Ah, Tomb Raider. We pick up in issue 8 in a not so surprising Lara Croft situation; kidnapped, riding in a van for a few hours, then into a cell, then getting punched by some guy. The kidnappers are looking for information on Lara's friend, Sam, but she isn't giving up any information. Sam, for those that played the 2014 game, was found to be some kind of reincarnation/ancestor of an ancient sun god, and it seems one of Lara's kidnappers did experiment on Sam. One kidnapper explains that Lara freed Sam, thus ruining his experiment, but not before Lara herself got captured. Lara escapes onto the roof, finding herself in some rundown factory type setting. She begins to flee, as different platforms and pieces of roofing fall apart. This draws the attention of the men below, who start shooting. After a very action packed scene, Lara escapes the compound. Lara makes her way to a local restaurant and calls Jonah, a friend of both Lara's and Sams. She tells Jonah that Sam is gone, and convinces him to come meet up and try to find Sam. The bad guys, known as Trinity, are none too happy that the two girls got away, and are planning to get them back.
This issue was good but felt VERY short. 24 pages seemed to leave me at an odd cliffhanger, but the 24 pages was a fun read. I'm a big fan of the games, so it's nice to see that the artist and writer on this book were able to transfer all the action and plot from the games into a medium like a comic book without losing a lot of momentum. Art was good, realistic enough and nice looking details. Art was also very consistent throughout the book, not even a random wonky eye or strange arm, which is always nice. I will say that a huge part of what drew me to this book was the cover, I really enjoyed the art by Tula Lotay.
The story and dialogue is all good. I will admit that I'm not at all current on this book, but this book has made me more motivated to go back and read what came before. I'll say that even if I wasn't a fan of the games, this book is fun and exciting enough for me to be interested in. It's nothing groundbreaking, but a good adventure book with a brave heroine is always fun to me.
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Tomb Raider #8 Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: Phillip Sevy Colorist: Michael Atiyeh Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital