Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s dystopian sci-fi gets even more interesting with this second issue as we find out a whole lot more about the state of the world, and most interestingly to me, about the Carlyle family.
This issue is a lot more talky than the first, with no real action sequences, but it’s very interesting seeing Rucka pull back the layers here, and find out more about this intriguing setting. The Carlyle family have been called to their Father’s home in Puget Sound, and not only do we meet Forever’s father, but also two more of her siblings. There’s her sister, Beth who’s a doctor, and another brother, Stephen, who seems to be a bit more responsible than the others. Not present is another sister, Johanna, who we see at the end, back in LA. It looks like comparisons to Game Of Thrones are pretty damn accurate here, as it at seems like Johanna and her brother Jonah (possibly twin brother?) are in an incestuous relationship. Holy Lannisters, Batman! I found the interactions between the various Carlyle children to be very interesting, these are a fucked up bunch, and it’s going to be fascinating to see them develop.
Rucka also drops a lot of hints about the true nature of Eve, we see the regimen of pills she has to take, and we find out that she may not actually be human. It seems like she’s a clone of sorts, and not a ‘real’ Carlyle. The subtle science fiction Rucka is using here is very cool, it’s only a few steps removed from real life, and that becomes even more apparent when you read the back-matter here too. Just like with #1, that’s essential reading, because not only is it a letters page, but Rucka provides a timeline of events leading up to ‘Year X’ and how this society came about. In the end, Eve slips away from her brother’s eyes, and heads off to meet with the Morray clan, who her family may be about to war against. Why did she do this? What is her father’s plan?
Already, I’m hooked on this book, it’s so good. Of course, a part of this goodness is Michael Lark’s art, which is as brilliant as usual, I particularly like his backgrounds in this title, the shots of a dilapidated Los Angeles were excellent. This world feels like a real one, and it’s thanks to Lark.