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Preview of Rhianna Pratchett’s New Tomb Raider Comic Story Arc

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.

Cover art for Tomb Raider #13

Cover art for Tomb Raider #13
(Image credit: Dark Horse Comics)

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!

Update: You can now pre-order Tomb Raider Volume 3: The Serpent Queen (which consists of issues 13 through 18) over on Amazon and Amazon UK.  

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2 Comments on Preview of Rhianna Pratchett’s New Tomb Raider Comic Story Arc

  1. Will Laura get the top off her latte? Will Sam help? Will it be angsty?

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  2. The only problem I see with using the comics to bridge the games is unless you’re massive fan of the series, you won’t go for the comics (and considering the storylines presented so far, even the fans struggle to keep with it) and so miss out on potentially a lot of the backstory leading to Rise. They will have to include a flashback of sorts in the game to explain, or a voice over. “After Yamata, I spent the next year rescuing my friends…again…”

    Now that I think about it, with the whole “Lara is traumatised” deal, I get the impression the game will be told in Flashback form. It’ll be Lara with the Therapist telling the story of what traumatised her. In other words, the comics themselves won’t explain that, but the game itself will be about what happened to leave her in that state.
    Therapist: “Talk to me Lara, what did you see?”
    Lara: “Boxes…hundreds of boxes and cubes and square stones and…and…and I just kept pushing them, over and over. It was awful!” *cries*

    At least that’s what original Lara would be traumatised about.

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