Lazarus #4

Lazarus #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 10
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"FAMILY," Part Four
The conclusion of the first arc. Forever moves to defend her Family with blood and steel as the Twins' plot against their father is revealed.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 2, 2013

    A starkly beautiful chapter that continues to intrigue and excite me as much as the first three, Lazarus #4 is the perfect example of what is possible in the comic medium for those creators who pour their heart, soul, and brains into a project over and over and over again, relentlessly. This series demands your attention, but more importantly, it demands your love, because work crafted this carefully that it ends up looking so effortless as a result, is a rare feat indeed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Oct 3, 2013

    If you want to be beaten over the head with an obvious story, then this series is not for you. Go read Forever Evil or Age of Ultron instead. But if you like a solid story in which the characters are well drawn, and their interactions drive the plot (instead of the plot driving them), the way good fiction is supposed to be, then you might want to give Lazarus a try. This series is only four issues old, and it's already shot to the very top of my pull list, sharing a place with the likes of the new Astro City, and the work of Gail Simone. And that's some pretty rarified air, up there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 7, 2013

    "Lazarus" #4 is a pitch perfect ending to a stand out new series; it's the kind of book that reminds fans just what great comics are capable of. Emotional and resonant, beautiful and smart, "Lazarus" leaves readers begging for what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Oct 1, 2013

    The drama, intrigue and action that flows throughout Lazarus is the best stuff going on in comics today. Forever has a lot of mystery surrounding her with the actions of her siblings and even her own father but what those are is still a mystery. Don't miss out on what Lazarus has to offer. It's high stakes and survival at a level at which we don't see very often and anyone would be missing out on a tremendous story if you pass by Lazarus which is some of the single best work Greg Rucka has ever put out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Oct 3, 2013

    LAZARUS continues to be a stand-out, must-pull series. There's no lag in the narrative, no slips in the choreography; it's just compelling storytelling with beautiful illustrations and more drama than anything you'll see on network tv during the daytime. As Rucka and Lark continue to build out their world, it becomes more dangerous, more interesting, more real. The science falls very much in the could-be-happening-now or could-be-happening-soon categories, and the more we learn about how Forever and the other Lazari work, the more chilling it is. All of this is mixed into a setting rife with power struggles, secrets, and attempted coups, and nothing feels contrived; LAZARUS is just playing in an entirely different league than most comics on the shelves right now. If you're waiting for the trade, you're missing out. This one gets the pull-every-month endorsement. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Oct 2, 2013

    I'm really enjoying theLazarus series so far and this issue may have been the best yet. Am I the only one who wants to see aLazarus TV show on cable? I think that would kick ass. The bottom line is that this is an awesome comic issue and comic series! I can't wait to see what happens in the next arc! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 2, 2013

    The artwork remains just as good as always. The action looks amazing and flows incredibly well, all of the characters look unique and different, the tone is pitch perfect with the inking and coloring, and more. The only downside can be the coloring at points. Since when does sky and also other humans look purple? Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Oct 1, 2013

    LAZARUS #4 provides a lot to like, not the least of which is some top-notch art from Michael Lark, who is doing some career best work here, but also some fantastic writing from Rucka, which when combined, make for one of the best comics to come out each month. Moreover, this book has some fantastic depth, filled with well-developed (and shifty) characters, and a fully-realized world that feels as though it is truly living and breathing. If you're not reading LAZARUS, you need to get off your ass now and get on it–you're truly missing out on something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Oct 3, 2013

    Lazarus is a book that's measuring out its story as Rucka and Lark masterfully control each and every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 4, 2013

    A few tweaky nitpicks aside, this issue is a great example of why creator-owned comics are so exciting: It's because the creators themselves are more excited about doing them and that passion spills over onto the reader. I can't imagine Lazarus ever dropping off my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 4, 2013

    Right now, the pairing of Rucka, Lark and Arcas is definitely a great one. All of them know what kind of a story they want to tell and they are telling it, without any kind of major drawbacks. Now for the month-long inevitable wait until the next issue arrives! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Mario Miranda Oct 8, 2013

    For anyone that may still be on the fence about trying out this series, pick it up. Each issue has been absolutely terrific so catch up while you still can, fans of Rucka's previous work will be right at home but I think there is something for comic readers of all like here. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Melissa Grey Oct 2, 2013

    My only quibble -- and it's not necessarily a negative -- is that the issue focused perhaps a bit too much on Forever and Jaocquim's fight for survival. While it's beautifully depicted, we can't help but wonder if that page space could have been utilized to develop the plot just a bit more. That being said, the issue ends with an intriguing transition to next month's installment, where hopefully Forever (and her readers) will begin to get to the bottom of things. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Oct 3, 2013

    A tale of family, survival and the search for self, “Lazarus” #4 brilliantly concludes the first arc of the series. Rucka and Lark have created a world that showcases instinct, and begs the audience to question what exactly defines the human experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Nov 12, 2013

    If the first story arc gives us a fair glimpse of what it's in store for Jonah — vengeance will be swift and painful. There's a big and compelling picture that's loaded with emotional turmoil and urgency, and the overall professional quality of the book makes it one of the best comics being released. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Oct 6, 2013

    The first couple of issues of Lazarus struggled to set up both the realities of this world and the dynamics of the Carlyle family. Additionally, the need to add rousing plots made some of the backstory of the series feel confusing. In the last couple of issues, however, it's really started to come together well. With the world and Carlyles established, we get to see more machinations and allegiances. For instance, Forever and Joacquim have a strong respect and even friendship towards each other despite the fact that they work for rival families. Rucka and Lark have built enough into Lazarus so far to believe that this isn't going to be a run-of-the-mill dystopia. If issues #3 and #4 are any indication, it's going to be very gripping. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Oct 2, 2013

    Lazarus has been a thrilling ride with deep characters set in a rich world, which is rare for a series with only four issues under its belt. Even though every issue has so much to enjoy it still finds a way of leaving you wanting more by the last panel, which is what most people want from this kind of series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Oct 4, 2013

    When readers reach the last page of “Lazarus” #4, they will be so geared up for the next story arc. If you love action movies, you're definitely going to enjoy how Forever Carlyle kicks butt in the “Lazarus” series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 7, 2013

    The art from Michael Lark jumps off the page in issue #4 unlike it has before. The detail work is still there, the thin lines and sketching are still solid, along with the shading. However, Lark brings the movement of the story to new heights. Forever’s battle against the soldiers coming to kill her is epic. Panel after panel the violence is extreme, and swift. It really helps to bring home the power that Forever wields. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Oct 1, 2013

    Rucka and Lark hit some strong beats in this turning point in the plot that will start paying off those who have spent some time with the saga. Enjoy a fine piece of craft, and a richly dense world developed further in Lazarus #4. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Oct 4, 2013

    Forever is in a lot of trouble, enough to get me a little worried. The family backstabbing also goes deeper than readers thought, which keeps things really interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Oct 4, 2013

    Although the characters are lacking in emotional depth, with solid storytelling and gritty artwork, Lazarus #4 is still worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Oct 2, 2013

    So unless you are trying to learn some action techniques from comics, I would skip out here. The plot runs so thin that all you crave is some whole milk. I hope they can pick this series up soon or else I think more and more readers will drop to find another family drama comic to read. Read Full Review

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