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It is the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture future]] and the governments of today have ceased to exist. [[MegaCorp Corporations]] have become the new ruling bodies of the world, dividing the planet into different "territories" that are under their direct control and ownership, [[FeudalFuture 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, cared little for by those in power, with their only hope for a better future 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 [[BioAugmentation modify]] one individual to be their "Lazarus."

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It is the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture future]] and the governments of today have ceased to exist. [[MegaCorp Corporations]] have become the new ruling bodies of the world, dividing the planet into different "territories" that are under their direct control and ownership, [[FeudalFuture 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, cared little for by those in power, with their only hope for a better future to be "elevated"."Lifted". 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 [[BioAugmentation modify]] one individual to be their "Lazarus."


** Zeferino Cardoso was shown carrying a basket-hilted one-handed longsword at the Family Conclave, though as of ''Risen'' he's switched to something that looks more like a two-handed machete.

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** Zeferino Cardoso was shown carrying uses a basket-hilted one-handed longsword at the Family Conclave, though as of ''Risen'' he's switched to something short sword that looks more something like a two-handed machete.



** Cristoff Mueller carries a zweihander (a German greatsword similar to a Scottish claymore).

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** Cristoff Mueller was shown carrying a one-handed saber at the Family Conclave, though he carries a zweihander (a German greatsword similar to a Scottish claymore).claymore) in actual battle.


* OlderThanTheyLook: The Carlyle children each look comfortably in their twenties or thirties. With the exception of Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] (who is said to be 23 or 24 as of ''Risen''), Bethany, Jonah, and Johanna are in their ''sixties'', while Stephen is in his early-to-mid 70's. Lampshaded by Jakob Hock, who says when he sees Jonah in the present that he hasn't aged a day in 40 years. Marisol, Forever's former combat trainer, is in her late 70's but looks no older than her late 30's, with James presumably around the same age (since according to the timeline he's been working on Longevity and Lazarus since Malcom began the programs sixty-plus years earlier). [[spoiler:The new record holder for this is Abigail Carlyle, who finally shows up in ''Risen'' #3: she's roughly the same chronological age as Malcom (110 or so) but doesn't look any older than her 30's.]]

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* OlderThanTheyLook: The Carlyle children each look comfortably in their twenties or thirties. With the exception of Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] (who is said to be 23 or 24 as of ''Risen''), Bethany, Jonah, and Johanna are in their ''sixties'', while Stephen is in his early-to-mid 70's. Lampshaded by Jakob Hock, who says when he sees Jonah in the present that he hasn't aged a day in 40 years. Marisol, Forever's former combat trainer, is in her late 70's 80's but looks no older than her late 30's, with James presumably around the same age (since according to the timeline he's been working on Longevity and Lazarus since Malcom began the programs sixty-plus years earlier). [[spoiler:The new record holder for this is Abigail Carlyle, who finally shows up in ''Risen'' #3: she's roughly the same chronological age as Malcom (110 or so) but doesn't look any older than her 30's.]]


* ActionGirl: Forever Carlyle, of course, [[spoiler:along with Eight]]. Bethany Carlyle almost guts her brother Jonah with a kitchen knife before being restrained and reminded that it would be a bad idea. Waste farmgirl Casey Solomon is introduced with a rifle slung across her back. She uses it to [[BoomHeadshot great effect]] an issue later, and eventually becomes a squad leader in the Carlyle military, and then of course there's other Lazari like Sonja Bittner and Alimah Meyers-Qasami.
* AllThereInTheManual: The early issues had extensive Back Matter which gives information about events prior to the start of the series, from a timeline to the history of the Families. There are also Carlyle, Hock and Vassalovka "sourcebooks" which go into far more depth about things in each territory, and several more have been teased.

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* ActionGirl: Forever Carlyle, of course, [[spoiler:along with Eight]]. Bethany Carlyle almost guts her brother Jonah with a kitchen knife before being restrained and reminded that it would be a bad idea. Waste farmgirl Casey Solomon is introduced with a rifle slung across her back. She uses it to [[BoomHeadshot great effect]] an issue later, and eventually becomes becoming a squad leader in the Carlyle military, and then later a member of the special forces "Dagger" teams. Then of course there's other Lazari seen in combat, like Sonja Bittner and Alimah Meyers-Qasami.
* AllThereInTheManual: The early issues had extensive Back Matter which gives information about events prior to the start of the series, from a timeline to the history of the many Families. There are also Carlyle, Hock and Vassalovka "sourcebooks" which go into far more depth about things in each territory, and several more have been teased.



* ColonelBadass: Forever's role in the Carlyle military structure. Since she is technically outside the military structure, (not to mention a member of the Family) "Commander" is merely a formal title.

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* ColonelBadass: Forever's role in the Carlyle military structure. Since she is technically outside the military structure, (not to mention a member of the Family) "Commander" is merely a formal title. She's also the direct commanding officer of the Carlyle Special Forces called Daggers.



* CoolSword: In keeping with the possibility that they would have to fight each other (and that the only really fatal injury is decapitation), most of the Lazari are assumed to carry one (or at least an edged weapon of some sort).

