Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s long-running Lazarus comic will return this March, doing so with a new #1 issue, a new story arc titled Lazarus: Risen, a new prestige publishing format (a whopping 64 pages!), and a new quarterly release schedule.
Image announced the return today, doling out some plot details, too, including that two years will have passed since Forever Carlyle and the Carlyle family were betrayed in battle, that the Conclave War is raging, and that Johanna Carlyle will unite with her sister Forever, forging an alliance that will, of course, complicate things moving forward.
“Forever’s journey has entered a new phase,” Rucka said in the press release, “and we wanted the title to reflect not just that, but all things LAZARUS present and future. We’re excited to finally get to share this next chapter!”
Lazarus: Risen #1 is due out March 13. For the uninitiated, Lazarus is a dystopian sci-fi comic book that debuted back in 2013, at which time the future it was predicting looked a little bit extreme. Some stuff went down (ahem…the 2016 election), and, long story short, while the book didn’t predict everything in the news lately, its vision of a future ruled by wealthy feudal families enabled by rage feels way more realistic than it used to. But I digress.
The full press release from Image is below:
The Eisner Award-winning team of Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK, THE OLD GUARD, Gotham Central) and Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central) will release LAZARUS: RISEN #1, which kicks off a new story arc in a new prestige format and with a new quarterly schedule, this March.
Weighing in at 64 pages and packed with extras, LAZARUS: RISEN #1 continues the story of Forever and the Carlyle Family. Two years have passed since they were betrayed in battle, and the Conclave War now encroaches on every side. As a new era dawns, Johanna Carlyle goes on the attack to ensure the survival of her Family, relying on the loyalty and support of the Carlyle Lazarus—her sister, Forever. And while their united front may be enough to turn the tide, the cracks are beginning to show…
“Forever’s journey has entered a new phase,” said Rucka, “and we wanted the title to reflect not just that, but all things LAZARUS present and future. We’re excited to finally get to share this next chapter!”
LAZARUS: RISEN #1 will be available on Wednesday, March 13th.
LAZARUS will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.
Select praise for LAZARUS:
“A compelling story that’s up there with the best TV dramas… As the real world feels ever closer to dystopia, LAZARUS is a powerful warning against where we could be headed.” —Salon
“This is career-best work for Rucka and Lark; it’s also the best comic going for fans of unflinching storytelling.” —Paste Magazine
“Many a contemporary dystopian comic flirts with the idea of a world driven to ruin by greed, but few do so in as relevant a manner as LAZARUS.” —IGN
“LAZARUS embodies everything I want in a comic book: dystopian near-future, hard sci-fi, badass female protagonist, contemporary social and political themes, blistering action, a touch of pathos, art that makes me feel like I can smell the cordite and taste the dirt.” —Comicosity