REVIEW: “Lazarus” #3

(Image Comics, 2013)

Review by John Monaghan

Story: Greg Rucka
Art & Letters: Michael Lark
Colours: Santi Arcas

I think Lazarus #3 is going to see a fair amount of people dropping the comic from their pull lists. On the one hand that is a shame because this is a beautifully drawn comic with an exciting premise and enormous potential. At the same time it is understandable because it feels like nothing much is happening. The scope of these first three issues has been very narrow despite there being a lot going on off panel. This narrow focus has pushed Lazarus very close to political drama territory which is not a genre that I personally think lends itself successfully to this format. On top of that, the conspiracies and double-crossings within the family have felt, up to this point, very transparent, lacking intelligence and bite. This isn’t a surreptitious Breaking Bad style game of chess and it isn’t dropping Usual Suspects red herrings – at least not yet. It certainly still has the potential to do these things and some of the seeds that have been planted have the potential to really blossom into excellent arcs: particularly the perpetually absent waste and the idea that Lazarus is developing a conscience which terrifies her family. However, I think this is going to be a problem for the comic because, despite an undeniable potential, there hasn’t been very much in these first three issues to really sink the hooks into a new readership. Even the cliff hanger at the end of #3, where two families’ Lazarus are blown up, doesn’t feel like it’s going to do anything bigger than force the plot towards the conclusion of this first arc by forcing Lazarus to engage her conspiring siblings. Hopefully that will provoke larger tensions that will really get the ball rolling and make this comic everything it could and should be. I feel quite frustrated waiting for it to get going and I imagine that I’m not alone. Hopefully this time next year I’ll look back at this review and feel stupid for not looking towards a bigger picture, the seeds for which have already been planted, and for being so quick to criticize a title that evolved into something absolutely out of control.


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One thought on “REVIEW: “Lazarus” #3

  1. I really had the opposite feeling, I was a little soft on this series but issue 3 drew me in by developing the relationship between the Lazaruses of the different families — showing that the Lazaruses may have agendas that supercede those of the families that control them, and setting up the internal conflict within the main family as being the “A” storyline.

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