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* CoolSword: In keeping with the possibility that they would have to fight each other (and that the only really fatal injury is decapitation), most of the Lazari are assumed shown to carry one (or at least an edged weapon of some sort).



** Cristoff Mueller carries a zweihander (a German sword similar to a Scottish claymore).

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** Cristoff Mueller carries a zweihander (a German sword greatsword similar to a Scottish claymore).



* DesignerBabies: Forever is one, as Malcom had her genetically engineered to be the perfect Lazarus. [[spoiler: The Carlyle Sourcebook special issue confirms that there have been multiple Forevers over the past twenty-some years, with the Forever in the series being the seventh one. Johanna tells her in Issue #25 that the first few were 'proof of concept' that just proved the technology worked, and that Eve herself (Mark VII) is the first one who's actually been 'active' as a Lazarus.]]

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* DesignerBabies: Forever is one, as Malcom had her genetically engineered to be the perfect Lazarus. [[spoiler: The Carlyle Sourcebook special issue confirms that there have been multiple Forevers over the past twenty-some years, with the Forever in the series being the seventh one. Johanna tells her in Issue #25 that the first few were 'proof of concept' that just proved the technology worked, and that Eve herself (Mark VII) is the first one who's actually been 'active' as a Lazarus.]]



* DrunkWithPower: ''X +66'' #3 showed that Casey's grandfather Dennis has become this. As the only other member of her family, he was Lifted when she was and is now in charge of a Carlyle vineyard. Unfortunately, he treats his Waste workers quite poorly, much to the visiting Barretts' disappointment.

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* DrunkWithPower: ''X +66'' #3 showed that Casey's grandfather Dennis has become this. As the only other member of her family, he was Lifted when she was and is now in charge of a Carlyle vineyard. Unfortunately, he treats his Waste workers quite poorly, much to the visiting Barretts' Barrett's disappointment.



** Family Morray has a tradition of falling into brutal conflicts between different wings of the family as they compete to be the head of the Family and have control. While any survivors from losing branches are welcomed back into the fold, (for example, both Joacquim Morray and his brother Alejandro were taken in by their uncle Edgar after Edgar triumphed over and killed their father in one of these conflicts) they are monitored every hour of every day, and the slightest sign of disloyalty could result in them being purged.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Played with; the special operations warfighters called the Daggers are the descendants of the US Marine Corps Force Recon group (they even wear Marine Corps-style dress blues) and are under the direct authority of Forever herself as unit commander. They're certainly 'the best of the best' and they have the best equipment and training Carlyle can provide. However, they're still a group of people from disparate backgrounds who have been molded into professional killers, with all the mental stress and strain one would expect from soldiers in the middle of a long war (particularly Dagger Alpha, who are Forever's top squad and are deployed with her most often).

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** Family Morray has a tradition of falling into brutal conflicts between different wings of the family as they compete to be the head of the Family and have control. While any survivors from losing branches are welcomed back into the fold, (for example, both Joacquim Morray and his brother Alejandro were taken in by their uncle Edgar after Edgar triumphed over and killed their father in one of these conflicts) they are monitored every hour of every day, and the slightest sign of disloyalty could result in them being purged.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Played with; the special operations warfighters called the Daggers are the descendants of the US Marine Corps Force Recon group (they even wear Marine Corps-style dress blues) and are under the direct authority of Forever herself as unit commander. They're certainly 'the best of the best' and they have best', with the best most advanced equipment and training Carlyle can provide. However, they're still a group of people from disparate backgrounds who have been molded into professional killers, with all the mental stress and strain one would expect from soldiers in the middle of a long war (particularly Dagger Alpha, who are Forever's top squad and are deployed with her most often).



* ExactWords: At one point, Malcom tells an eleven year old Forever [[spoiler:Mark VIII, though he presumably did something similar with VII]] to defeat her swordmaster. He shows up to supervise their final duel but raises the stakes by having them fight with live steel blades instead of wooden training swords. Forever manages to injure and down the older woman, but stops fighting at that point. When Malcom asks why she held back, Forever points out that his instructions were to ''defeat'' the woman, not ''kill'' her. Malcom congratulates her for obeying his orders and rewards her with the Carlyle family sword.

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* ExactWords: At one point, Malcom tells an eleven year old Forever [[spoiler:Mark VIII, though he presumably did something similar with VII]] to defeat her swordmaster.combat instructor in a swordfight. He shows up to supervise their final duel but raises the stakes by having them fight with live steel blades instead of wooden training swords. Forever manages to injure and down the older woman, but stops fighting at that point. When Malcom asks why she held back, Forever points out that his instructions were to ''defeat'' the woman, not ''kill'' her. Malcom congratulates her for obeying his orders and rewards her with the Carlyle family sword.



* FamedInStory: Inverted with Marisol, Forever's former combat instructor. She was one of the "Pendleton Five", a fireteam of Marines who attempted to save a group of refugees from Army soldiers during the second Civil War. They were overwhelmed and killed, with their sacrifice becoming a huge propaganda coup for the Carlyle side. It was initially a matter of record only four of the five died, but since the story of the Five played better, that's what ended up in the history books. Marisol being the survivor is only known to a few people.

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* FamedInStory: Inverted with Marisol, Forever's former combat instructor. She was one of the "Pendleton Five", a fireteam of Marines who attempted to save a group of refugees from Army soldiers during the second Civil War. They were overwhelmed and killed, with their sacrifice becoming a huge propaganda coup for the Carlyle side. It was initially a matter of record only four of the five died, but since once Carlyle realized the story of the Five played better, that's what ended up in the history books. Marisol being the survivor is only known to a few people.



* FriendlyEnemy: While the families may not like each other, most of the Lazarai seem to get on with each other regardless of alliance. In the "Conclave" arc, Forever, Xolani Nkosi, and Sonja Bittner have a friendly sparring match despite Bittner being in conflict with both Carlyle and Nkosi. All the Lazari then attend a more-or-less friendly all-night poker game with only a little trouble (one Lazarus insulting another, then backing down), and Forever and Sonja genuinely like each other. [[spoiler: After Bittner allies with Carlyle, Sonja also befriends the younger Forever Mark VIII, treating her like a little sister and getting into a snowball fight with her.]]

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* FriendlyEnemy: While the families may not like each other, most of the Lazarai seem to get on with each other regardless of alliance. In the "Conclave" arc, Forever, Xolani Nkosi, and Sonja Bittner have a friendly sparring match despite Bittner being in conflict with both Carlyle and Nkosi.Nkosi, while Alimah Meyers-Qasami openly fangirls when meeting Forever. All the Lazari then attend a more-or-less friendly all-night poker game with only a little trouble (one Lazarus insulting another, then backing down), and Forever and Sonja genuinely like each other. [[spoiler: After Bittner allies with Carlyle, Sonja also befriends the younger Forever Mark VIII, treating her like a little sister and getting into a snowball fight with her.]]



** [[spoiler:Eight, broken down emotionally and mentally by her harsh training, attempts to commit suicide by running herself through with her sword.]]

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** [[spoiler:Eight, broken down emotionally and mentally by her harsh training, attempts to commit suicide by running herself through with her own sword.]]



** [[spoiler:Luka & Christina Rausling are killed by Joacquim & Sonja in Issue #24.]]



* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Inverted, since Carlyle and Morray are allies. In the first story arc, Forever and Joacquim are friendly but slightly awkward around each other, spend a good deal of time together and even watch a slightly romantic sunset before Jonah's attempt on Forever's life causes all hell to break loose. In the "Conclave" arc, Joacquim (in a tuxedo) and Forever (in a ''very'' flattering gown) do a bit of ballroom dancing, with both looking like they're quite enjoying themselves. They finally kiss in Issue #13, but the events that follow the Conclave have prevented them from taking their romance further. [[spoiler: Joacquim was forced to turn on Forever against his will in Issue #26, and she acquiesced to his wish for her to kill him in ''Risen'' #2]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler:When Malcom orders Johanna to drug Eve back into compliance, he says to "do whatever you must" to keep her loyal. Johanna, whose attitude to Eve is already softening, chooses to interpret this in such a way as to ensure Eve's loyalty to ''her''.]]
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Inverted, since Carlyle and Morray are allies. In the first story arc, Forever and Joacquim are friendly but slightly awkward around each other, spend a good deal of time together and even watch a slightly romantic sunset before Jonah's attempt on Forever's life causes all hell to break loose. In the "Conclave" arc, Joacquim (in a tuxedo) and Forever (in a ''very'' flattering gown) do a bit of ballroom dancing, with both looking like they're quite enjoying themselves. They finally kiss in Issue #13, but the events that follow the Conclave have prevented them from taking their romance further. [[spoiler: Joacquim was forced to turn on Forever against his will in Issue #26, and she acquiesced to his wish for her to kill him in ''Risen'' #2]]


* AbusiveParents: Malcom rarely shows any affection to any of his children. [[spoiler:Even Forever, to whom he shows marginally more, is just being treated that way so she stays loyal, and is thought more as a useful tool than a person by him. Her appearance in ''Risen'' #3 shows that Abigail can be just as cold; when Malcom brings up the possibility of her consoling a very upset Bethany, she ignores the suggestion.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Malcom rarely shows any affection to any of his children. [[spoiler:Even Forever, to whom he shows marginally more, is just being treated that way so she stays loyal, and is thought of more as a useful tool than a person by him. Her appearance in ''Risen'' #3 shows that Abigail can be just as cold; when Malcom brings up the possibility of her consoling a very upset Bethany, she ignores the suggestion.]]



* BreakTheCutie: Issue #5 featured a sequence of Forever at eleven years old, [[spoiler:later revealed to be, in fact, a new Forever being raised secretly in the present]], forced to fight and defeat an adult woman to be given the family sword. Not surprisingly, she fails, and Malcom coldly reprimands her. The look on her face is heart wrenching. ''Risen'' #2 has another, darker scene [[spoiler:with Eight: Bethany's harsher training regimen has exacted such an emotional toll that she sneaks into the woods in the middle of the night and tries to kill herself. Being a Lazarus, it doesn't take.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Jonah and Johanna Carlyle.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Issue #5 featured a sequence of Forever at an eleven years old, year old Forever, [[spoiler:later revealed to be, in fact, a new Forever being raised secretly in the present]], current time]], forced to fight and defeat an adult woman to be given the family sword. Not surprisingly, she fails, and Malcom coldly reprimands her. The look on her face is heart wrenching. heartwrenching. ''Risen'' #2 has another, darker scene [[spoiler:with Eight: Bethany's harsher training regimen and emotionally distant attitude has exacted such an emotional toll that she sneaks into the woods in the middle of the night and tries to kill herself. Being a Lazarus, it doesn't take.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Jonah and Johanna Carlyle.]]]] Rucka has gone on record as regretting this plot, and it's largely been allowed to fade into the background.



* TheChessmaster: Very little seems to surprise Malcom, he reacts to most news as if he has ice water for blood. The closest he's come to showing any reaction to something going wrong are when he's contemplating what Jonah has done by fleeing Carlyle territory, and then musing why Jakob went to Bittner instead of Vassalovka after capturing Jonah.

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* TheChessmaster: Very little seems to surprise Malcom, he reacts to most news as if he has ice water for blood. The closest he's come to showing any reaction to something going wrong are when he's contemplating what Jonah has done by fleeing Carlyle territory, and then musing why Jakob went to Bittner instead of Vassalovka after capturing Jonah. [[spoiler:Even after being told of his impending death, ''he'' stays calm and comforts Bethany (who delivered the news).]]



* DefrostingIceQueen: Forever as the series has progressed.



* DumbMuscle: Played with. In combat, The Zmey only speaks in very slow, basic sentences, but this seems like a side effect of whatever gives him his abilities, as he's intelligent enough to understand what's being said and respond to it, even taunting his opponents. ''X +66'' #6 has him speaking quite normally when telling his origins, possibly because he isn't actively using his abilities at the time, or possibly because his manner of speech in combat is a deliberate affectation for intimidation or ObfuscatingStupidity.

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* DumbMuscle: Played with. In combat, The Zmey only speaks in very slow, basic sentences, but this seems like a side effect of whatever gives him his abilities, as he's intelligent enough to understand what's being said and respond to it, even taunting his opponents. ''X +66'' ''X+66'' #6 has him speaking quite normally when telling his origins, possibly because he isn't actively using his abilities at the time, or possibly because his manner of speech in combat is a deliberate affectation for intimidation or ObfuscatingStupidity.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery; in fact, he has devoted what some of his advisors consider excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.
* ExactWords: Malcom told little girl Forever [[spoiler: actually Eve Mark VIII, though he presumably did something similar with VII]] to defeat her swordmaster. He shows up to supervise their final duel but raises the stakes by having them fight with live steel blades instead of wooden training swords. Forever manages to injure and down the older woman, but stops fighting at that point. When Malcom asks why she held back, Forever points out that his instructions were to ''defeat'' the woman, not ''kill'' her. Malcom congratulates her for obeying his orders and rewards her with the Carlyle family sword.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in censorship, in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that which fall in line with their approach).approach. And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery; in fact, he has devoted what some of his advisors consider excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.
* ExactWords: At one point, Malcom told little girl tells an eleven year old Forever [[spoiler: actually Eve Mark [[spoiler:Mark VIII, though he presumably did something similar with VII]] to defeat her swordmaster. He shows up to supervise their final duel but raises the stakes by having them fight with live steel blades instead of wooden training swords. Forever manages to injure and down the older woman, but stops fighting at that point. When Malcom asks why she held back, Forever points out that his instructions were to ''defeat'' the woman, not ''kill'' her. Malcom congratulates her for obeying his orders and rewards her with the Carlyle family sword.



* FieryRedhead: Casey Solomon certainly qualifies. She doesn't take crap from anyone (to the point of actually ''insulting'' Forever at their first meeting, though she didn't know who Forever was at the time), and her callsign is "Spitfire".



* FieryRedhead: Casey Solomon certainly qualifies. She doesn't take crap from anyone (to the point of actually ''insulting'' Forever at their first meeting, though she didn't know who Forever was at the time), and her callsign is "Spitfire".



* LongevityTreatment: The genetic modification called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Longevity]], used by the members of the Carlyle family and a handful of their closest non-Family allies. It's extremely effective, as evidenced best by Malcom Carlyle, who looks to be around 50 but is actually 110.

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* LongevityTreatment: The genetic modification called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Longevity]], used by the members of the Carlyle family and a handful of their closest non-Family allies. It's extremely effective, as evidenced best by Malcom Carlyle, who looks to be around 50 but is actually 110.



* PapaWolf: The prose story in ''Risen'' #4 shows that Jonah has become this [[spoiler:after his adoptive family, including his wife, were killed by a Hock bioweapon. He is discovered by Bittner and while being transferred into their custody, begins to fear what will happen to his son Jens. This is enough motivation for him to kill the men transporting them and go on the run.]]



* StatuesqueStunner: Forever qualifies, as she's very attractive and rather tall (around 6'2"). In ssue #23, she's shown to be half a head taller than the fairly tall Johanna. [[spoiler:''Risen'' #1 shows that Eight, at fourteen years old, is already taller than the adult Bethany.]]

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* StatuesqueStunner: Forever qualifies, as she's very attractive and rather tall (around 6'2"). In ssue Issue #23, she's shown to be half a head taller than the fairly tall Johanna. [[spoiler:''Risen'' #1 shows that Eight, at fourteen years old, is already taller than the adult Bethany.]]


* ColonelBadass: Forever's role in the Carlyle military structure. Since her given rank is 'Commander' and her immediate subordinate is a Captain, it seems to be more similar to a police ranking system as currently used in American cities like Chicago than the more well-known Naval rankings, where a Commander is one rank ''lower'' than a Captain. Alternatively, since she is technically outside the military structure, "Commander" could be merely a formal title.

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* ColdSniper: Casey takes up this role in [[spoiler:''Risen'' #4 when she kills the two survivors of the group who murdered Leigh, her best friend.]]
* ColonelBadass: Forever's role in the Carlyle military structure. Since her given rank is 'Commander' and her immediate subordinate is a Captain, it seems to be more similar to a police ranking system as currently used in American cities like Chicago than the more well-known Naval rankings, where a Commander is one rank ''lower'' than a Captain. Alternatively, since she is technically outside the military structure, (not to mention a member of the Family) "Commander" could be is merely a formal title.



* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Played with; the special operations warfighters called the Daggers are the descendants of the US Marine Corps Force Recon group (they even wear Marine Corps-style dress blues) and are under the direct authority of Forever herself as unit commander. They're certainly 'the best of the best' and they have the best equipment and training Carlyle can provide. However, they're still a group of people from disparate backgrounds who have been molded into professional killers, with all the mental stress and strain one would expect from soldiers in the middle of a long war (particularly Dagger Alpha, who are Forever's top squad and are deployed with her most often).



* {{Flashback}}: ''Risen'' #4 takes place during the timeskip between issue 28 of the old numbering and ''Risen'' #1, only catching up to the current story in the final pages.
* FieryRedhead: Casey Solomon certainly qualifies. She doesn't take crap from anyone (to the point of actually ''insulting'' Forever at their first meeting, though she didn't know who Forever was at the time), and her callsign is "Spitfire".



* ImportantHaircut: As of ''Risen'' #1, Forever has pared her previous mid-back length hair down to a crew cut.

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* ImportantHaircut: As of ''Risen'' #1, Forever has pared her previous mid-back length hair down to a crew cut. By ''Risen'' #4, Casey no longer has her iconic ponytail and seems to be growing out a pixie cut.



* {{Misblamed}}: Cady Rosales has focused her anger over her father's death solely on Forever, even though she knows for a fact that the only other option would have been the execution of ''dozens'' of people. [[spoiler:In ''Risen'' #4, Michael finds out that she's been actively trying to sabotage his work freeing Forever of her conditioning, hoping that ''something'' would go wrong and get her killed.]]
* MundaneWish: After they graduate training, each class of newly-minted Daggers camp out in the desert overnight and are visited by Forever. To bolster loyalty, she offers them each one request from her personally. Some of the ones revealed include an drinking contest (Forever wins), a date (no details other than it happened), and a one-on-one swordfighting training session (until the Dagger is exhausted, Forever of course isn't even breathing hard). Casey asks Forever's assistance in killing the men who murdered Leigh.



* SurvivorGuilt: ''Risen'' #4 makes it clear that Casey blames herself for Leigh's death, since Leigh had left the tent where she, Michael, and Casey were sleeping so that Michael and Casey could have some romantic time alone.
* TattooAsCharacterType: Casey, under the "Organizational Emblem" category. She has the Carlyle seal on her right bicep, and the Dagger insignia under her left collar bone.



* TrainingFromHell: There have been several scenes showing an eleven year old girl [[spoiler: who is Forever Mark VIII]] taking part in full-contact martial arts and sword training with an adult woman, who doesn't hold back just because she's fighting a kid.

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* TrainingFromHell: There have been several scenes showing an eleven year old girl [[spoiler: who is Forever Mark VIII]] taking part in full-contact martial arts and sword training with an adult woman, who doesn't hold back just because she's fighting a kid. ''X+66'' shows the Daggers also go through this; it's basically SEAL training on steroids.


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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know. [[spoiler:Johanna gets around both of these, first by changing her mind about Michael and recruiting him to get Everything off her conditioning regimen, second by simply ignoring the suggestion to kill Sonja.]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know. [[spoiler:Johanna gets around both of these, first by changing her mind about Michael and recruiting him to get Everything Eve off her conditioning regimen, second by simply ignoring the suggestion to kill Sonja.]]


* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know. [[spoiler:Johanna gets around both of these, first by shipping Michael off to a base where Eve now goes for treatment after missions, second by simply ignoring the suggestion to kill Sonja.]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know. [[spoiler:Johanna gets around both of these, first by shipping changing her mind about Michael and recruiting him to get Everything off to a base where Eve now goes for treatment after missions, her conditioning regimen, second by simply ignoring the suggestion to kill Sonja.]]


