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The Tomb Raider comic book series are based on the character of Lara Croft, from the games produced by Eidos Interactive and (at the time) Core Design.

Publication historyEdit

The series, which ran from 1999 to 2005 (in which the fiftieth and final issue was released), consisted of monthly issues published by Top Cow Productions, who secured the rights to producing comics after a long struggle. Preceding this series, French publisher Glenat got the green light from Eidos France to produce a comic series called Dark Eons based on the Tomb Raider games, which was taken off the market shortly after. Besides the monthly series, a parallel 12-part series called Journeys, which ran from 2001 to 2003, was also published.

The comics are primarily based on the same continuity as the games by Core Design, in which Lara's plane crashes when she is twenty-one years old (rather than the latter games by Crystal Dynamics, the plane crash happening when she was only nine years old), but the exact details are changed. In the comic, Lara is accompanied by both her parents and her fiancé, the plane trip taken to celebrate her impending marriage (in the game series, Lara plane is chartered to take on a skiing holiday). Writers Dan Jurgens, John Nay Riber, and James Bonny worked on the series, which also featured the art of Andy Park, Michael Turner, Billy Tan, and Adam Hughes, amongst others.

There are one shots occasionally released and talk of the comic being reintroduced to tie-in to the Tomb Raider: Legend edited continuity. There have also been frequent crossovers with other Top Cow publications such as Fathom, The Darkness, Magdalena, and Witchblade. The debut issue of Tomb Raider was the number one-selling comic book of 1999.

In late 2006, Top Cow released the Tomb Raider Compendium. This was a large, single volume, collected edition of the Tomb Raider comic series; a hardcover version followed in 2008. The book encompasses all 50 issues (well over 1000 pages), as well as a cover gallery featuring select covers, most of them done by Adam Hughes. It is a full-size, full-color reproduction of all fifty issues on high-quality paper. This collection, however, does not include the various specials, minis, and one-shots from the series. This would probably explain why the compendium has "Volume One" written on the side.

Bandai Entertainment also published a "tankōbon" set of volumes, which reprints older stories in black-and-white in a smaller book.[1]

Tomb Raider comics were announced to return in late 2007;[2] however, it has been delayed due to licensing issues.[3]

PublicationsEdit

Collected editionsEdit

Lara Croft's appearances have been collected into a number of trade paperbacks. Her own comic series was originally named starring Lara Croft as the Tomb Raider (#1-24), and then Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (#25-50) in 2002 due to the release of the movie of the same name in 2001.

