Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Depressing, but daamn that's good!

Greg Rucka & Michael Lark “Lazarus Vol.  2: Lift” (Image, 2014)

In the second volume of Lazarus, Greg Rucka pulls back a bit.  This portion of the story is more about worldbuilding than exploring Forever.  Don’t worry, it’s not that we don’t have Forever in the story.  But her portion of the story is more told in flashback, adding to the awefulness of her past.  But the focus of the second volume is on the Lift.

Apparently the Lift is when someone can be elevated to being in the employ of a family.  So we meet a farming family who are forced to leave their land, Grapes of Wrath style in the hopes of improving their fortunes via the Lift.

My God the future of Lazarus is depressing.  As the story goes on it becomes more and more obvious that this future is a terrible place to live – for everyone.

While I have to honesty say that Lazarus is not exactly fun to read, it is clearly one of the best comics going.  The combination of characters, world building, and action is unmatched.  If you are interested in where the medium is today, you should be reading this book.

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