I am Greg Rucka’s bitch, I won’t pretend otherwise. Whether it’s his take on Wonder Woman, his fantastic series Stumptown, the brilliant Queen and Country or his fabulous novels (seriously if you haven’t read the Atticus Kodiak http://www.gregrucka.com/wp/books-by-greg-rucka/ series stop reading this now, go buy them and come back when you’re done. You’ll be an emotional wreck but I promise it’s worth the pain) he never lets me down. His female characters are some of the best in comics and his care and research teach you things you didn’t know before, more often than not. Even Rachel Maddow is with me. In her preface to Batwoman: Elegy she said of Rucka,
“I won’t lie to you: I would read anything Greg Rucka wrote. I would read Greg Rucka’s grocery lists. I would read Greg Rucka’s discarded edits. I would read a Greg Rucka forty-volume soft-hearted navel-gazer about characters I couldn’t care less about, if he was capable of writing such a thing, and if he did I’d probably read it out loud to my friends and exclaim and swear about how he made me care.”
She gets it.
It was with great excitement that I opened his new comic Lazarus (Image, out last week). I was not disappointed.
We begin with our leading lady getting killed on the first page.
Ok, I’m in.
A few panels later we realize she’s telling the story of her death and how long it took her to come back. Turns out she is a Lazarus, an unkillable security detail for what appears to be a family in the ruling class of this dystopian world. The problem is, the lady appears to be developing a conscious. That seems to be frowned upon by her handlers.
Rucka has created a fascinating world that I definitely want to learn more about. His gift for strong, complicated and intelligent female characters seems to continue here with Endeavor Carlyle. She’s definitely going to cause some trouble and I am definitely looking forward to finding out how. Rucka’s an automatic on the pull list but I’d read this even if it wasn’t his. It has me hooked.
Story by: Greg Rucka
Art By: Michael Lark
Diamond ID: APR130420
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Genres: Drama, Psychological, Thriller
Publisher: Image Comics