The adventure continues in Lazarus #6, an issue long-awaited by fans after its month-long delay. But don’t fear that you’ve forgotten anything during the break because the book drags readers back into place with its thickening plot, growing characters, and striking visuals.
Greg Rucka perhaps chose a difficult path in making Forever a stoic character because such characters could be less easy for readers to emphasize with past the character’s air of invulnerability. That element is, of course, necessary for Forever’s characterization, but it makes itself into a hurdle that Rucka must push readers over. The readers’ relationship to Forever in Lazarus’s first arc depended heavily on the difficult situations her family put her in. This second arc is opening the character up and shaping her into an individual as #6 delves further into her childhood. Meanwhile, Joe, Bobbie, and their children—who we met last issue—along with newly introduced characters grow alongside the expansion of Lazarus’s world. Questions from the first issues have been answered and the situation only seems direr. Lazarus has a perfect pace where it feeds enough information to keep readers satisfied and yet craving more.
The only problems this reviewer has with the book is in regards to Michael Lark’s art, which works most of the time especially with Santi Arcas’s skillful colors. Lark’s 3D modeling technique has kept Lazarus’s futuristic world on point and his use of technology instead of penciling seems appropriate given the series’s inclusion and concerns about advanced tech. However, there are times where the panels seem off, usually in regards to characters’ anatomy. #5’s cover was supposed to portray a young Forever, but the girl on the cover looked more like an Uncanny Valley bobble head than a child. This was an image that this reviewer, even while absorbing #6’s interior art, which was much better in quality, couldn’t shake. The 3D modeling faces snags with distance as well because in one panel a faraway woman with her legs spread in a provocative position seems have her right foot as longer than her left. In the beginning of the series, Lark admitted to wrestling quite a bit with how Forever’s body should look so perhaps these panels are indicative of his continued efforts towards improvement.