No Big Deal… Just Lara Going Full Tomb Raider Status
I’m willing to admit, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not Dark Horse was going to be able to take on this project successfully. Lara Croft is now a household name having movies, video games, and even an officially sponsored backpack, all with her likeness or touch added to it. How in the world was Dark Horse going to put a unique spin on the Tomb Raider franchise?
The story starts hard and fast. Lara is deep in a cavern, searching about for something that the audience isn’t quite filled in on. As you see her standing there in the darkness listening, we are shot back a week before hand, where Croft is attending a archaeological conference… in heels. Professor Robert Demur is one of the key speakers at the conference, a man knowledgeable in his field, but not so much in the world of jokes (cough, cough, overplayed).
Could Literally Hear Lara Croft Saying This. Made Me Laugh Way Too Hard.
She leaves half way through the lecture to go meet up with her friend, Joslin, to do a little sparring. Through Joslin, Croft is introduced to Dana, a pure-blooded badass… WHO IS GOING BLIND! Blind, I say! This was one of the coolest characters in a story I have ever seen. Dana has no superpowers, no real edge over anyone else, except pure will and determination, which makes you fall in love with this character even more. What do you do with two strong, hard nosed characters meeting for the first time? You do an epic combat sequence, obviously!
Sneak Peak at the Awesomeness That is the Fight Scene Between Lara and Dana.
Croft begins taking the teachings of Dana, and using them to hone her skills, starting her down the path towards becoming the Tomb Raider we all know and love. And after Prof. Demur’s assistant dies in Croft’s apartment building, she gets dragged into going on one of her infamous treasure hunting sprees.
I have no idea how Mariko Tamaki was able to shove as much storyline into this comic as he did, but it is filled to the brim. The pacing can be a bit fast at times trying to get through all the story, but I wouldn’t want anything less out of a Tomb Raider comic. The illustrators did a fantastic job, capturing each frame with high quality visuals. There is also this dual nature to the way the comic is illustrated. When Croft is in civilian mode things are brighter and cheery; when she is in Tomb Raider mode, things get dark, gritty, and slowed down.
If I could have one complaint about this comic, it’s that a very minute portion of the dialogue seems a bit cliché, especially anything that come out of Prof. Demur’s mouth.
Before I started reading this, I had two sets of standards that I was going to judge this comic by. One, was relatively low. I could totally see this being a train wreck from the start. The other set was what I knew a comic themed around Lara Croft could be. I am immensely proud to say that my expectations were exceeded on both counts. This is a fine addition to the Tomb Raider canon, and a superb tribute to an iconic character.