Lazarus, Vol. 2 by Greg Rucka

Lazarus, Vol. 2

While Forever keeps watch on her sister Johanna, she finds hints of rebellion brewing in LA. At the same time, the Barrets, a family of "Waste," lose their home and land, and must pursue their only chance for a better life - a 500-mile journey to Denver in the hope that one of their family will be noticed by the Carlyles and "lifted" to Serf status. Collecting LAZARUS #5-9

Details Lazarus, Vol. 2

TitleLazarus, Vol. 2
Release DateJun 24th, 2014
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Comic Book, Action, Thriller, Bande Dessinée

Reviews Lazarus, Vol. 2

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    My name is Sarah and I am naught but a harebrained nitwit. Why? Because I almost gave up on this most wondrous series after reading this instalment. I thought it was disappointing. And kinda sorta meh. And kinda sorta boring. So I wasn't exactly excited and enthusiastic and thrilled at the prospect of reading the next volume in the series.Yep, that's right. I'm a complete and total simpletonish lamebrain. Because had I given up on this most astou...
  • Sam Quixote
    Hundreds of thousands flock to Denver for the “Lift”, aka the job interview from hell, where “Waste” (people who live under the Families’ rule but are unemployed) get the chance to be “Serfs” (receive jobs and in return get a better way of life for them and theirs). Meanwhile, there’s a threat against the Carlyle family that Forever must neutralise, and we’re introduced to the Barrets, a “Waste” family, who lose their home a...
  • Jan Philipzig
    In Lazarus Vol.2: Lift, Rucka and Lark gradually broaden the story's scope. While the first volume's focus on the intrigant upper crust sometimes felt like watching Dallas or Dynasty (not an experience I am keen on), this second volume starts to explore life outside the family's guarded walls - a world defined by poverty, desperation, crime, corruption, and guerrilla activity. Nothing terribly original or surprising, but Rucka and Lark get the de...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Bullet Review:Fantastic! WOW! We get background on Forever, but also we see how life is for non-family - for non-serf. The waste that populate most of the planet.Full Review:Now that we're moving into volume 2, Rucka and gang open up the story with several storylines. In the first, we see Forever training as a child, how desperately she wants the love and affection of her father and how far she will go to get that affection. The second and third ...
  • Veronique
    This series is gaining strength. The first volume left me wondering about how this bleak world works, especially with so few having control over so many, and how they would enforce and keep it. In light of this, it was interesting to see Forever's training flashbacks and childhood, although this is so sad. I truly want to hurt ALL the Carlyles. It’s also a smart move to show us people outside the ‘families’ and their efforts to survive in t...
  • Mike
    Another great Buddyread with my amazing Shallow Comics Readers for Indie week!My God is Forever ("Eve") a hard, cold person. Raised as she was, ever at arms' length, and constantly trained in death, tactics and diplomacy, it's no wonder - but still, man did it produce results. I'm a pretty odd duck, and I was raised pretty well all things considered. If I'd been raised like that, I think I'd be a ravaging baboon with a fixation on pleasuring myse...
  • Tina Haigler
    I liked this one but not as much as the first. Honestly the middle was kind of confusing because two of the characters looked similar but belonged to different groups. It kind of messed me up a little bit and took some of the enjoyment out of it. All they had to do was change the hair color of one of the characters and I would've been fine. Other than that it had a good story and art. The ending was interesting and made me want to read Vol. 3.
  • Sesana
    Every bit as fascinating as the first volume. This volume gives more insight into the world of Lazarus, and gives a very welcome look at the "Waste" classes. I felt like there was more plot momentum and less exposition in this volume, and I'm feeling more and more comfortable in the world that Rucka is building here. I also love that this is a single, complete story, without wrapping up every single loose end in the story. I'd say that there's ev...
  • Chad
    Just another example of why Image is where all the best comics are published today. (My 90's self never would have thought I'd ever be saying that.) Great art by Michael Lark. Yet another great story by Greg Rucka. This man can do no wrong.The story follows Forever Carlyle, the youngest daughter in a family who controls the western half of the U.S. They've ground everyone else under their heels and people are barely surviving as serfs for the fam...
  • Kaitlin
    This is a volume that I was very excited to get to because I only very recently picked up Volume 1 and was blown away by how much I ended up enjoying the concept of this world and the character of Forever. In this book we get introduced to a few more of the characters such as the 'Barrets'. I have to say that this book was very captivating and I found myself wanting to pick it up as soon as I could to read and enjoy it because I was so sure it wo...
  • David Schaafsma
    The first volume focused mainly on the Carlyles, one of the 1%er families that now rule the world, replacing nation states. And we met the Carlyle Lazarus, Forever, who is a kind of Ronin-type super-protector who has not yet learned she is biologically engineered. In this volume, she learns this, as a move within her family to break it up, maybe. We don't know what she will do with this information yet, actually. The main focus of this volume is ...
  • Lata
    What a horrible place this future is. To be called Waste is dispiriting, and also limiting.We get to seems family of Waste individuals, whose farm is destroyed by bad weather. They pick up and leave for Denver, hoping to get their kids picked up by the Carlyles as Serfs. Anyone who remembers their Middle Ages history remembers just how glorious it was being a serf, so while better than Waste, it's still not great.And we get to see Forever's early...
  • Gavin
    Really picked up for me when we met the family from the Wastes. I didn't really care about the Carlyle family at all. Forever is interesting enough, seeing her value of life that she has, in flashback and in limiting the violence at a border incident. We also see another flash of humanity when she feels remorse for the terrorists or freedom fighters after their interrogation and they're broken.I'm more interested in the tale of people who aren't ...
  • James DeSantis