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* XanatosSpeedChess: Johanna is getting pretty good at this. While her initial play to become Head of Carlyle involved hedging her bets to the point that she was ready to sell Forever to the highest bidder in exchange for sanctuary, she's since become a talented player of the game, willing to shift plans with little advance notice, usually as a way to reinforce her own position.


** ''Risen'' #3: [[spoiler:Abigail Carlyle makes her first appearance in the series, James has begun to suspect that Eve isn't under Family control, and after months of delaying, Johannah finally allows Eve and Eight to meet.]]

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** ''Risen'' #3: [[spoiler:Abigail Carlyle makes her first appearance in the series, James has begun to suspect that Eve isn't under Family control, and after months of delaying, Johannah Johanna finally allows Eve and Eight to meet.]]


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery; in fact, he has devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery; in fact, he has devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.


* AbusiveParents: Malcom rarely shows any affection to any of his children. [[spoiler:Even Forever, to whom he shows marginally more, is just being treated that way so she stays loyal, and is thought more as a useful tool than a person by him.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Malcom rarely shows any affection to any of his children. [[spoiler:Even Forever, to whom he shows marginally more, is just being treated that way so she stays loyal, and is thought more as a useful tool than a person by him. Her appearance in ''Risen'' #3 shows that Abigail can be just as cold; when Malcom brings up the possibility of her consoling a very upset Bethany, she ignores the suggestion.]]



* ActionGirl: Forever Carlyle, of course. Bethany Carlyle almost guts her brother Jonah with a kitchen knife before being restrained and reminded that it would be a bad idea. Waste farmgirl Casey Solomon is introduced with a rifle slung across her back. She uses it to [[BoomHeadshot great effect]] an issue later, and eventually becomes a squad leader in the Carlyle military, and then of course there's other Lazari like Sonja Bittner and Alimah Meyers-Qasami.
* AllThereInTheManual: The early issues had extensive Back Matter which gives information about events prior to the start of the series, from a timeline to the history of the Families. There are also Carlyle, Hock and Vassalovka "sourcebooks" which go into far more depth about things in each territory.

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* ActionGirl: Forever Carlyle, of course.course, [[spoiler:along with Eight]]. Bethany Carlyle almost guts her brother Jonah with a kitchen knife before being restrained and reminded that it would be a bad idea. Waste farmgirl Casey Solomon is introduced with a rifle slung across her back. She uses it to [[BoomHeadshot great effect]] an issue later, and eventually becomes a squad leader in the Carlyle military, and then of course there's other Lazari like Sonja Bittner and Alimah Meyers-Qasami.
* AllThereInTheManual: The early issues had extensive Back Matter which gives information about events prior to the start of the series, from a timeline to the history of the Families. There are also Carlyle, Hock and Vassalovka "sourcebooks" which go into far more depth about things in each territory.territory, and several more have been teased.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Family Carlyle includes Malcom Carlyle, the father, and his two sons and three daughters. [[spoiler:When the series began, one son and daughter were plotting against him, though the son is for now out of the picture and the daughter running things, but still plotting against Malcom, just in a different way.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Family Carlyle includes Malcom Carlyle, the father, and his two sons and three daughters. [[spoiler:When the series began, one son and daughter were plotting against him, though the son is for now out of the picture and the daughter running things, but still plotting against Malcom, just in a different way. Also, when the Family matriarch finally makes her appearance, she coldly tells her husband that she's just waiting for him to die.]]



* BlessedWithSuck: Except for decapitation or complete destruction of her body (i.e. an explosion), Forever's regenerative abilities mean that she can heal from ''any'' wound. But she still '''feels''' every injury and the recovery as her bones and tissue regrow. Furthermore, while she does have a HealingFactor, she doesn't have a ''mending'' factor, and new limbs attached could easily grow back at bad angles in the process of healing unless she is fast enough.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Except for decapitation or complete destruction of her body (i.e. an explosion), Forever's regenerative abilities mean that she can heal from ''any'' wound. But she still '''feels''' every injury and the recovery as her bones and tissue regrow. Furthermore, while she does have a HealingFactor, she doesn't have a ''mending'' factor, and new limbs attached could easily grow back at bad angles in the process of healing unless she is fast enough. [[spoiler:Eight realizes this about herself in ''Risen'' #2, when she tries - and fails - to commit suicide.]]



* BulletTime: Forever's reflexes, perceptions, and reaction time are so fast that several sequences have demonstrated ordinary humans pose absolutely no threat to her in close combat.

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* BulletTime: Forever's reflexes, perceptions, and reaction time are so fast that several sequences have demonstrated ordinary humans pose absolutely no threat to her in close combat. Truth be told, she's more than a match for most other Lazari, as well; the only one who's posed a serious threat to her thus far was The Zmey.



* CoolOldGuy: Edgar Morray seems like a pretty decent guy, all things considered. After settling business with Forever regarding family matters, he good-naturedly invites her over for dinner with him and his Lazarus.

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* CoolOldGuy: Edgar Morray seems like a pretty decent guy, all things considered. After settling business with Forever regarding family matters, he good-naturedly invites her over for dinner with him and his Lazarus. The issue of ''X+66'' which focuses on Morray shows his true nature, though; brother has killed brother for generations (Edgar killed his own, Joacquim's father), and the rest of the Family is constantly infighting with regards to pretty much everything.



