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The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Paperback – September 21, 2011
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Lazarus Gray is also set in the same 'universe' as Barry's Rook character, and we get an updated chronology of his "universe" in the back of the book that places both the Lazarus Gray stories (included the next 2 volumes) plus the Rook stories and a few others by Reese.
This volume is a collection of 7 Lazarus Gray stories. Three of them previously saw print in Pro Se's now defunct "Peculiar Adventures Magazine". And the last story has a team up with the Rook that originally appeared in the Rook v6.
Who is Lazarus Gray? Well, he'd like to know as well. We find out in the first story that he woke up on the shores of Sovereign City with no memory of who he is, and with a strange medallion with the name "Lazarus Gray". He started to work to help people, formed "Assistance Unlimited" with 3 associates he helped out. As noted, this is similar to the origin of The Avenger and his Justice, Inc, but also different. He will learn more about himself in the stories in this collection.
All the stories have a supernatural element to them, and this also ties into Gray's mysterious past. In a couple of stories, Reese adds in the golden age comic book villain The Claw to his "universe". Maybe this character will return. Overall, all these stories are great.Read more ›
We're introduced to the titular hero as an amnesiac who washes up on the shores of Sovereign City. The only key he has to his identity is a medallion around his neck which bares the name Lazarus Gray on the back. Taking this as his name, Gray establishes himself as a force for good in the corrupt Sovereign City, opening up the offices of Assistance Unlimited. His aides include Morgan Watts, a former figure in Sovereign's underworld; Eun Jiwon, a Korean martial artist with a fiery temper; and Samantha Grace, a socialite with no shortage of fighting skills and intelligence. Together they take on a number of cases in Sovereign City, ranging from simple acts of crime but seeming more often than not to lean towards the supernatural and running afoul of figures from Gray's previous life as a member of the occult organization known as the Illuminati.
If you've read any number of Reese's work over the past several years, you already know what to expect of him--great characterization, tense action sequences, and entertaining stories. And as usual, Reese delivers. The threats Reese comes up with for Assistance Unlimited and the backstory behind Gray are easily the two most interesting aspects of this collection. My personal favorite choices of villains are Gray's recurring nemesis, Walther Lunt and the Claw.Read more ›
Quoth the Raven...
The style is reminiscent of the classics, but the author updates many of the standard tropes of the genre, making this a fun read but also a lesson in how clichés were made to be subverted.
Fast and fun.
And it's the first in a series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You know when you spend a day thinking about a story you're half finished with. I spent two weeks doing just that with the tales in this edition. Great stuff.Published 9 days ago by Matt Holmes
This is some great pulp stuff. I would have preferred less "real' magic, which occurs more frequently as the story develops. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Bilsker
I enjoyed getting to know Lazarus Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team. Barry Reese has created an interesting universe and it's well worth reading. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Michael H Campbell
Overall enjoyed the book. If I have a complaint it would be the repetition of the characters details and history from story to story. The stories are fun and fast paced. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Desmond Davies
If you like action and good old pulp stories you will enjoy this book, I thought books with characters like these were no longer being written glad I was wrong, lots of funPublished on January 6, 2014 by mark s. marcum
I have read several Doc Savage and The Shadow novels from the 30s and 40s and I loved them. I was a little hesitant about the New Pulp, but Barry Reese has nailed it. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by John
So last week I got my first E-Book for my new Kendle. It was the Adventures of Lazarus Gray. I have long loved the Phanton, Doc Savage and of course the Shadoow, and all pulp are... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Jacob Malcolm Gore