Cheat Sheet | From 'Larfleeze' to 'Lazarus' to Wizard World NYC

Lazarus #1

If you ever read Gotham Central when Greg Rucka and Michael Lark were part of the all-star creative team, then you probably don't need me to tell you anything about their latest collaboration, Lazarus. I imagine it's already on your "to buy" list. For everyone else, Rucka and Lark have teamed up on a new Image book set in a post-financial meltdown world, where countries and states have given way to territories ruled by families. Each family has a Lazarus, a champion to settle disputes and take out their enemies. The Lazarus for the Carlyle family, which runs the American West Coast, is Forever, who believes she's the family's youngest daughter, and her "father" keeps her under control by maintaining that illusion. No doubt that will change at some point. -- JK Parkin

New School

Bringing immediacy through bold, thick lines and select use of colors, Dash Shaw's next big release tells the story of a boy struggling with isolation and alienation after being moved to a new country. Anyone who has had to be the new kid in school or had to adjust to a new culture will probably relate and Shaw's expressionistic art is bound to capture the emotional experience unlike any other artist. Also watch for '90s pop-culture references throughout. Shaw drawing the X-Men could be worth the price alone. -- Corey Blake

Larfleeze #1

Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire reunite this October for Justice League 3000, but Giffen and DeMatteis launch a new ongoing series (alongside artist Scott Kolins) with this week's Larfleeze. I'm curious to see how this is received, because the last time the Orange Lantern headlined a book was 2010's Christmas Special, and his backup series apparently wasn't enough to bolster sales of Threshold. Still, I'll be checking out the new series because it's Giffen, DeMatteis and Kolins, each of whom knows how to make worthwhile superhero comics. -- Tom Bondurant

Change, Vol. 1

A lot of people whose opinions I trust have been raving about this comic, telling me it’s just up my street, and I've been patiently trade-waiting to find out for myself. It has a fairly pulpy-sounding plot: Lovecraftian creatures bring about the end of the world (or as writer Ales Kot expands, "Los Angeles is going to die in two days and the only people who can save it are a screenwriter turned car thief, a rapper turned producer, an astronaut on his way back from one of Jupiter's moons, and a little boy hidden inside a bigger boy"), but Kot is too interesting a writer for the story to play out in anything other than an original manner, and the auteurs of the far-out he's claimed as influencing the piece (Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Philip K. Dick and Richard Kelly, amongst others) are definitely my kind of freaks. -- Mark Kardwell

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