** The Carlyles. Jonah & Johanna are [[spoiler: screwing each other and plotting to take out their father]], Malcom treats all the kids dismissively at best, and even Forever, who was genetically engineered and conditioned to be loyal to the family, is starting to have doubts. When someone who's been indoctrinated since birth for absolute loyalty begins to question things, you know its bad.
** Family Morray has a tradition of falling into brutal conflicts between different wings of the family as they compete to be the head of the Family and control. While any survivors from losing branches are welcomed back into the fold, (for example, both Joacquim Morray and his brother Alejandro were taken in by their uncle Edgar after Edgar triumphed over and killed their father in one of these conflicts) they are monitored every hour of every day, and the slightest sign of disloyalty could result in them being purged.

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** The Carlyles. Jonah & Johanna are [[spoiler: screwing each other and plotting to take out their father]], Malcom treats all the kids dismissively at best, [[spoiler:Abigail has been in seclusion for years and seems to have the maternal instincts of a panda bear]], and even Forever, who was genetically engineered and conditioned to be loyal to the family, is starting to have doubts. When someone who's been indoctrinated since birth for absolute loyalty begins to question things, you know its bad.
** Family Morray has a tradition of falling into brutal conflicts between different wings of the family as they compete to be the head of the Family and have control. While any survivors from losing branches are welcomed back into the fold, (for example, both Joacquim Morray and his brother Alejandro were taken in by their uncle Edgar after Edgar triumphed over and killed their father in one of these conflicts) they are monitored every hour of every day, and the slightest sign of disloyalty could result in them being purged.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery, and is said to have devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery, and is said to have slavery; in fact, he has devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Joacquim in Issue #26, complete with stabbing Forever InTheBack and trying to decapitate her. Apparently Morray made a backroom deal with Hock/Vassalovka.]]
* FamedInStory: Inverted with Marisol, Forever's former combat instructor. She was one of the "Pendleton Five", a fireteam of Marines who attempted to save a group of refugees from Army soldiers during the second Civil War. They were overwhelmed and killed, with their sacrifice becoming a huge propaganda coup for the Carlyle side. It's actually a matter of record only four of the five died, but most people believe the story of the Five, and that Marisol was the survivor is only known to a few people.

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Joacquim in Issue #26, complete with stabbing Forever InTheBack and trying to decapitate her. Apparently Come to find out, Morray made a backroom deal with Hock/Vassalovka.]]
* FamedInStory: Inverted with Marisol, Forever's former combat instructor. She was one of the "Pendleton Five", a fireteam of Marines who attempted to save a group of refugees from Army soldiers during the second Civil War. They were overwhelmed and killed, with their sacrifice becoming a huge propaganda coup for the Carlyle side. It's actually It was initially a matter of record only four of the five died, but most people believe since the story of the Five, and that Five played better, that's what ended up in the history books. Marisol was being the survivor is only known to a few people.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:In ''Risen'' #2, Forever gets speared with a length of rebar by Joacquim. As he dives in for the kill, however, she orients herself to hit him with the other end, ''then pulls the rebar out of her own chest and takes him out with it''.]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Johanna and Malcom's views of Michael Barrett and Sonja Bittner, respectively. Despite Michael being the one who devised a cure for Malcom's poisoning and his being touted as a genius by Bethany, Johanna orders him to be kept from working with Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] until he's given a more in-depth security vetting. Malcom is uncomfortable with Sonja knowing about Forever [[spoiler: Mark VIII]], and advises Johanna to have her killed before she lets anything slip to someone (like Eve) who doesn't know.
know. [[spoiler:Johanna gets around both of these, first by shipping Michael off to a base where Eve now goes for treatment after missions, second by simply ignoring the suggestion to kill Sonja.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:In ''Risen'' #2, Forever Two in one issue (''Risen'' #2).
** [[spoiler:Forever
gets speared with a length of rebar by Joacquim. As he dives in for the kill, however, she orients herself to hit him with the other end, ''then pulls the rebar out of from her own chest and takes him out with it''.]]
** [[spoiler:Eight, broken down emotionally and mentally by her harsh training, attempts to commit suicide by running herself through with her sword.
]]



* InvisibleParents: Only an invisible mother. As of ''Risen'' #2, Abigail Carlyle has yet to appear in person, only being mentioned by others and seen in a few photos which show that Bethany looks almost exactly like her. The only in-story explanation is that she developed a serious illness while working on The Longevity Project, and has rarely if ever been seen in public since then.

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* InvisibleParents: Only an invisible mother. As Abigail Carlyle, wife of Malcom and mother of their children, was only ever mentioned by others, her appearances limited to a few photographs which seemingly showed a remarkable resemblence between herself and Bethany. [[spoiler:She shows up in the flesh for the first time in ''Risen'' #2, Abigail Carlyle has yet to appear in person, only being mentioned by others #3, looking both incredibly young ('''maybe''' her 30's) and seen in a few photos which show that Bethany looks almost exactly ''lot'' more like her. The only in-story explanation is that she developed a serious illness while working on The Longevity Project, and has rarely if ever been seen in public since then.Forever than either of her other daughters.]]



