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Lazarus #10 - Extraction Review

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Whatever happened to baby Jonah?

The Good

LAZARUS is back for a third arc, and though we don't get to see the aftermath of the latest Lift selection just yet, we're in for a fascinating trip into Hock land. Rucka and Lark are using another Family as a lens for learning more about the Carlyles, and it looks like there are more secrets yet to unpack.

One of the great strengths of the worldbuilding going on in this title is the attention to exactly the right details to set tone. In this issue, we see subtle differences between Hock and Carlyle -- the caption boxes that led us to believe that people were universally sorted as Family, Serf, or Waste now let us know that Family is a constant across territories, but that Hock prefers a Citizen/Non-Person divide. It's a small difference, for sure, but it conveys a lot of information about how Family Hock operates.

Less subtle are the differences that we learn directly via Hock signage and radio announcements -- and Jakob Hock's treatment of Jonah Carlyle. It's simultaneously refreshing and scary to witness the day-to-day operations of areas outside of Carlyle territory.

Michael Lark's designs are always interesting -- in sharp contrast to what we've seen in Carlyle or Morray, the Hock residents seem to take visual cues from Stormtroopers, nuclear scientists, and swamp militia (the latter likely being a factor of geography). It's another reminder that we're not in the West anymore, and it plays well.

The Bad

The pacing on this issue is a little bit weird at the beginning. Everything gets smoother after New York, but the first few pages drag a bit. It's worth it to keep reading.

The Verdict

LAZARUS enters its third arc and second year with this issue, and it's still very much going strong. I love getting to know more about the vast, rich world that LAZARUS inhabits, and issues like this one -- which convey a ton of information about how things work outside of Carlyle territory -- are great for that. It's also a great time to circle back to Jonah Carlyle, since he's been stewing for a bit after his failed plot. Rucka and Lark tee up another interesting arc, and it looks like we're on the path towards some sort of Five Families-esque meeting with the upcoming Conclave. Intriguing? You bet.

18 Comments
Posted by CaptainHoopla

Great start to this arc. I can't feel sorry for Jonah one bit. He deserves everything happening and coming to him.

Posted by harashkupo

This was another great issue.

These guys are killing it.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Underrated book

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

So, does this issue serve as a jumping-on point?

Edited by Lvenger

So, does this issue serve as a jumping-on point?

I'm afraid not, you need prior knowledge of what happened to Jonah Carlye first. Even after going back through plot synopses, I still find myself behind on this series though it doesn't dampen its quality. Maybe the next issue could be a better jumping on point for you since it starts a new arc altogether.

And a nice honest review Jen, makes me feel bad about not picking this issue up and waiting for the next one instead. Should probably rectify that.

Posted by comicvine_is_jericho529

This and Saga have to be the best non-superhero books out there right now.

these books are movie/tv material!





Posted by jdp180

Jonah is finally getting what is coming to him and that's a good thing. Kinda reminds me of what happened to Theon in Game of Thrones although Jonah had something else cut from him. Speaking of which, I thought they were gonna cut the entire finger off but it looked like they stopped at the second knuckle.

So, does this issue serve as a jumping-on point?

Nah. I think issue #1 is a much better jumping point.

This and Saga have to be the best non-superhero books out there right now.

these books are movie/tv material!

Most of these Image books read like TV material. I love it.

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

@lvenger said:

@battle_forum_junkie said:

So, does this issue serve as a jumping-on point?

I'm afraid not, you need prior knowledge of what happened to Jonah Carlye first. Even after going back through plot synopses, I still find myself behind on this series though it doesn't dampen its quality. Maybe the next issue could be a better jumping on point for you since it starts a new arc altogether.

And a nice honest review Jen, makes me feel bad about not picking this issue up and waiting for the next one instead. Should probably rectify that.

Alright, then. Thanks for the info. I'll probably get the next issue, then if I like it I'll get caught up with a couple trades.

@jdp180 said:

Jonah is finally getting what is coming to him and that's a good thing. Kinda reminds me of what happened to Theon in Game of Thrones although Jonah had something else cut from him. Speaking of which, I thought they were gonna cut the entire finger off but it looked like they stopped at the second knuckle.

@battle_forum_junkie said:

So, does this issue serve as a jumping-on point?

Nah. I think issue #1 is a much better jumping point.

Well, I'm one of those people who likes having no idea what's going on when I start a series. Occasionally I'll also skip a few issues every now and then so that I'm completely lost while reading the next couple installments.

Maybe that's just me, though...

Posted by CaptainHoopla

@battle_forum_junkie: I know it's the obvious answer, but the first trade, collects the first four issues, is less than $7 on Amazon.

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

@captainhoopla: Wow. Image has been offering a lot of insanely cheap trades lately... I'll check it out , though. Thanks again.

Posted by jdp180

@captainhoopla: Wow. Image has been offering a lot of insanely cheap trades lately... I'll check it out , though. Thanks again.

Yeah they offer a lot of volume 1s at $9.99 and most of them contain 6-7 issues.

@battle_forum_junkie: I know it's the obvious answer, but the first trade, collects the first four issues, is less than $7 on Amazon.

Yeah but you need Amazon prime unless you want to pay a shipping fee.

Posted by comicvine_is_jericho529

Underrated book

VERY underrated

and that's what has me worried, Greg Rucka hasn't even scratched the surface on what this book can become and it's already top of the pile comic material.

and because it's not rated high or sold enough i fear he won't be able to go far, I always recommend this book to every comic reader I know, i got all my co workers who read comics hooked on this series so far and they're pure superhero comic readers.

Posted by Fallschirmjager
Posted by andreww154

Lazarus, Velvet and Saga equally tie for my must-read, can't wait until I get home books.

It really upsets me that this is so underrated. It would be a crime if it was cut short and Rucka and Lark don't get to tell the story as planned - the world is so big and they've only just begun to explore its full scope.

Posted by lorex

I am really enjoying Lazarus thus far. I like how the are taking their time revealing the world and slowly showing the differences between the various world orders. I also like the little tidbits at the back in the last few issues showing the background on the world powers. Looking forward to seeing more.

Posted by Jake Fury

This book is phenomenal.