Volume One, Family

eBook - 2013
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In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2013.
ISBN: 9781607068723
Characteristics: 1 online resource : chiefly color illustrations
Alternative Title: Family
Lazarus. 1


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In a dystopian future in which a handful of Families rule, the scientifically enhanced soldier Forever Carlyle must serve as the Carlyle Family protector.

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mvkramer Sep 28, 2016

This series presents a gritty future, in which sixteen families divide the world up between them, protected by genetically-modified bodyguards. Forever Carlyle is one of them. I like the action, I like the setting, the scheming, the mysterious elements, and, of course, the badass heroine! Can't wait for more.

Michael Colford Apr 05, 2016

Greg Rucka is an exceptional writer of comics, taking the most action-packed, or thrilling plots and focusing in on the characters that make for a fascinating and in-depth read. In Lazarus, he draws us into a future world where feuding families bring Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet to mind. But the star-crossed lovers in this tale a engineered killers who themselves cannot be killed. Forever is one of five children in the Carlyle family, who serves as their protector. But she is not what she seems, a fact that even she is blissfully unaware. Rucka carefully lays the groundwork of an intricate story by kicking things into high gear from the very start. The strength of his writing allows him to reveal little enough to retain suspense, but enough to allow the reader to understand what's happening. Oh, and Michael Lark's visceral, realistic art just adds to the enjoyment. Self-contained, but with the promise of lots of story to come, Lazarus, One is a highly entertaining and tantalizing read.

forbesrachel May 01, 2014

With a bang, Forever Carlyle's unique quality becomes clear. Through money, and military technology she was made into the perfect human weapon. She is a Lazarus, a defender of her "Family", one of the financial units that rules the world. They are the haves, while the vast majority of people are the have nots...Waste. The Lazarus are made to be completely loyal to the family, but when the family itself plots against one another, and injustices occur towards others, Forever starts to question herself. Mystery surrounds her, as it all to quickly becomes clear that she is not a literal family member.

A serious style with muted colours fits this stark world, and its surprisingly thoughtful tone. The story runs at a stately pace, taking its time to set the stage, while revealing little bits at regular intervals. Action, which is kept to a minimum, is brutal and swift.

The author prefers to focus on the Family itself, whose internal struggles are far more dangerous to the Family's stability than the external fight against the rival Morray Family. Little is revealed at this point, however the conspiracies, plotting and the nature of this world make for an intriguing start.


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mvkramer Sep 28, 2016

Violence: Killing, gunfights, executions.


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