Tomb Raider: The Beginning

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The Beginning
Dark Horse
Release Date March 5th 2013
Writer Rhianna Pratchett
Pencil Nicolás Daniel Selma (p. 5-28)

Andrea Mutti (p. 29-52)

Ink Juan Gedeon (p. 5-28)

Pierluigi Baldassini (p. 29-52)

Colors Michael Atiyeh
Letters Michael Heisler

Tomb Raider: The Beginning is a single comic issue, coming out alongside the Tomb Raider (2013) game, released March 5th and published by Dark Horse. The comic is a prequel to the reboot game, introducing the characters and the background story to the expedition aboard the Endurance.

It precedes the new comic series Tomb Raider in which Dark Horse follows the newly established storyline.

Cover art and design of the comic are by Brian Horton.

A digital copy of this comic can be found in the game. From the main menu, choose Extras, then Comic Book, to find it.

In this prelude to the exciting new entry in the Tomb Raider video game saga, lead game writer Rhianna Pratchett reveals the untold story behind Lara Croft's earliest adventure.

Join Lara and the crew of the Endurance as they prepare for a thrilling journey to uncover the lost kingdom of Yamatai.

For over fifteen years, the Tomb Raider adventures have been some of the most enduring and popular in the world of video games. Now, Lara Croft's bold new reimagining is further explored by some of comics' most talented creators in this exclusive volume.
Tomb Raider: The Beginning[1]


A 48-page, six-part hardcover omnibus, Tomb Raider: The Beginning follows the story of how the crew came together for The Endurance's fateful mission to discover the lost Japanese kingdom of Yamatai. Originally intended to feature as the latest installment of Dr. James Whitman's successful archaeology show, Whitman's World, the show-biz archaeologist gets more than he bargained for when he enlists the help of Captain Conrad Roth. As Roth's unique and eccentric crew gradually come together and share their stories and secrets, the expedition faces unexpected threats before it's even begun.
Official Description




The publication plans of Tomb Raider: The Beginning comic were announced on January 31st 2013 on both the Official Tomb Raider Blog[2] and the Dark Horse website[3]. On the same day a four-page preview of the comic was published on[4]

Global brand director Karl Stewart stated the following about the comic and the co-operation between Crystal Dynamics and Dark Horse:

Lara Croft is an icon across all forms of media, including comic books. The team at Crystal Dynamics has worked closely with Dark Horse on 'The Beginning' to bring the relatable, re-imagined Lara Croft back to the comic book world.
Karl Stewart in the Dark Horse announcement

Dark Horse gave the following statement on the partnership:

The bold new vision of the game demanded we bring an equally fresh approach to the comics. We're excited for Tomb Raider fans to experience a new side of Lara Croft as they accompany her on the earliest parts of her first adventure.
Dave Marshall, editor at Dark Horse

Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer of the Tomb Raider (2013) game and also the writer of the comic, said the following about writing the story:

Whilst penning Lara’s origins story for the game I had lots of ideas about the world she and the other characters inhabited, and the story behind their voyage: as great to be able to flesh out the world of Tomb Raider and work with the talented team at Dark Horse to bring Lara Croft back to comics.
Rhianna Pratchett on both the Dark Horse announcement and the official Tomb Raider Blog

External Links


  1. Description on the comic's backcover
  2. Official Tomb Raider Blog: Crystal Dynamics & Dark Horse Bring Lara Croft Back To Comics (January 31st 2013)
  3. Dark Crystal Dynamics and Dark Horse bring Lara Croft back to comics Dark Horse's announcement. (January 31st 2013)
  4. Preview of the Tomb Raider: The Beginning Comic (January 31st 2013)