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Review: ‘Lazarus’ #3

As a major turning point happens in this installment, “Lazarus” #3 takes this action-packed sci-fi thriller to surprising new heights. Loyalties are tested and some characters might not even return in the following issue. The “Lazarus” series takes readers to a bleak future where money and guns rule with an iron fist.

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Michael Lark
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.99
Release: August 28, 2013

Forever Carlyle has been genetically engineered to serve and abide the Carlyle Family. But after being shot in the head, Forever is actually starting to see the flaws in the political system where power rests in the hands of wealthy families. As her reawakening continues, Forever journeys deep into Mexico to prevent war with the Morray Family. But Forever doesn’t realize she is being manipulated by the Carlyle twins, Johanna and Jonah. After Johanna and Jonah are done with their scheming and plotting revenge against the Morray family, they will have no more use for Forever.

Writer Greg Rucka takes a different look at Forever, presenting a much more vulnerable side to her personality. Without forsaking her intelligence, Rucka wants to show that Forever is more than an unwilling pawn in the Carlyle sibling’s mind games. Yes, Forever is tough and she is quite useful in action. But now a line is drawn where Forever has to question her loyalties. Finally, Forever suspects something is wrong about her orders and lets her guard down with someone she actually trusts.

What I definitely liked is how Rucka surrounds the Morray family with mystery. How did Morray make his wealth while living in Mexico? His backyard is filled with armored soldiers, while his mansion looks like a blast from the past. If you have seen crime/drug movies like “El Infierno,” the interiors resemble a drug kingpin’s lair. Morray even makes a grand entrance by arriving in a helicopter.

When Michael Lark illustrates action sequences, the scenes look like they were made for the big screen. Lark paces the action perfectly in the panels, so that the readers are built for the shock value effect. Notice how Lark focuses on Forever’s eye movements as she is being threatened by Joacquim’s solider. The suspense heightens in the quick-draw as Forever has her hands on her holster as the solider is about to pull the trigger.

Lark never strays far from the social themes about the war between the Haves and Have Nots. Notice the graffiti spray-painted on the walls of Morray’s mansion. In a nice little detail, the Spanish message says: “Morray becomes richer while the rest of us starve.” Notice how Morray’s mansion is surrounded by abandoned ranches and the desert landscape.

War is inevitable as “Lazarus” #3 reaches its shocking last page. Forever has to ultimately choose which side to fight for. But by the time she makes that decision, it just might be too late. Sci-fi fans should definitely be reading the “Lazarus” series.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis



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