Greg Rucka And Michael Lark Launch X+66, A New Lazarus Mini-Series Starting In July From Image Comics

stl021062Michael Lark is taking a break from drawing Lazarus, the series he co-created with Greg Rucka and saw published from Image Comics. In the most recent issue #26, at the back he talks about needing a break from the one book for a bit, but will return and will be involved in what will replace Lazarus in the interim, a new six issue mini-series focusing on different Lazarus characters.

Greg writes,

  • In July, we’re launching Lazarus: X+66. This is a six-issue mini-series, with each issue focusing on a different character we’ve already met in the world, each issue drawn by a different guest artist.
  • Issue 1—written by myself and Eric Trautmann—follows Casey Solomon and her travails of Dagger selection. Steve Lieber is drawing.
  • Issue 2 follows Joacquim following the events of this issue, and is written by myself and Aaron Duran, and drawn by Mack Chater.
  • Neal Bailey and I are writing about Joe and Bobbie’s life in San Francisco and their brush with the Free.
  • We’ll conclude in December with issue 6, again written by myself and Trautmann, this time illustrated by Tristan Jones, revealing the secrets of the Zmey.
  • Along the way, we’ll be spending time with Xolani, Alimah, Joe and Bobbie, and Sere Cooper.
  • But before this, you get The Lazarus Sourcebook, Volume 2: Hock, out in April. This will be followed by Volume 3: Vassalovka early next year.
  • All of this should carry us through to the spring where we’ll start arc six, Fracture.
  • If we manage this right, there will be no delays on any of these, and we’ll look like a real honest-to-God monthly book.

There’s also a long essay about the state of America right now, and Greg declaring that 2017 might as well be the Year X from the series…

Lazarus was born out of a fear of what happened when capitalism supplanted democracy. When the acquisition of wealth was the end of itself. That was how you got the world of Year X.

This is precisely what we’re watching right now. A media machine that saw profit in Trump, and gave him all the publicity he could dream of for free, because it drove ratings, and ratings drove profits. A presidency that is shamelessly monetizing its very office, and a First Family that is leveraging their position to do the same. A deal that suddenly puts Trump brands in China after years of Chinese refusal; a 19.5% share in the recently-privatized Rosneft, sold to unnamed buyers, facilitated by Putin; the return of the Justice Department’s use of private prisons; a newly proposed budget that will ultimately dump billions and billions more dollars into the hands of a select few under the guise of bolstering the military.

Welcome to Year X.

Here’s hoping we can turn back the clock before it’s too late.

He has some ideas…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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