"...my armies are our shield against our enemies, against the other families Lazarus
...but Forever is the tip of my sword...
...and like the finest blade...
...she is beautiful...
...and she is lethal...
...and she is precise..."
— Malcolm Carlyle
is a new comic book series by Greg Rucka
and Michael Lark (who previously worked together on Gotham Central
It is the future
and the governments of today have ceased to exist. Corporations
have become the new ruling bodies of the world, dividing the planet into different "territories" that are under their direct control and ownership, instituting a new form of feudalism
. The Families are the heads of those corporations; those who provide services for the Families are referred to as Serfs, having been "elevated to Service". Everybody else is Waste, uncared for by those in power, whose only hope for a better future is to be "elevated". Food is scarce, so each Family keeps their seed banks secure, doling out supplies only to those Waste who have properly registered as servants of the Family. To serve as the Family's shield, sword, and bannerman, each family can modify
one individual to be their "Lazarus."
Forever Carlyle is the Lazarus for the Family Carlyle, the Family which controls the area of the United States west of the Mississippi River. Forever performs the dirty work for her siblings and her father, when one night, thieves break in a Family guest residence where she is staying and shoot her multiple times in a desperate search for food. On the same night, commandos from rival Family Morray assault the Carlyle seed bank with the help of someone on the inside, nearly managing to reach the seed vault. In the aftermath, war looms between the two families.
There is something else going on, however. Something deeper. There are schemes and plots and Forever is stuck in the middle.
And she is starting to question her orders completely...
Tropes included in Lazarus: