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Lazarus Churchyard: The Final Cut by Warren…

Lazarus Churchyard: The Final Cut

by Warren Ellis, D'Israeli (Illustrator)

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Lazarus Churchyard was Warren Ellis' first major creation. In another writer's hands, the concept of a practically-immortal man who can reshape his body at will might have ended up in superhero territory. You know it's Ellis when the hero looks like a zombie Joey Ramone and lives in the desperate underbelly of a violent future Europe.

It's good: amazingly good, when you consider how early in his career this was published. You can see the commonalities with Transmetropolitan which he started several years later: transhumanism, a strong, flawed lead, social commentary, robust female characters, wicked wit, tragedy, a fascination with the weird variations of homo sapiens, and a rage at what we do to each other.

That said, Lazarus Churchyard is its own animal, and not simply a preparation for Transmet. It feels, in fact, larger than it is; the stories are roughly continuous, but it's amazing how much it feels like outtakes from a long, established series. I don't meant that it's difficult to follow, but that there's a reality to the characters and the setting that seems to extend beyond the borders of the stories we see. ( )
  Cynara | Jun 10, 2009 |
Lazarus Churchyard inhabits a very twisted world. He, and a few offsiders work as troubleshooters for hire, of a sort. They get involved with monsters, and magic, and the occult, because they are some of the people that can deal with that sort of thing. He, himself has the odd superhuman abilities that give him an advantage in this sort of work.

http://graphicsf.blogspot.com/2006/12/lazarus-churchyard.html ( )
  bluetyson | Dec 15, 2006 |
My advantageous mongoose masturbates with abandon over your mother's skeleton.

Dark, angry and bizarre - also very very cool.

Meet Lazarus Churchyard, suicide-crazed unkillable junkie trapped in a future so disgusting that it makes him the good guy by default.
1 vote Black_samvara | Oct 9, 2006 |
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