The solicitations are out, so this means I don’t have to do that awkward thing of announcing my own news (because, I mean, that’s weird, right? And I have done the self-announcing thing myself – sometimes you can’t avoid it, when a project has no official outlet or PR or whatever. But… still. Weird. Anyway). So I can now simply say, hi there, I have a prose short story in the next issue of Lazarus: Risen! Issue #2 hits the stands July 22.
Lazarus is a comic I’ve been a fan of since the beginning back in 2013, and Greg Rucka is a writer I’ve been a fan of for many, many years prior to that. Sometime in 2011 I summed the courage to contact Greg to see if he’d blurb my superhero novel, Seven Wonders, as I figured he knew superheroes like few other creators. And, to my delight, he did! To this day, his blurb is something I’m incredibly proud of.
Anyway, since then, we kept in touch, and despite a few near misses when I was travelling in the US, we finally managed to connect in person at Thought Bubble last year in Leeds. There he outlined the future of Lazarus… and little did I realise that six months later I’d be invited to write for that world.
And what a world it is… a near-future dystopia, where the planet is ruled by twelve super-rich families, and everyone else is either subservient, or simply waste. Image has a good primer here, and obviously I recommend digging into the series for yourself – all 28 issues of Lazarus and the 6-issue miniseries Lazarus: X+66 (as well as three sourcebooks giving some deep-dive exploration of the world) are available collected in print and digitally.
As for my story… well, I’ll be able to talk a little more about that later. Until then, here’s the solicit and the all-important Diamond order code – if you want to be sure of snagging the issue at your favourite comic retailer, make sure you give them the code MAY190081.
LAZARUS: RISEN #2
WRITER: Greg Rucka
ARTIST / COVER A: Michael Lark
JULY 24 / 64 pages / FC/ M / $7.99
“FRACTURE I,” Part Two The alliance between Carlyle and D’Souza is nothing more than a trap—and now Forever must face not one, but two Lazari in a desperate battle to the death. And at Sequoia, Marisol finds herself following Eight’s footsteps into a snowy night. The secrets are beginning to take their toll, and when they come out, the results will be shattering. All this, plus artifacts from the firm of Trautmann and Howe, another installment of World of Lazarus: Tools of War, and original short fiction by award-winning author ADAM CHRISTOPHER.