way. If she doesn’t play by their rules, they will get rid of Forever.
Because she was genetically engineered to be the perfect solider, Forever followed her orders and never disobeyed. But ever since her resurrection, she is discovering more about her humanity. Her conscience is always in a battle against her instructions. Malcolm heightens the inner struggle, asking Forever how it felt to kill someone. She doesn’t know how to respond to Malcolm’s questions, as if afraid to speak her mind. Even when Forever spits out a plausible answer, she doesn’t even buy it.
When Michael Lark illustrates action sequences, he really knocks it out of the park. Lark carefully blocks out the action in the panels, so that the readers doesn’t miss a beat. When the Carlyle siblings fight, the sister slams her brother’s head against the table and twists his arm. While the sister is pinning her brother to the table, she uses her free hand to reach out and grab a kitchen knife.
Lark presents a future that is technologically advanced and poverty-stricken at the same time. When Forever is being given her medical exam, notice the clock in the background. There is a glowing hologram on the table telling you, the reader, what time it is. When Forever is on her road trip, Hollywood is clearly missing a bunch of its big white letters. The hills have now become a haven for homeless people and pollution has caused the grass to die.
Through the sci-fi genre, “Lazarus” #2 has a lot to say about the war between the Haves and Have Nots. The next issue looks really promising as Forever takes a road trip outside of California. Interestingly, we’re going to see what has happened to the rest of the world in this dystopian future.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis