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In just a few short months, Square Enix will be releasing the rebooted version of the famed Tomb Raider series, which will focus on a younger and more inexperience Lara Croft. Along with the video game, Tomb Raider will also be getting a reboot in comic book form. Top Cow originally ran a Tomb Raider comic from 1999 to 2005, but now Dark Horse has plans to launch a new ongoing, as well as a 48 page prequel story known as “The Beginning.”

According to Dark Horse, “The Beginning” will show how Lara Croft got into raiding tombs in the first place:

“Tomb Raider: The Beginning follows the story of how the crew came together for The Endurance’s fateful mission to discover the lost Japanese kingdom of Yamatai. Originally intended to feature as the latest installment of Dr. James Whitman’s successful archaeology show, Whitman’s World, the show-biz archaeologist gets more than he bargained for when he enlists the help of Captain Conrad Roth. As Roth’s unique and eccentric crew gradually come together and share their stories and secrets, the expedition faces unexpected threats before it’s even begun.”

Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall is especially excited for “The Beginning” as well as the upcoming ongoing series:

“The bold new vision of the game demanded we bring an equally fresh approach to the comics. We’re excited for Tomb Raider fans to experience a new side of Lara Croft as they accompany her on the earliest parts of her first adventure.”

The game’s writer Rhianna Pratchett (Mirrors Edge), who’s also handling “The Beginning,” was also excited at the idea of writing a Tomb Raider prequel.

“Whilst penning Lara’s origins story for the game I had lots of ideas about the world she and the other characters inhabited, and the story behind their voyage: as great to be able to flesh out the world of Tomb Raider and work with the talented team at Dark Horse to bring Lara Croft back to comics.”

A release date for the ongoing and “The Beginning” hasn’t been revealed yet, but those who pre-order the game from Best Buy will get their hands on the comic first.

What are your thoughts on the comic? Tomb Raider as a whole? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

3 Responses

  1. James

    Oddly enough its tomb raider comics that led to my eventual discovery of comics as my main source of entertainment.

    My granddad was always solving puzzles and brain teasers so a relative got him a PS1 with the first 2 Lara croft games. I got into art around that time and drew a lot of tomb raider sketches and that year at Saturnalia (my preferred seasonal holiday) my granddad got me the “Saga of the Medusa Mask” I adored it and read it till its pages fell out. years later I finally visited a comic shop and discovered witchblade and the darkness.

    So I suppose this is my hobby reaching an epoch. I also find it quite charming that now as I’ve matured the tomb raider franchise is doing the same – less juvenile cheesecake and more thoughtful story and design.

    • Travis McCollum

      That’s a really great story. I had a similar experience growing up but instead of Lara Croft it was Sonic the Hedgehog, though Lara has always been a big part of my life (one of the first PS1 games I ever played).

      I’m actually really happy with the direction the series has taken (big breasts and cheesecake replaced with Indiana Jones/Uncharted treasure hunting and exploring) and the fact that Dark Horse wants to not only create a prequel book but also an ongoing shows that they are behind this change 100%. Granted I haven’t read the book or the ongoing yet, but I’m excited to see how it turns out.

      Here’s hoping for the best.

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