10.02.13 [Weekly Reviews]
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Lazarus #4 (Image): Greg Rucka and Michael Lark bring the first story burst to a close, with plenty of action and heaping doses of narrative thread to continue in future installments. Basically everyone is dealing with the fallout from the unsuccessful hit on Forever Carlyle (and Joacquim, the Morray Family Lazarus). It’s an utterly gritty scene with feverish action expertly choreographed by the creative team. It’s interesting how so many visual dynamics are taking place, from overlapping action sequences, to vibrant pops of color that hone the reader’s eye on a central image, to the “honor among thieves” vibe that’s present between flirtatious Forever and Joacquim. It’s certainly a post-apocalyptic paradigm shift when the only people you can really trust are the genetically enhanced paramilitary crime family enforcers, the hitmen with the hearts of gold, pulling their best Peter Quinn conflicted killer number. The narrative wedges growing between Johanna and Jonah, Forever and the rest of Family Lazarus, and the general divide in the expertly world-built future are very exciting. The backmatter is so damn good, almost as good as the main feature, highlighting the growing distrust for authority figures (I’m typing this on the first day of the Federal Government Shutdown), and the seemingly inevitable merge of politicians, military forces, and financial means. At this point, shit, I want a mini-series about all the civil unrest, and “The Pendleton Five,” and everything leading up to the union of government elements and Carlyle private forces. The world of comics rarely gets better than what Rucka and Lark are doing with Lazarus. Grade A.