Tomb Raider #1

Tomb Raider #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Nicolas Daniel Selma Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 3
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Superstar writer Gail Simone picks up Lara Croft’s story where the smash hit Tomb Raider game left off—in a new ongoing comics series!

Following the game acclaimed for its bold and sophisticated new vision, this series launches Lara Croft on the formative adventures that will change her life forever!

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - Raisa Apr 2, 2014

    In the end, this comic totally accomplished its goal, which I would assume would be to promote the game. I say well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez Feb 27, 2014

    The cover art is really good: the position, the arch, the wounds, the background with bones. Also the interior art is good, I was expecting more realistic but it actually went well with the issue the colors are vibrant and for once she is not over-sexualized. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 27, 2014

    Tomb Raider #1 doesn't set the stage for a new era but it continues the current one with hearty ingredients. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 1, 2014

    Though I wasn't too thrilled by the art, I'm definitely going to see this adventure through to the end. The story has me intrigued and the action was cool enough to warrant another visit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Mar 4, 2014

    I enjoyed the previous series from Top Cow, but this series from Dark Horse is the "new" Lara Croft, revised for a more realistic idea of a female explorer. Gail Simone is a great writer of strong female characters and seems very suited to tell us this tale of mystery, magic, and adventure. What will Lara Croft uncover next? Find out by running out and picking up the new Tomb Raider series from Dark Horse Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Feb 26, 2014

    Tomb Raider #1 is a good start to the series.The story so far has a good dose of action and mystery. I figured that the writing would be good with Gail Simone at the helm. I'm not familiar with her work, but I've heard good things, all the same. Some familiar faces showed up in this issue, but there's only one we needed to see. I really enjoyed the artistic style. Nicolas Daniel Selma did a good job of capturing the new Lara's likeness.I definitely recommend this series to allTomb Raider fans. You won't need to have played the new game to enjoy this series, but if you're a big fan ofTomb Raider, I would think that you would have played that awesome game by now. You'll definitely enjoy it more and understand the plot and character context better if you have played the game. Still, it's not necessary. I have no idea where this comic series is going to take Lara, but I'm looking forward to finding out. I'm certain that it will be quite an adventure! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 26, 2014

    Tomb Raider #1 is a great example of video game comics done right. It's tough to do but after the success of Injustice, it's clear that putting a talented writer at the helm can make it a memorable series. Well written female characters have been tough to come by but in the last year or so we've been getting more and more. Add Lara Croft to that list. I'm excited to keep reading more and I might just go play the video games. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Feb 26, 2014

    Tomb Raider #1 is a very interesting and promising start filled with great action and gives a clear portrayal of the new Lara and her current mentality while leaving plenty of room for interesting character development. The heavy leaning towards the supernatural elements has the potential to really open up the series and put Lara in some unique situations. Playing the video game does help with this first issue to the extent that the relationships and experiences of the other characters are known but it's definitely not a requirement as enough is explained through Lara's recollections. And I'm looking forward to seeing how events unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Feb 28, 2014

    Overall, a good start for what will hopefully be a long-lived series! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Feb 24, 2014

    It is great to see Lara reacting to the events of the past in such a human way, this level of emotion will certainly draw the reader in as they get to know Lara not just as a piece of eye candy but as a person, a person with emotions and survivor's guilt. Issue 2 will definitely have some more tricks up its sleeve as this comic forms the prequel to the next Tomb Raider video game. This is a great opening issue and a must have for fans of the video game franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 28, 2014

    So this series is off to a start that fans of the game may enjoy, though it's taking its time setting up the story. Non-fans might find it a bit more of a challenge to catch on, but it's a promising beginning to the new adventures of young Lara. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 27, 2014

    Overall, the issue gives us a strong promise to the new series. Can't wait to see where the series is going to take us, and when the new game will be out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Feb 28, 2014

    Simone, Selma and Gedeon's "Tomb Raider" brings Lara Croft back to comics with a gripping, fast-paced new story. With a clear voice and style, this debut issue is both visually stunning and fun. Fans new and old will enjoy the latest chapter in Lara's story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 26, 2014

    I'll easily admit that Tomb Raider is a tough sell for me since it's never been a game I was enthused about and some of the interpretations over the years have been cringe inducing. Dark Horse is working off of the game here and the presentation works well in a fairly realistic way with some natural exaggerations to connect it to how the game mechanics work and what Lara is capable of. There's a good flow to it here and Gail Simone easily drops you into the story while making it clear there is one here and making aspects of it tangible so you can work with it. Paired with Nicolas Daniel Selma's pencils and Juan Gedeon's inks, as well as some strong color style design from Michael Atiyeh, there's a solid vibrancy and life to how the story flows here that makes it a good read, one that you can go back and find little bits to nibble on while wondering how they may figure into the bigger picture. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 26, 2014

