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Tomb Raider comic ‘will lead directly into game sequel'

The story of Crystal Dynamics' well-received 2013 Tomb Raider reboot will continue next year in a new Dark Horse comic which "will lead directly” into a game sequel. That’s according to veteran comic writer Gail Simone, who’s following up her well-received work on the likes of Wonder Woman, Deadpool and Batgirl by turning her attention to Lara Croft.

Simone told Kotaku: "We start just a few weeks after the end of the game, and this is all in continuity, it will be Tomb Raider canon, and lead directly into the sequel. This is what got me excited; we get to be part of Lara Croft history… The biggest difference is, the game told a claustrophobic story in an isolated setting. We are going globetrotting.”

The writer went on to say of the comic, which was announced at San Diego Comic-Con and is set for release in February 2014: “I chose to do this series solely because I loved the game so much, so we're definitely keeping the tone of the game. I've always loved the classic, cool Lara Croft, but this feels like her origin story, like we're seeing her before she becomes the icon, and it's very compelling to me. The storytelling in the game hooked me instantly.”

While we’re thrilled by the idea of stepping back into Lara’s shoes in a sequel to this year’s game, Square Enix has yet to officially announce one. In fact, despite releasing to widespread critical acclaim, the Japanese publisher said in March that Tomb Raider was one of multiple major console releases that had failed to meet sales targets.

“Lara Croft's latest adventure is easily her best,” we said in our Tomb Raider review, concluding: “Lara Croft, the old Lara Croft, is dead. In place of a dolled-up gunslinger is a do-what-it-takes survivor--and we hope she hasn't had her fill of adventuring just yet.” To get the most out of the game, be sure to check out our Tomb Raider challenges guide and our Tomb Raider map locations guide.

8 comments

  • EmilyTheBaws - September 15, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    While I am super excited about getting my hands on these comics, I have to disagree with the concluding paragraph of this post. The line "Lara Croft, the old Lara Croft, is dead" is silly. The game was released as a prequel, to tell the story of how Lara Croft BECAME Lara Croft. She hasn't been replaced with "a dolled-up gunslinger", this game tells the story of her becoming a "do-what-it-takes survivor". Brilliant game though. Absolutely amazing
  • EmilyTheBaws - August 6, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    As much as I am a fan of this site, I must disagree with the line starting "“Lara Croft, the old Lara Croft, is dead". While this is her 'best adventure yet', she has not been replaced by a 'dolled-up gunslinger'. This game, as brilliant as it was, is designed to act as a defining prequel. This is how Lara Croft BECAME Lara Croft. We don't 'hope she hasn't had her fill of adventuring' after the newest release, because this is only the beginning! This being said, Tomb Raider was a brilliant release last year. I'll be reading the comics as I wait for the sequel!
  • Swedish_Chef - July 24, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    The story shall explore Lara's quest to explore lands forgotten by time in an attempt to find ancient treasure so that she can afford to buy breast implants.
  • obviouslyadouche - July 24, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Gail Simone's a great writer, excited to see what she does with Tomb Raider.
  • GameHuddle - July 24, 2013 7 a.m.

    A sequel is definitely a good idea. The new Tomb Raider was everything you want in a Tomb Raider game. This idea of having a comic series will only help by building anticipation for the next installment in this amazing series.
  • Child Of Death - July 24, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Oh but I thought Tomb Raider sales were a disapointment to $quare Enix? After all, a game that only sales around 4 million copies is obviously a failure.
  • SpadesSlick - July 24, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    The new Tomb Raider will sell 6 million copies... only for square to be disappointed that it didn't sell 9. Crystal Dynamics will then be stuck forever making tablet games for IOS.

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