I’m beginning to see Lazarus as a futuristic Game of Thrones, right down to the twincest aspect of the it all. And you know what? I’m fine with that. Lazarus certainly isn’t doing anything 100% original, but it’s still one of the best books hitting the stands right now. Sure, you can tell that it’s more about the long form story, especially since the first issue was focused entirely on setting up the world. This issue zooms in for a little while to the Carlyle family, sans the mother and one of the sisters.
Essentially, this issue builds on the relationships that were implied in the first issue, and establishes where each if the characters stands in the eyes of the other characters. And really, none of the siblings seem to like each other all that much, I mean, three of them almost kill each other while Forever is speaking privately with the father. And, on that note, I’d like to say this: he’s nothing like he was built up to be in the first issue. Actually, the way he’s portrayed, he comes off more like Ned Stark than Tywin Lannister, and I’m fine with that.
Other than establishing the family dynamic, this issue shows us a glimpse of what’s become of Hollywood, and hints at an “earthquake” that was the cause of the destruction. What that is, more than anything, is just more world building on Greg Rucka’s part. And, unlike other authors, he’s managed to strike a balance between world and characters, and the two come together to create a plot that feel like it should be too big, but he manages to keep it centralized on only two factions (so far) and a small group of characters. There isn’t much to speak of in terms of action in this issue, but that’s fine, since the dialogue and character development is so great.
And, man, that art is stellar. Michael Lark absolutely kills it in that department, and, in a book that is so world focused, that’s key to making the book any good.