Advanced Review: Lazarus, Book One: Family

Posted 8 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Advanced Review: Lazarus, Book One: FamilyLazarus by Greg Rucka
Published by Image Comics on 2013
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Fiction, General, Science Fiction
Pages: 96
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two-half-stars

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Collecting the first four issues of the Eisner-winning team of Rucka and Lark's critically acclaimed new series about Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the Carlyle Family. Included is the previously only-available-online, four-page short, "Family: Prelude." In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever's day goes downhill from there...

Maybe I’m just not the graphic novel type. 

Lazarus is conceived in a genre that I generally love — the dystopia, but I just didn’t feel any power behind it. This is often my complaint when it comes to graphic novels, that they lack the depth of a ‘real’ novel. 

That being said, the dystopia created in Lazarus is a truly frightening one because it is actually true in so many parts of the world today. A few wealthy individuals and their families fight for resources while the rest of the human population is merely considered ‘waste’. Great concept, I’d like to see it more fleshed out.

The artwork was underwhelming as well.

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  • The cover makes me think the artwork inside wouldn’t be all that spectacular… I think with graphic novels, maybe you can judge a book by its cover. 🙂 Sorry this was disappointing.

    • Good point. It only took a few hours to read, so no huge loss.