"I was always immersed in war. It's what we wake up to when we become alive to some extent, isn't it? This world filled with war. There is love, yes, and there is plenty of it, however the war is also a part of it, it's written under the stones we walk upon, it's written (often) in the eyes of our family, in the curriculum, and so forth. So, from being enveloped in that -- on some levels unconsciously in the beginning -- to seeing action movies, to seeing books on war, to hearing my grandfather speak about war, to seeing James Bond movies, from seeing a society that glorifies the "strong male" who solves problems by brutal force, and to video games like Doom and Wolfenstein, by the age of seven I enter primary school and this is just the beginning of it. See the war children wage on one another, often replaying the conditioning shared by their parents. See the war of base impulses. To some extent I was fascinated by this. As a young overweight kid there was something genuinely uplifting about seeing the men win against all the odds and the numbers and the lack of belief in their abilities. There's a reason why I was wearing the Rocky costume when I was five or so. At the same time the true action heroes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme and such is so often precariously Randian. The action movies of that era (late 80's) combined polite (yet horrifying, because unkind) Reaganisms and Thatcherisms with the Randian sense of triumph of one against all, although, at the same time, one can say this goes all the way back to some of our primal myths, so I suppose that part of my explanation might be invalid. Regardless, this changes when films such as Aliens and Predato' come out with genuinely subversive takes on such themes (see Arnold's Dutch Schaefer, a man genuinely tired of killing, and the CIA officer who lies almost all the time as one of his mirror images), influencing me years later when I get a chance to see them in the Czech Republic around 1993-94, being about seven or eight years old at the time. As you can see I could write a book about this but I won't, at least not right now. What we end up with is me seeing Skyfall and, despite Craig's worthiness and the fantastic cinematography of Roger Deakins, being annoyed by a script that had genuine potential and fell on its mouth like a wonderfully dressed toddler with a genuinely lovable tiny face that attempted to walk for the first time and then fell and shat itself. So I thought "Well, James Bond is clearly dead if they don't want to deal with serious themes in a non-juvenile way, because story-wise, except for some fantastic scenes, this fell apart thirty minutes in."
An excerpt from one of the two recent interviews with Newsarama, done nearly at the same time. Number one, focused on my series ‘Zero’, can be read in its entirety here. Number two, focused on Marvel Entertainment’s ‘Iron Patriot,’ can be read here.
As has been noted elsewhere, the first LAZARUS TPB did not contain the backmatter that was included in the four issues the volume collected. This was due to price concerns more than anything else; we want the initial trades, in each volume, to be as cheap as feasible.
Eventually, when the book has progressed enough to justify it, Michael and I want to release a hardcover edition that will include bells and whistles a-plenty, including the supplemental material of the backmatter, as well as other things.
For now, though, I’ve been threatening to repost the timeline that ran in issues 2 through 4. I’m making good on the threat.
X -45 Malcolm Carlyle born, Seattle WA
X -24 Malcolm Carlyle graduates from Harvard w/ Degree in Econometrics
X -21.5 Malcolm Carlyle earns doctorate at M.I.T. w/ Degree in Economics & Urban Studies and Planning
X -19 Malcolm Carlyle begins post-doc sturdies at London School of Econimics & Political Science in Mathematics & Economics
X -18 Malcolm Carlyle meets/courts Abigail Beckett.
X -16 Malcolm Carlyle and Abigail Beckett marry. Malcolm completes post-doctorate work.
X -13 Malcolm Carlyle forms Carlyle Capital Investment, specializing in commodities and debt purchase/resale.
X -12 CCI posts $2.2 billion dollars (US) in profit.
X -11 Malcolm Carlyle authors Natural Selection: Morality in Business During Economic Contraction. The book is hailed as “visionary” and “groundbreaking” by many in the financial industry, though some scholars claim it paints a “grim, predatory portrait of our economic future.”
X -10 Carlyle is rumored to write a private document, called “The Benevolence Memorandum.” He denies it publicly, but speculation persists in the fringe and mass media.
X -10 CCI completes purchase of Monsanto, rebranding it as the Carlyle Future Foundation.
X -7 Stephen Donovan Carlyle born to Malcolm and Abigail (London).
X -6Natural Selection becomes required reading at Harvard.
X -4 Bethany Elizabeth Carlyle born to Malcolm and Abigail (Zurich).
X -4 Carlyle Future Foundation and related subsidiaries are recruited as consultants in various economically troubled nations. With agricultural and financial investments from CFF, the Greek government enacts legislation which effectively privatized (under Carlyle management) the Greek economy. Within 6 months, Portugal follows suit. Despite concern from the U.N. and many world governments, Greek and Portuguese economies show signs of stabilization.
X -3 Hoping to benefit from CFF investment, several nations and nation-states throughout Africa and Central America seek economic assistance. CFF begins widespread relief programs.
X -3 Carlyle and Bittner-SBC engage in armed conflict (through military proxies) in Indonesia. SABR Solutions, Inc., retained by CFF, defeat government forces backed by Bittner-SBC.
X -1 The downturn of the Chinese economy causes panic in global markets. In response, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other global financial organizations (both public and private) grant unprecedented controls to numerous independent firms, including Carlyle, Inamura, Bittner-SBC, Morray, Hock and D’Souza holdings.
X -1 Unrest across Asia and Europe, accompanied by protests throughout North and South America, follows market declines and continued devaluation of currency in the face of record inflation. These incidences turn violent when Roman Bittner is recorded using the word “waste” to describe those suffering financial “inconvenience.” Social media, used in the face of corporate news blackout, reports facts as well as wildly inaccurate rumors. “Waste” becomes a rallying cry to the disenfranchised, who turn out to protest in record numbers.
Widespread rioting occurs in Paris, Hamburg, London, Odessa, Sao Paolo, Caracas, Montreal, Toronto, Portland OR, New York, and other cities. These riots last for weeks in some instances. Final death toll is estimated at 3.9 million globally. Due to the widespread nature of the uprising, a damage assessment will not be presented for another four years.
Year X The heads of the sixteen most financially powerful Families from around the globe gather in Macao to establish rules which will solidify their holdings and help avoid “unfortunate overlap” like the brief conflict in Indonesia. These negotiations result in the “Macao Accords,” effectively marking the end of government control.
The 16 Families declare Year X to “commemorate our world’s fresh start, and to put the ghosts of failed government in the past.”
Year X Malcolm Carlyle relocates his family, in secret, to a private estate on the Puget Sound, nicknamed “The Center” by CFF upper management.
Year X Malcolm Carlyle forms limited partnership with Jakob Hock, re-energizing the long-believed dormant CFF project, “The Longevity Group.” CFF advances in stem and iPS cell therapies combine with Hock’s bleeding-edge pharmaceuticals to produce immediate healthcare benefits within only a few months.
Before the end of the year, Malcolm Carlyle establishes a “special initiative” headed by Doctor James Mann, called “Project: Lazarus.”