Lazarus #2

Lazarus #2

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 24, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

"FAMILY," Part Two
The Carlyle Family has been attacked by their enemies to the south, and Forever's father suspects a conspiracy amongst his children. To root it out, he sends Forever into the arms of the enemy, Family Morray.

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Josh Crews Jul 25, 2013

    Rucka and Lark are a perfect combination for Lazarus. Ruckas plot and script are brought to life by Larkss layouts and pacing. Larks attention to detail is amazing and every panel is to be appreciated. Extraordinary storytelling is only achieved by great writing and art working together and these guys have really nailed it so far. Despite the dystopian backdrop, character and story will always win out. If you havent read Lazarus yet, stop what youre doing and go do whatever it takes to get these issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jul 25, 2013

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  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 24, 2013

    The world being built by Rucka & Lark in Lazarus is engrossing and captivating. Issue #2 gets its hooks into you with the first page and doesn't let go, even through the letters page, which features a time line of some major events in the world of Lazarus. These two veteran creators are building toward something big, and have a runaway hit on their hands. Lazarus is as good as comics get, folks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jul 25, 2013

    It's difficult to find any fault with Lazarus if not damn near impossible. Rucka is writing like an actor who chews the scenery. This is his forte and I am willing to give in to his gritty depths without question. Lazarusis a ticking time bomb, a compellingly dark take on class warfare and a twisted family drama that puts similar dysfunction to shame. It's potential is off the charts and if you could only read one title, read this, it's that good! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Aug 23, 2013

    Overall, this is another excellent issue from Rucka and Lark.  From the gorgeous cover to the final page of the letter column, the issue is top quality all the way around. In only two issues, I am ready to put this one on my comic-shop pull list. Can't wait to see what happens in #3. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jul 24, 2013

    LAZARUS is a soap opera. A violent, dystopic soap opera. Two issues in, it's brimming with potential for an explosive story steeped in clan drama and class warfare. I'm searching for something else on the stands to compare it to, and coming up blank. I'm calling this a must-pull; "sleeper hit" is not good enough for this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Jul 24, 2013

    If I had any doubts about theLazarus series, they are all gone. There was no fall off from the first issue to the second issue. They're both epic, with no signs of slowing down. I really couldn't pinpoint one exact reason why I love this series so much, beyond the obvious reasons (awesome story, awesome art, etc.). I just do! The bottom line is that Lazarus #2is a must-read issue and Lazarus is a must-readseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 25, 2013

    Slow burn, character oriented, dystopian fiction is tricky to pull off with comics. The serialisation of the story means it's a difficult task to keep the story flowing at a pace where not everything pays off a once, but the reader also doesn't feel like they're are sitting waiting for something to happen. Thankfully, Rucka and Lark have nailed that balance perfectly thanks to wonderful characters and a world design that speaks volumes in a handful of panels. These are two amazing creators at the top of their game working together on a book that should have readers engrossed for a long time coming. And while it's nothing something that usually gets a mention, but the issue's back-matter in addition to a letter column provides even more world building in the form of a timeline of the Carlyle family. That's the kind of attention to detail that makes this book great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Jul 26, 2013

    Lazarus #2 manages the difficult task of reiterating the central ideas behind the series – an ultra-wealthy elite split into warring families controls the world, they are protected by seemingly-immortal ‘family' members who may not be exactly what they appear, and tensions are running very high for the Carlyle family – without feeling repetitive. Indeed,Lazarus #2 feels deeper, more complete, on almost every level. While its core theme is nothing particularly new in today's fiction (just about everyone is acknowledging that the rich are getting richer and taking us to hell in a handbasket while they do so), it's still a fairly savvy take on the issues that so dominate the day, told from the point of view of the victors, sitting just high enough above hell that they seemingly don't realize what they've done. Lazarus #1 gave us an interesting premise; Lazarus #2 gave us characters worth following into whatever comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jul 26, 2013

    Another very strong issue of Lazarus. It doesn't quite have the originality of the first issue, but the creators deserve credit for moving onto the main story so quickly rather than just playing with their “world” for 5-6 issues. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jul 24, 2013

    Nestled within this futuristic sci-fi action story is a family drama with a few familiar archetypes. There's the somber patriarch who has an inexplicable soft spot for Forever and seems to hold her in higher esteem than he does his own children. There are the two brothers, existing at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of temperament. There's also Beth, who appears to be the kinder counterpoint to Johanna, whose massive superiority complex paints her as an antagonistic force right off the bat. Outside of this tangled familial web is the Morray family, the Carlyle's rivals. As clashes between the two groups escalate, it seems that war is on the horizon, and Forever's about to get stuck in the middle of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - scottselden Jul 24, 2013

    Lazarus #2 simultaneously expanded the world and also focused on character. Its a great issue that will without a doubt lay the foundation for the rest of the arc. I fully expect issue #3 to be explosive, and I, personally, cant wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Jul 25, 2013

    Through the sci-fi genre, “Lazarus” #2 has a lot to say about the war between the Haves and Have Nots. The next issue looks really promising as Forever takes a road trip outside of California. Interestingly, we're going to see what has happened to the rest of the world in this dystopian future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 27, 2013

    Once again, Michael Lark is one of the main reason to pick up this book. Despite the sci-fi leanings and the dystopian setting, it's as if Lark has taken up a pencil and merely recorded the reality he sees in front of him. Coupled with the earthy colours of Santi Arcas, Lazarus is a cinematic event presented as sequential art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jul 31, 2013

    While not much has really happened in the world of Lazarus just yet, it's looking to be a promising story full of betrayal, underhanded tactics and desolate situations. With a character like Forever, things could take any number of turns, and most likely, readers will be there guessing along the way. With a mysterious but engaging story and impressive artwork, Lazarus should continue to be a big hit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jul 29, 2013

    The cliffhanger ending is logical and yet unexpected. Rucka opens a door outwards, pointing to even richer material and greater horizons. Though the holdings of the Carlyle's are rich and vast, they are not the entire world, and although Forever, with her name and abilities, seems unassailable, the world she lives in is dangerous even to her. Rucka's casual reminder of these facts is deft, and overall, "Lazarus" #2 expands and maintains a well-executed, exciting introduction to Forever's story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jul 22, 2013

    Rucka and Lark continue to impress on Lazarus. Eve needs slightly more characterization, but otherwise a stellar issue Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Jul 24, 2013

    A good world-building issue that helps ramp up the tension and anticipation as a war between two of the families is about to kick-off. Forever Carlyle has her work cut out for her, especially with all of the infighting going on in the family. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 23, 2013

    After a solid opening issue, Lazarus does slow down a bit in its sophomore installment, focusing less on its high concept and more just leaning on the prodigious talents of its creative team. There are worse ways to go about making a comic, however - Rucka develops his characters swiftly and imbues them with sickness and menace, while Lark shows these family grudges with all the seediness he can muster. Now that the backstory has been fleshed out some more, here's hoping that Rucka and Lark can bring a little bit spotlight back to their title character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Jul 24, 2013

    Ok after a maybe confusing review, Lazarus is starting to show that it is one of those comics you have to read now or you will never read it. You can't just jump into the middle. So I would say pick this one up to see if you enjoy the intro. I think you will find that you have mixed feelings like I do. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 24, 2013

    Lazarus is a competently told story, but needs to find its own voice quickly. Read Full Review

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