Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift

Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift

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...

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Title:Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift
Author:Greg Rucka
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Edition Language:English

Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift Reviews

  • 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 stories are "main timeline" - Forever tries to sus

    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 stories are "main timeline" - Forever tries to suss out the terrorist plot against the family, and the latter introduces a bunch of new characters, Joe, Bobbie, Michael, and Lee Barrett as they suffer the loss of their farm due to severe flooding.

    I adored Volume 1 - it was exactly the type of dystopian story I love to read, with great characters, an interesting, complex story and good worldbuilding. Ruck and company use Volume 2 to flesh out and expand on Volume 1 - instead of just focusing on the Carlyle family, we get to see into the life of your average "waste". And like you would expect, it isn't fun - and also like you find out, half of the battle is who you know.

    Sequels or middle-volumes are hard to write reviews for - you neither want to repeat yourself, but also, you don't want to give anything away from the earlier volumes. So pardon me as I fumble around for proper words to describe Volume 2.

    What I feel makes Volume 2 just as good as Volume 1 is that it spends time exploring Forever's background and why she does a lot of what she does. I suppose you could say, there's some pretty obvious foreshadowing of a showdown in the future, but for me, it works. Forever is a character that could easily just become a fighting machine, a Terminator. The backstory shows her humanity, while the main plotline shows her as she starts to question her surroundings.

    The other part of Volume 2 that was critical was the inclusion of the Barretts. This gives the story its reason for existing - the lives the waste live are horrible and while they may not be slaves in the traditional sense, they will be forever paying off debts to the family in economic slavery. And as I found in Volume 1, the new characters of Volume 2, namely the Barretts, are for the most part, memorable - Michael loves to read, an eternal seeker; his mother, Bobbie, is somewhat a hot-head, but passionate for her children; Joe is her calming companion. (Leigh admittedly doesn't spend much time in the book, so I am removing her from the "memorable" part.)

    The hard part for authors is following up a smash Volume 1 with a solid Volume 2, proving you have a concept, characters and story that aren't just a fluke or just work in one setting. Rucka and gang have that here - I'm currently working on Volume 3 and already I can see the world is getting ever more complicated and intriguing.

  • 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 this unforgiving world. The Barrets’s experience is heart

    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 this unforgiving world. The Barrets’s experience is heart-breaking.

    This is not the nicest narrative, with all thise violence and pain and death, but it has caught my interest. Who is contacting Eve and telling her about her ‘father and siblings’???? And what will happen when she finally believes it?

  • Jan Philipzig

    In

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    (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 details right, and the result is a slow-burning, sty

    In

    , Rucka and Lark gradually broaden the story's scope. While the first volume's focus on the intrigant upper crust sometimes felt like watching

    or

    (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 details right, and the result is a slow-burning, stylish, relevant, increasingly complex read. My only concern is that it may be a bit

    slow-burning for its own good, as it isn't all that entertaining to watch familiar tropes in slow motion.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

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  • 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 and make the journey to Denver to try and become “Serfs”.

    Lazarus Volume 2

    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 and make the journey to Denver to try and become “Serfs”.

    Lazarus Volume 2 is largely a setup book. It explains Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s dystopian future world a bit more while introducing new characters that, given the amount of space allocated to them, will likely have a major role to play in future volumes. Unfortunately, this is also a very dreary read with Rucka borrowing heavily from other dystopian sci-fis and not bringing enough of his own to the series or developing the story he started fairly well in the first volume.

    One story thread follows Forever as a kid, training vigorously to become the killing machine her father wants her to be. We return to this flashback throughout the book and all that happens is that she’s not good enough at first and then she is by the end. Predictable and boring.

    In fact, Forever steps back quite a bit in this volume as she’s involved in more of a background plot. In the present, she’s looking for a terrorist group with her family’s name on a bomb. Think she stops them in the end? And that’s that plotline! Again, predictable and boring.

    Instead of this it would’ve been preferable if Rucka had explored the idea of the Lazarus itself – where did this come from? Why is it that each ruling family has one and only one? Rather than look into this, we get the dreary terrorist subplot and the repetitive training scenes.

    The bulk of the story concerns new characters, the Barrets, as they lose their home in Montana and hit the road to Denver. It’s a tough world surviving out there in this dystopian future where everything sucks, and they struggle against bandits and a total lack of resources. It’s a scenario that anyone who’s read/watched their share of sci-fi will have seen innumerable times before and Rucka’s rendering is nothing short of drearily unimpressive. I’ll just say it: Robert Kirkman does this scenario so much better in The Walking Dead, and I’m not even that much of a fan of that series either!

    There’s one cool scene near the start where Forever visits her family’s border with rival group, Bittner and Hock, one of whose soldiers shoots Forever, but of course she heals. Rather than picking up her own gun and taking him out, she uses her words to have the soldier’s own people punish him for his potshot. It’s an imaginative and original moment which is why it stood out to me amidst the rest of this rote story.

    Rucka’s storytelling is very unimaginative but his writing is competent and Michael Lark’s art is very good. I can’t fault Lazarus Volume 2 too much on a technical level, but the story is unappealing, very dull and overly miserable without any payoff. I realise this is only Volume 2 so there’s unlikely to be any payoff yet but I’m not encouraged to go any further to see what happens next. I simply don’t care about any of these characters or their world - I don’t think this series is for me.

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