Lazarus is set in a world divided by financial boundaries: money belongs to a handful of families, while the rest of the population who don’t serve their ruling Families are Waste.
An interesting concept, and one that isn’t too much of a stretch from what’s happening in the world at the moment, if we want to be honest. Jumping into the third issue of the series is a little confusing, especially because Michael Lark’s gritty art style reduces faces to the bare minimum. It’s not a bad thing, but learning new characters, especially when they don’t have any real costumes is a bit hard. Add to that the fact that names are being tossed around with not much context, and it’s difficult keeping track.
Still, the main character, Forever, is fantastic: as the Lazarus of the Carlyle family, she goes to meet the Morray family and relay a message from her father. Her appearance in the first few pages includes her cutting off a guy’s hand, so that’s pretty awesome. She’s built like an action hero, which she definitely is, and I’m completely intrigued by her. The other characters are interesting enough – there’s a Lazarus from a rival family (Joacquim) who looks likely to be a love interest, while another family in Los Angeles seems to be scheming.
Rucka has crafted an interesting world, but in this issue at least, there is no word on how people classified as ‘Waste’ are treated, instead favouring the top echelons of society. I imagine they’re getting to it, and I’m excited to see where this is heading. Well worth checking out.