An action-packed sci-fi thriller, “Lazarus” #9 presents readers a futuristic heroine that kicks lots of butt. You don’t ever want to cross paths with Forever Carlyle, but if you unexpectedly do, better not piss her off. You won’t be able to resist the eye-catching action sequences in the “Lazarus” series.
WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Michael Lark
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: July 2, 2013
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
Forever Carlyle has been genetically altered to serve and be faithful. Since the day she was born, she was trained to obey and protect the Carlyle Family. But lately Forever has been seeing cracks in the political system, which is governed by the wealthy class. As society has been divided by the rich and the so-called “waste,” a rebellion is about to take place. A bomb is about to go off, taking millions of innocent lives, and Forever finds herself in the crossfire.
In the opening pages, writer Greg Rucka provides an exciting flashback into Forever’s training days. As a little girl, we see Forever take part in a duel against her sword master. With great skill, we see her dodge, get slashed, and finally take down her trainer. Did Forever let her trainer live because there was still a hint of that little girl in her? Or was she really following her father’s orders to the letter?
In this installment, we see how citizens are recruited to serve the Carlyle family. Interestingly, a version of the Church is involved in the organization. Right now, Rucka hints that there is some corruption involved there. In order to be approved, the recruiter has to be near-perfect. We are introduced to new characters, who full serve more in future issues.
I like how artist Michael Lark depicts Forever’s character design in the flashback. Though she’s just a little girl, Lark doesn’t play off her pint-size stature for laughs. Notice how there are so many cuts all over Lazarus’ body during the swordfight. We feel for her loss of childhood innocence.
Lark mixes the western genre with the sci-fi elements. Notice how Casey is holding a cowboy hat and a poncho in a later scene. In the suspenseful conclusion, Lazarus has a showdown with the mad bomber in the middle of the streets. Lark positions the two like something you would regularly see in a John Wayne movie.
“Lazarus” #9 is an action-packed romp that’ll take your breath.