writer: Greg Rucka / artist: Michael Lark
Lazarus is a good book, my people. It just is. The creative team of Rucka and Lark is in such harmony when it comes to conveying emotions and intensity, sometimes with little to no jabbering whatsoever. There’s a section of this issue that shows a sword fight (presumably to the death) between young Forever Carlyle and her mentor that tells a strong story with no dialogue whatsoever…for two pages. The quiet moments in Lazarus are so earned in this book from the previous issues that you almost anticipate them as part of the narrative. There also is no cut out or preparation for the flashbacks and it creates a cool blurring of the past and present and further relates us to what Forever has had to endure to become the woman she is.
While my favorite moments were the more subtle and quiet storytelling aspects, the main action of the issue doesn’t disappoint either as the threat that had been foreshadowed in previous issues is finally dealt with, possibly with injury to Forever herself. If there was any part of this book that doesn’t hit the high notes that most of the book does, its that it bogs down a little during the actual LIFT process. Rucka is thorough in showing how brutal and autocratic the process of being Lifted is, but it does continue on a little long, especially while we have the knowledge of other interesting things are going on. However, that won’t stop this from being another great issue in this arc.
Lazarus continues to impress, even if this arc may have come to a pretty abrupt (yet satisfying) ending. With the movement of certain players and the adding to the Carlyle family, there seem to be even more plot threads opening even as one conflict might be ending.