    Though it may be unfair, it's hard not to compare the lush visual landscape of the game to Selma's art. Tomb Raider #1 is bright and sparsely detailed, a stark contrast to the dark, dense world of Yamatai. While it would have been nice to see more detail in the book's art (it feels relatively spartan), you can argue that the sunny palette is thematically relevant. This is Lara, post-Yamatai. She should be safe and healing. But alas, since nothing ever comes that easily, she's not given the chance to. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Feb 25, 2014

    You need to be a little familiar with the events of the game to get some of the emotional impact of this issue, and it is light on action, but a really great start to this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 28, 2014

    Overall, the comic is good, but didn't blow me away. I was hoping for some more excitement, but something was missing. The energy and excitement of the youthful Lara Croft is missing here. It's a tough adaptation, but we've seen others do something similar with the excitement. We'll see how the first arc goes, hopefully it kicks it up a notch over the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Feb 26, 2014

    The Tomb Raider reboot is a great game and now its a comic series with some potential. While the first issue isnt perfect, Gail Simone presents us with the same Lara we love from the game, with the possibility of some interesting character polishing. For anybody whos a fan of the game, this just might be the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Feb 26, 2014

    Tomb Raider #1 is merely okay. It's competent and gets the job done, but nothing really jumps out about it or is all that memorable (at least until the end somewhat). Also, the comic is also rather dependent on the fact that you have play the recent game and know most of the backstory. Perhaps it'll get better as time goes on, but at the moment, it's rather lackluster and forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Dec 31, 1969

    The new adventures of Lara Croft start with a whimper. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 3, 2014

    Those who have played the game are obviously going to have a heads-up on the rest of us as it appears we're only going to learn pieces of Lara's first adventure through flashbacks and the search for these artifacts (and return to the island?) rather than a straight comic adaptation of the game. For fans Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 24, 2014

    Overall, Tomb Raider feels like something that doesn't need to exist, and it's hard to think that even fans of the game would be interested in this" if only because it undoes a lot of Lara's development from the Tomb Raider game. The game ends with Lara supposedly in a place of strength, as the point was to explain her origin story, but here it feels very much like we've hit the reboot button on that character development and sent her back to the realms of fragility and vulnerability she spent an entire video game getting out of. Besides that, most of the issue feels severely padded-out, and the action is disappointingly short, with a new mystery that feels simplistic and not very attuned to providing interesting set pieces or plots. I'd give this issue a miss unless you're a hardcore Tomb Raider completionist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Feb 26, 2014

    While they may have had good intentions, Tomb Raider #1 lacks any substance to stand out in the crowd. It's not a complete failure, it's just not special, and nowadays isn't that worse? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 28, 2014

    Perhaps future issues will flesh everything out more, but it would take a lot of patience or a really enthusiastic devotion to the property to stick with this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Richard Zom Mar 4, 2014

    I simply lost interest. Here's to hoping the script picks up a little too, because I'm all for catching Lara in any action we can get. Pretty hollow. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Feb 26, 2014

    I'm not sure how much creative freedom Simone was given to expand upon Lara's character, but it sure feels like a situation where the writer is forced to work within the strict confines of what the IP owner has in store for the character. The issue is just generic and bland with no real selling point other than it takes place after the game. The only people I'd feel even halfway comfortable recommending this to are die-hard fans of the game who need to see what happens next by any means possible. I'm not a fan of being overly negative, as I know that people work hard to entertain us each and every month, but outside of the promising first few pages, and Jonah's character there's not much to be positive about. It's sad that a comic with so much crossover potential, with what sounded like the perfect writer for the project, could be so disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    fivexfive Feb 27, 2014

    I don't think it's as bad as everyone seems to be rating it. It's not a great jumping on point for people that haven't played the game, but I think there are some quality, compassionate Lara moments that define the character. I think the next few issues will really make all the difference, as this is no #1 that makes a huge splash. But, knowing how Simone rights, I expect a nice, slow build. Art was not great...very simplistic and I don't think it really captures Lara nearly as well as the game did. Overall, not too bad at all. Worth a shot for fans.

  • 7.0
    Stallonelythelonely Mar 7, 2014

    Decent enough issue, felt a bit short. Recommend to any fan of the latest game. Hoping the next issue picks up the pace.

  • 7.0
    azyless Feb 27, 2014

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