It seems like Dark Horse is looking to make 2014 the year of the video game comic as it has just been announced that Gail Simone will be writing a Lara Craft series starting early 2014. Learn what Gail has said about the series after the jump.
Gail Simone will be on the Dark Horse Art of Video Games panel today at 4:00 pm where she will surely speak more about the coming comic adaptation, but she has already given an interview about the series and gives details about what to expect.
Gail was asked by Kotaku’s Evan Narcisse about how the darker tone of the recent Tomb Raider game will affect the comic series and she had this to say:
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.
The storytelling in the game hooked me instantly. The biggest difference is, the game told a claustrophobic story in an isolated setting. We are going globetrotting.
Gail also wants to let everyone know that the series will take place inside the Tomb Raider continuity and lead directly into the video game sequel.
…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.
Gail has also been in talks with Tomb Raider creator Rhianna Pratchett and had only great things to say about their relationship and collaboration.
…the writing in theTomb Raider game is so natural and believable and convincing, you really feel Lara’s pain and struggle. A lot of that is pure Rhianna.
I loved her work so much I have asked her to participate with me on a comics mini-series, Legends of Red Sonja. She’s been an invaluable and remarkably generous ally in this. And her writing has a message of commitment and integrity to the characters.
Look for Tomb Raider to be on your local comic chops shelves on February 26, 2014.