    I'm really getting in to this world. I understand this might be a slow burner for some. It's a lot of world building, and that continues here. I love Forever, and yes she's somewhat emotionless but not completely and that makes her interesting. I've always had a soft spot for Terminator like characters with emotion and motives yet still robotic. This volume basically goes back and forth with forever as a kid and now. I really loved the past, and ...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    I had trouble rating this because it lacks the impact of the first volume. Forever seems to get lost in the shuffle, and she was less defined as a character. Although I felt the flashbacks give more insight into Forever's relationship with her 'father.' The new storyline about the Barrett family, who have to leave their homestead and travel to the city was interesting, but also sad. At first I didn't get how it tied into the main story, but their...
  • Cathy
    Her „father“ is despicable. The look back at Eve‘s childhood was chilling. I am dreading to find out what her sister is up to.I really liked the storyline about the waste family. It added more depth to the world building and was well done. It is the main reason I am looking forward to the next installment of this series.Great dystopian narrative that I wouldn‘t mind reading more of as a novel.And regarding the e-comic, the page numbering ...
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
    This volume takes a nice close look at a part of this world that I was very interested in seeing. The Waste.The waste are the peoples of this world that aren't currently employed as 'serfs' for any of the families. I was intrigued by the social hierarchy in the first volume and was hoping that I could get a closer look at how things worked. Volume 2 delivers that in spades.While this trade was a little less action packed than the first I still en...
  • Olivia
    "Power is not a means, it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture."You know how I said the problem I had with the first Volume was that it was too short and you don't get enough of a clearly interesting story in development? This book again is too short but it's like eating concentrated cherry juice with some gut punches that make your heart ache. Definitely a lot more plot/character development.And d...
  • RedL.
    3/4 Bloody sad starsLess gripping that the first collection, slower in pace, predictable at moments, but sadder and bloodier at the same time. There's more world-building from the side of the Waste population, more past and emotional background for our Lazarus, more scruples and social commentary. I certainly want to read more.
  • Roy
    This was great. The world building is where its at with this one. Its still a relatively slow build but its worth your investment. The artwork is great but at times the plot didnt really introduce characters so it was at times hard to distinguish.
  • L. McCoy
    This is good... just not as good as the first.What’s it about?This is basically the continuation of the comic book series Lazarus. I unfortunately can’t fully explain that well without spoiling a bunch of volume one.Pros:The story is still very interesting.The artwork is freaking astounding! It’s a well drawn, gritty style that suits the story perfectly.Forever (the main character for those of you who don’t know) is very interesting and g...
  • Melissa
    I am really, really excited to see where this series goes. I liked this a lot better than the first volume. There's a lot of great expansion on the world (I cannot wait to see what apocalyptically-tinged event is responsible for the whole Family/serf/waste division), a well-rounded bunch of new characters, no incest, and wow, I absolutely adore Forever even more than I did. Another of those books that I think fail only because they're just not lo...
  • David Dalton
    Where was I when this series first came out? Must been off planet or something. What a great series. Reminds me a lot of the TV series: Into the Badlands. Dark future and such. Forever is one kick butt enforcer/commander also known as the Lazarus of her family. But she was created, not natural born. Sooner or later she will get hip to all that. Read the first two volumes (covering 9 issues) via my digital library. Now I am searching thru Amazon a...
  • Craig
    An excellent series continues to maintain its strengths and build its believable future world. Rucka's future is one of the more believable I've read, especially if current trends regarding the 1% vs. the 99% continue to hold true. In this future, the world has been parceled out to a variety of "families," large corporations that have taken on the responsibilities of government, etc. People are divided into two categories: "serfs" (those who serv...
  • J.M. Hushour
    Damn if this isn't a ridiculously good comic. It just gets better and better. The Carlyle family Lazarus (a sort of retainer/assassin/bodyguard who can't die), Forever Carlyle, learns of conspiracies against her family. Terrorists! Bombs! The plight of the Waste, the majority of the population!Volume 2 digs into the rest of the world a little. We're introduced to a family whose farm gets destroyed and who heads out to dystopian Denver for Lift, t...
  • Julio Bonilla
    So Forever Carlyle is not a cyborg?
  • Joshua
    Lazarus is becoming a fascinating series to read , largely because it is beautiful balance between speculation, history, economics, and human nature. Greg Rucka in this second volume offers up not just a great continuation of what at first appears to be a spy-operative sci-fi graphic novel, but an interesting examination of a culture where government has been replaced with a pseudo-corporate-monarchy which has created a new feudal society.This se...
  • Bram Ryckaert
    We learn more about Forever's backstory, and zoom in on a family in the Waste (a great term of endearment for the general population in the world of Lazarus).The family's story thread gets connected to the bigger picture in a natural way, and through the story we once again learn about this dystopian world by showing, and not so much by telling. This is what I love about this series: it's a very light read with little to no exposition, but you le...
  • Anton
    This series is one of the freshest Dystopian/Science Fiction works in quite some time. Greg Rucka not only crafted a fine political thriller, with complex characters, but a social vision--of a potential near future where the rich people are augmented with cybernetic technology and where the poor normal humans are ripe for slavery. Highly recommend this series, and I am so happy it is being optioned for a TV series!
  • Emily
    Enjoyed the second even more than the first-good backstory for Forever, and the side plot with the family headed to the Lift was really compelling.