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Horror, Mutants, and Sci-Fi: Comics Collection for August 7th, 2014

Marla Desat | 7 Aug 2014 22:00
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Lazarus 10

Lazarus #10

This grim hard sci-fi book about a corporate-run future has pulled me in deeper with every issue. Written by Greg Rucka, known for his work on Action Comics, Batwoman, and his novels, this series explores a dystopian future where corporate families have taken over control from governments. Wealth is concentrated exclusively with those families, shared only partly with the serfs that they elevate to service. Everyone else is Waste. The series follows Forever Carlyle, a bio-engineered warrior who defends her family from all threats.

Issue #10 begins to answer some questions about Forever's brother Jonah, who betrayed the family and disappears into enemy territory in issue #3. For the first time, we get to see what life is like for the general populace under a different family. Jonah's failed assassination and coup puts him in the hands of Jakob Hock, the head of the Hock family who controls most of the Eastern US. Hock uses medicine and drugs to control their people. Each issue of this series includes world-building back matter, but here we see Hock brought to life by Michael Lark's stark and beautiful art and Santi Artas' moody colors. Issue #10 sets up the next major story arc for Lazarus, where the sixteen families will meet for a Conclave for the first time in 65 years, and Carlyle will negotiate the ransom of Jonah.

Favorite Moment: "You came to bargain and you had nothing with which to deal."
- Marla

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