In a recent feature, we here at USgamer wondered if the newly-revamped Lara Croft could still plunder some tombs in this day and age, or if the series had left its best days behind it. As if in answer to our question, Dark Horse Comics is publishing a new comic series that ties in Crystal Dynamics' reboot, under the pen of fan-favorite writer Gail Simone. Kotaku talked briefly with Simone, who said the comic will flow directly into the next, unnannounced Tomb Raider game.
"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," said Simone. "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."
While Tomb Raider took place on a single, desolate island, the comic will take Lara around the world.
"The biggest difference is, the game told a claustrophobic story in an isolated setting. We are going globetrotting," said Simone. "The way I see Lara now is, she’s not after treasure. She’s not really after thrills. She’s a questioner, she’s an explorer. She wants answers. The thing is, she’s completely unstoppable. That’s what I love. Everyone underestimates her, and that is a terrible mistake to make."
Simone has been in contact with Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett, who also penned Dark Horse's Tomb Raider: The Beginning prequel comic.
Tomb Raider isn't the only game-related comic series currently being published at Dark Horse. The company has also published or will be publishing comics based on Halo, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, The Last of Us, and EVE Online.