Writer: Greg Rucka
Art & Lettering: Michael Lark
Color: Santi Arcas
Cover: Michael Lark
Lazarus is set in the near future and society has turned toward a nearly feudal system. Wealthy families control the world instead of politics and citizens are divided up into classes: Family, Surfs, and the Waste. Each family has a Lazarus - a "sword and shield" - given all the biological advantages the future can offer and tasked with protecting the Family. This is the story of the Lazarus: Forever Carlyle.
From the beginning, the reader gets a look at just how powerful the Lazarus can be as Forever deals with intruders at one of her family's facilities. But from her visit to the Family doctor afterward, we find a person much more conflicted with her role than the cold hearted warrior she's expected to be. The doctor, speaking with one of her family members, suggest that to help her emotionally, they must show her the love she needs in addition to simply prescribing meds. A superficial attempt is made, which seems more odd than caring to Forever, and in no time she is once again being treated as little more than a tool.
Rucka does a fine job setting up the world and introducing the players. He leaves you with a solid understanding of how the different classes of society view one another as well as a glimpse of Forever's internal moral dilemma that looks to drive the story. Lark's artwork is dynamic, handling both action and calm with equal skill. Forever stands as an imposing figure in her scenes, appearing taller, stronger and calmer than those around here. Arcas' colors add to the atmosphere with each scene receiving its own color pallet. My one complaint about art would fall to a series of narration boxes from two different people both colored the same. I would have preferred a hint of color showing two different people were having a discussion, but in the end it wasn't terribly distracting.
I definitely recommend picking this issue up and seeing where the series takes you. It looks to be an amazing ride with one of the more badass protagonists I've seen in recent years. If you are a fan of Rucka's work, or just a fan of realistically approached sci-fi, you'll enjoy it.
I'd also like to recommend this great interview with Greg Rucka where he talks about Lazarus, Kickstarter, and more.