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Lazarus Book 1 (Lazarus Hc) Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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I'm going to forgo describing the plot in great detail here, but Lazarus is a dystopian story in which the world is ruled by the richest families. It largely follows Forever Carlyle of the Carlyle family. The Carlyles rule the western half of the United States. Forever is the family's lazarus, a bioengineered super soldier.
This hardcover covers the first two story arcs, along with a short story that appeared in Previews prior to publication of the floppies. It also collects a great deal of back matter, which is where the value of this hardcover collection really shows its worth. Rucka's world is dense, and having both a timeline of the world and short descriptions of all the families show up here really helps the reader understand the world in which Forever's story takes place. There are a few minor editing errors in the family biographies in the first printing that I have, but nothing that spoils their intent. The floppies have an extensive letters section that I usually find almost as valuable as the stories themselves, and it's a shame that they're not included here, but that's hardly a deal breaker. If you're a trade waiter, I highly suggest waiting on these hardcovers rather than picking up the trade paperbacks that do not include any back matter.
Also, I enjoyed the bonus content at the end with details of all the various houses and also a map showing the territories governed by each of the houses. I will definitely follow up on this series.
This would translate very well into a TV series, if only the Lazarus was cast just right.^^
Sound familiar? It should if you are paying attention.
Instead of the all-powerful multi-national corporations, the entire world is divided between families that control everything: employment, health, trade, land. They employ entire armies commanded by a Lazarus, a nearly-indestructible biomodified soldier. The protagonist of Lazarus is Forever of the Carlyle family. Though the opening pages show just how strong and powerful she is, I’m more intrigued by the idea that she’s being manipulated. As we go deeper into the story, even Forever starts to sense something is a little off. Self-doubt and suspicions kick in as she starts to question some of the decisions and things she has done in the name of family.
The story also follows a family of farmers through their arduous journey from nothing to possible employment with a family. This is where the story really takes off, in realistic characters and their struggle. There are more than one storyline, and Rucka weaves them with ease until they start to slowly cross each other's path and become intertwined into one compelling and gripping story.
The First Collection collects first two paperbacks (or first nine monthly single issues, if you prefer) in an oversized hardcover format. There is no dust jacket; instead the covers are printed boards. Other bonus features are endpapers with a map of the world as divided between families; original covers from each monthly; detailed family profiles and timelines, art processes and my favourite, the realistic ads set in the world of Lazarus. Sometimes in extra materials, the reader is given an inside look at sketches, colouring process and such...extras in this edition are actually good reading that act as further world building.
Lazarus is a superb read; unobtrusive world building, realistic characters, attention to detail, flawless storytelling and pacing…together they make one beast of a book.