|Review by Benn Robbins|
|Review by Caitlyn Thompson|
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.
|Collects first two arcs of New York Times bestseller by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark|
In the Image Comics series LAZARUS, the world has become a feudal state: a few wealthy families control all of the resources, while all other people amount to, if they’re lucky, loyal vassals or serfs. But most are destitute, unprotected, and desperate — what the privileged call “Waste.” This is the world of the New York Times bestselling series by Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman, Atticus Kodiak novels) and Michael Lark (Gotham Central, Daredevil, SCENE OF THE CRIME), which is now being collected into a deluxe hardcover edition, out in November.
The “Lazarus” of the title is Forever Carlyle, the genetically enhanced daughter of a powerful family who is charged, like all who share the title Lazarus, with protecting that family by all means possible — and the story begins on the day she is killed.
Forever believes in her father’s love for her, but as a conflict with another ruling Family to moves toward war, she begins to suspect she is little more than a pawn in Family Carlyle’s plot to gain more power.
To writer Rucka, the dystopia he created for LAZARUS isn’t a far-fetched science fiction world; it’s plausible speculation on where our society is heading.
Influenced by the Occupy Movement, Rucka asked himself, “What would the world look like if 99% became 99.99999%? What if the 1% became the .00001%? What happens when that much wealth and power becomes that concentrated?”
Concentration of power leads to the powerful using all means to protect what they have — and that is where Forever comes in. Regarded variably as a tool, pet, and science project, Forever must break through her lifelong conditioning to find out what and who she really is in a world that sees her as something less — and more — than human.
“If you ask me what the series is about, yes, it’s about this dark vision of the future, certainly,” said Rucka. “But it’s about Forever, her journey, the questions of nature versus nurture, and of power, and of corruption.”
Lark’s art renders Forever’s world in deep shadow and is heightened with moody colors by Santi Arcas, perfectly capturing the fractured, violent world of LAZARUS as well as Forever’s vulnerability and naïveté, which her deadly exterior belies.
“I’m trying to demonstrate the contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots,’” said artist Lark. “Because one side has, literally everything and the other has nothing, the contrast is strong. I realize that while we in the United States haven’t seen this come to pass — yet — there are other parts of the world where it is already a stark reality.”
LAZARUS: BOOK ONE collects issues #1-9 of LAZARUS, plus an introduction by Warren Ellis, a four-page “Prelude”; never-before-seen work by artist Lark, cover artist Owen Freeman, and graphic designer Eric Trautmann; and exclusive world-building content.
|Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN Present All-New Hilarious|
Commentary on This Holiday Title in Select U.S. Cinemas on December 4
Fathom Events, RiffTrax.com® and IGN are thrilled to bring Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) back to select cinemas nationwide for “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus” on Thursday, December 4 LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT for a hilarious never-before-seen take on K. Gordon Murray's “Santa Claus.”Read more »
|Series Premieres in 2015 on WE tv|
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Deep down, most of us long to be famous. While most of us live our lives in anonymity, as a celebrity you can have an impact on the world, leave a meaningful legacy behind, and have your name remembered for ages.
Sometimes, though, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While PR professionals might claim there’s “no such thing as bad publicity,” for individuals seeking fame, that’s not always the case. When it comes to your own legacy, it’s probably better to live in obscurity than to have your name smeared throughout history.
Even if you’re not remembered as a villain for all time, a brief firestorm of bad publicity can cost you. Take Justine Sacco, who was fired due to an inappropriate tweet that went viral, or the South Korean student who became famous and endured harassment as “Dog Poop Girl” after refusing to clean up after her dog on the subway.
Those cautionary tales prove a point: If you’re after Internet stardom, you need to take charge by crafting your own online identity before you hit the big time.
By following the right steps to stardom, you can turn around even bad publicity in your favor. Even if an unflattering photo of you suddenly goes viral, you can imitate accidental star McKayla Maroney and reclaim your fame with a positive attitude.
But instead of waiting for your one-in-a-million chance of going viral accidentally, it’s better to start off on the right foot to begin with than to be accidentally launched into fame by a chance photo or misstep and then have to try to make the best of it.
If you’ve decided to take your Internet stardom into your own hands, just follow the steps after the jump and your name will be known around the web before you know it.
|Review by Dean Galanis|
Clearly, HER mutant power is convincing large swaths of people
she’s interesting enough to watch for nearly a decade.
It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.
There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.
Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.
Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.