  • Tomb Raider/Witchblade: Trouble Seekers (80 pages, December 2002, ISBN 1-58240-279-5) collects:
    • Tomb Raider/Witchblade (December 1997; by writer and penciler Michael Turner, inks by Joe Weems V, colors by J.D. Smith)
    • Witchblade/Tomb Raider (December 1998; writen by Michael Turner and Bill O'Neil, pencils by Michael Turner, inks by Joe Weems V, colors by J.D. Smith)
    • Witchblade/Tomb Raider half-issue (July 2000; written by Michael Turner and Bill O'Neil, pencils by Ken Cha, inks by Andy Owens, colors by Matt Nelson)
  • Tomb Raider: Saga of the Medusa Mask (112 pages, January 2001, ISBN 1-58240-164-0) collects:
    • #1-4 "The Medusa Mask (Parts 1-4)" (December 1999 - June 2000; written by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Andy Park, inks by Jon Sibal, colors by J.D. Smith)
  • Tomb Raider: Mystic Artifacts (136 pages, May 2001, ISBN 1-58240-202-7) collects:
    • #5-6 "Ancient Futures (Parts 1-2)" (June-July 2000) and #8-10 "Dead Center (Parts 1-3)" (September 2000 - January 2001; both story arcs written by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Andy Park, inks by Jon Sibal, colors by J.D. Smith)
  • Tomb Raider: Chasing Shangri La (128 pages, September 2002, ISBN 1-58240-267-1) collects:
    • #11-12 "Shangri-La (Parts 1-2)" (March-April 2001; written by Dan Jurgens, art by Billy Tan, colors by J.D. Smith), #13-14 "Jungle of Honduras (Parts 1-2)" (May-July 2001; written by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Andy Park, inks by Jon Sibal, colors by J.D. Smith), and #15 "Without Limit" (September 2001; written by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Francis Manapul, inks by John Livesay, colors by J.D. Smith)
  • Tomb Raider: Pieces of Zero (96 pages, August 2003, ISBN 1-84023-402-4, Titan Books UK release only, not from Image Comics/Top Cow) collects:
    • #16-17 and #19-20 "Pieces of Zero (Parts 1-4)" (September 2001 - April 2002; written by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Andy Park, inks by Jon Sibal, colors by J.D. Smith)
  • The Lara Croft, Tomb Raider Compendium (1248 pages; TPB: December 2006, ISBN 1-58240-637-5; Hardcover: February 2008, ISBN 1-58240-803-3) collects #1-50, the soft-cover edition including The Tomb Raider Gallery (originally published December 2000)
  • The Darkness and Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (April 2005) collects:
    • Tomb Raider/The Darkness Special (April 2001; written by David Wohl, art by Billy Tan, colors by Steve Firchow)
    • The Darkness: Prelude (January 2003; written by Paul Jenkins, art by Jae Lee, colors by Jose Villarubia)
  • Witchblade and Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (April 2005) collects:
    • Witchblade: Demon (October 2003; written by Mark Millar, art by Jae Lee, colors by June Chung)
    • Tomb Raider: Scarface’s Treasure (2003; written by Geoff Johns, art by Mark Texeira, colors by Beth Sotelo)

Limited seriesEdit

  • Tomb Raider, starring Lara Croft: Journeys (12-issue limited series, 2001-2003; written by Fiona Kai Avery; pencils by Drew Johnson, Gerardo Sandoval, Drew Green, Carlos Mota, Manny Clark, and Mun Kao Tan; inks by Jay Leisten and Marlo Alquiza; colors by J.D. Smith, Tyson Wengler, and Brian Buccelato)

One-shotsEdit

  • Tomb Raider: Origins (by writer Dan Jurgens; pencils by Mark Pajarillo; inks by Danny Miki; 2000)
  • Tomb Raider: The Greatest Treasure of All (by writer Dan Jurgens; art by Joe Jusko; 2002)
  • Tomb Raider: Epiphany (by writer Dan Jurgens; pencils by Darryl Banks; inks by Al Vey; 2003)
  • Tomb Raider: Takeover (by writer James Bonny; pencils by Scott Benefiel; inks by Jasen Rodriguez; January 2004)
  • Tomb Raider: Arabian Nights (by writer Fiona Kai Avery; art by Billy Tan; August 2004)
  • Tomb Raider: Cover Gallery (featuring art of: Marc Silvestri, Adam Hughes, Michael Turner and more; April 2006)

CrossoversEdit

  • Fathom #12-14: "Resurrection of Taras" (by writer Bill O'Neil and writer and penciller Michael Turner; additional pencils by Talent Caldwell; inks by Jonathan Sibal, Joe Weems V; 2000)
  • Monster War #2: "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider vs. the Wolf-Men" (by writers Christopher Golden and Tom E. Sniegoski; pencils by Joyce Chin; Top Cow/Dynamite Entertainment, July 2005)
  • Witchblade/Magdalena/Tomb Raider/Vampirella (by writers Kevin McCarthy and Gail Simone; art by Joyce Chin; August 2005)

TankōbonEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bandai to Publish Top Cow Titles in Manga Format (press release). Newsarama (February 14, 2006).
  2. Tomb Raider Comics Back in Q3 2007!. Tomb Raider Comics (February 5, 2007).
  3. New Tomb Raider Comics Series Delayed. Tomb Raider Comics (October 20, 2007).

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