Listed as one of the 15 things Tomb Raider fans can look forward to in 2015, the Tomb Raider comics’ next story arc kicks off on 25th February 2015 and will be written by critically-acclaimed game writer Rhianna Pratchett.
Rhianna Pratchett is obviously no stranger to the Tomb Raider franchise. Not only was she the lead writer of Tomb Raider 2013, she also wrote the 6-part omnibus Tomb Raider: The Beginning (which served as a pre-order incentive and prequel to the game) as well as co-wrote Tomb Raider issues 7 through 12 with Gail Simone.
Issue 13 will mark the start of a new story arc that will lead into the upcoming game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and is billed as a “great starting point for new readers”. So if you’ve been avoiding the comics till now but want to see how they will tie in with the events of Rise, now’s the time to take the plunge.
Synopsis: Lara’s quiet life working at the British Museum is shattered as she finds herself drawn into a dangerous game with her friend’s life at stake—a friend who was thought to be already dead! (Source: Dark Horse Comics)
Release date: 25th February 2015.
Little is known about the upcoming comic story arc but it will see Lara and her friends leave London and travel to Central America to rescue a friend from a mysterious organization (Trinity?). One of the questions on my mind is will something happen in these comics that will prompt Lara to distance herself from Sam and her other friends? Is there an as-yet-unknown reason for Lara’s gloomy and agitated state in the Rise teaser trailer (a death of a close friend, perhaps?) or is she simply trying to come to terms with what happened on Yamatai?
I guess we will find out over the course of the next few months. In the meantime, feel free to check out the 6-page preview of Tomb Raider #13 over on Comic Book Resources!