I’ve been really enjoying the direction this arc of Lazarus has been taking and I’m wondering where things will be going now. Hopefully, it’ll only continue to go up. Is it good?
Lazarus #13 (Image Comics)
Forgoing the usual opening summary, let’s get straight to the point. This issue is very much similar to the last issue in the sense that it’s focusing more on the characterization and development than the story. While there are indeed plot developments happening and the story is progressing forward, I would say the characterization is more important and in the foreground for the majority of the issue here. That’s not a bad thing in the slightest bit, since the characterization is very well done here.
All of the characters are very interesting and memorable, even if they aren’t as important as some others. Forever is still a very likeable, dedicated, and human character. Everything she does feels incredibly real and believable, from her scene with her family to the kiss she shares with Joacquim. The other Lazari seen in the book are just as memorable and have some of the best scenes in the book. The interesting Poker scene where they are all talking reveals and says so much about them all that even if you don’t know all their backstories, you do understand who they are as a person. It’s fantastic stuff, though it could be understandable if people would have preferred a bit more story. After all, the beginning arc struck a near perfect balance with the story and characterization.
Looks like someone has a fangirl.
The writing on the book still remains pretty stellar overall. The emotions and feelings displayed in the book feel genuine (even if a character is possibly faking it), helping you buy into and get caught up in the drama. The dialogue and interactions are solid and add to the characterization, making for some rather memorable exchanges between the people. The pacing and story flow are good, with no issues with the scenes or transitions between them. The only real downside I could say about the book is that there no real action or big excitement to the issue, but that’s only because you are so used to the comic pulling out something big or exciting (whether it be an action scene or big surprise in the story).
The artwork is great as usual, with no real big complaints. All of the characters look very nice and rather distinguishable from one another. The layouts are decent and flow well from one another, though the backgrounds in them can tend to be a bit blank. There are some nice shots, angles, and shadows used in the book to some pretty neat effect. Some of the panels really stand out and can provide a lot of emotion or depth because of that. The coloring is nice as well, helping with the mood and tone a lot. Really, not much to say that you don’t already know about when you see the art.
Is It Good?
Lazarus #13 is another win for the series, taking a more character-focused approached for this issue. The writing and story on the book continue to impress, really delivering a truly engaging and fantastic read. It’s not as thrilling as most issues, but you would be hard pressed to not walk away enjoying this.
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