* OlderThanTheyLook: The Carlyle children each look comfortably in their twenties or thirties. With the exception of Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] (who is said to be 23 or 24 as of ''Risen''), Bethany, Jonah, and Johanna are in their ''sixties'', while Stephen is in his early-to-mid 70's. Lampshaded by Jakob Hock, who says when he sees Jonah in the present that he hasn't aged a day in 40 years. Marisol, Forever's former combat trainer, is in her late 70's but looks no older than her late 30's, with James presumably around the same age (since according to the timeline he's been working on Longevity and Lazarus since Malcom began the programs sixty-plus years earlier).

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* OlderThanTheyLook: The Carlyle children each look comfortably in their twenties or thirties. With the exception of Forever [[spoiler: Mark VII]] (who is said to be 23 or 24 as of ''Risen''), Bethany, Jonah, and Johanna are in their ''sixties'', while Stephen is in his early-to-mid 70's. Lampshaded by Jakob Hock, who says when he sees Jonah in the present that he hasn't aged a day in 40 years. Marisol, Forever's former combat trainer, is in her late 70's but looks no older than her late 30's, with James presumably around the same age (since according to the timeline he's been working on Longevity and Lazarus since Malcom began the programs sixty-plus years earlier). [[spoiler:The new record holder for this is Abigail Carlyle, who finally shows up in ''Risen'' #3: she's roughly the same chronological age as Malcom (110 or so) but doesn't look any older than her 30's.]]



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: In the Back Matter, Rucka explained that he was trying to stay within the realm of possibility, so he is using real technology that is currently in its infancy, including iPS stem cells. During the writing of the first issues, new articles about iPS stem cells were even published.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: In the some early Back Matter, Rucka explained that he was trying to stay within the realm of possibility, so he is using real technology that is currently in its infancy, including iPS stem cells. During the writing of the first issues, new articles about iPS stem cells were even published.



-->'''Forever:''' I want you to ''think'' about something, Johanna. I want you to think about what would ''happen'' if it turns out the ''drugs'' you use to ''control'' me don't ''work'' anymore. I ''know'' what you did. I know ''what'' I am. And I want you to get out of my ''way''. Now.



* TrainingFromHell: There have been several scenes showing an eleven year old girl [[spoiler: who is Forever Mark VIII]] taking part in full-contact martial arts and sword training with an adult woman, who is of course much stronger and faster than her.

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* TrainingFromHell: There have been several scenes showing an eleven year old girl [[spoiler: who is Forever Mark VIII]] taking part in full-contact martial arts and sword training with an adult woman, who is of course much stronger and faster than her.doesn't hold back just because she's fighting a kid.


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** ''Risen'' #3: [[spoiler:Abigail Carlyle makes her first appearance in the series, James has begun to suspect that Eve isn't under Family control, and after months of delaying, Johannah finally allows Eve and Eight to meet.]]


* DysfunctionalFamily: At least the Carlyles. Jonah & Johanna are [[spoiler: screwing each other and plotting to take out their father]], Malcom treats all the kids dismissively at best, and even Forever, who was genetically engineered and conditioned to be loyal to the family, is starting to have doubts. When someone who's been indoctrinated since birth for absolute loyalty begins to question things, you know its bad.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: At least the DysfunctionalFamily:
** The
Carlyles. Jonah & Johanna are [[spoiler: screwing each other and plotting to take out their father]], Malcom treats all the kids dismissively at best, and even Forever, who was genetically engineered and conditioned to be loyal to the family, is starting to have doubts. When someone who's been indoctrinated since birth for absolute loyalty begins to question things, you know its bad.bad.
** Family Morray has a tradition of falling into brutal conflicts between different wings of the family as they compete to be the head of the Family and control. While any survivors from losing branches are welcomed back into the fold, (for example, both Joacquim Morray and his brother Alejandro were taken in by their uncle Edgar after Edgar triumphed over and killed their father in one of these conflicts) they are monitored every hour of every day, and the slightest sign of disloyalty could result in them being purged.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcom's actions. That being said, Malcom does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcom has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery, and is said to have devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rucka often points out that there are no true heroes in the series, and has more than once brought up that the world is in its current state largely due to Malcom's Malcolm's actions. That being said, Malcom Malcolm does come across as a better option than someone like Hock, in that Carlyle territory operates on at least the illusion of basic meritocracy, thus giving some hope of betterment to lower-class citizens. Carlyle also only practices "passive" censorship (in that they don't actively suppress information, but do selectively edit and subtly promote things that fall in line with their approach). And while most of humanity is once again living in a Serf society, Malcom Malcolm has absolutely no tolerance for actual slavery, and is said to have devoted what some of his advisors consider to be excessive resources to breaking up Waste slavery rings, instead of taking the more economical approach of looking the other way.

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* YearX: The year that the world's mega-corporations met and divided the planet amongst themselves via the Macau Accords. Implied to be a point in the near future or recent past, it's used as a reference date for the events of the series. The book began in X+64, and as of ''Risen'', is taking place in X+68.

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