As you all know, it's Top Five Day here on The Outhouse, a celebration of the Top Five list, the purest purest form of journalistic expression. As a result, when Dark Horse sent us a preview of Tomb Raider #1, a new comic based on the hit video game series starring Lara Croft, we were stuck with a bit of dilemma. You see, Dark Horse sent us six preview pages, along with a cover. How could we make that into a Top Five list? Simple! We just won't show you one of the pages, and instead present you with:
The Top Five Preview Pages from Tomb Raider #1
5. Page One
This is the first page of the preview, and features heroine Lara Croft, looking a little beat up and covered and mud, saying to herself: "They're coming." It's a fine a first page in a preview as we've ever seen, and deserving of a spot on this list.
4. Page Two
In page two of the preview, someone hidden in some shrubbery fires a machine gun at Lara. Notice the classic comic book machine gun sound effects: BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA. For this alone, the page would easily earn a spot on our list, but the letterer goes the extra mile on this page, illustrating bullets striking some crates Lara is using for cover with CHOK CHOK CHUK, followed by bullets ripping into the ground at Lara's feet: CHUFT CHUFT CHUFT. For this masterful use of sound effects, Page Two comes in at number four in our Top Five Preview Pages from Tomb Raider #1!
3. Page Three
Page three is a departure from the previous pages, which used the traditional splash page and widescreen panels layouts, respectively. Page three uses three tall panels, staggered on the white space of the page, to depict Lara jumping over a waterfall. Notice the three different perspectives on the jump, showing off the penciling prowess of Nicolás Daniel Selma. If Lara had landed in a barrel before going over the falls, we'd probably have ranked it higher on the list, but as it is, it's good enough to land the number three spot.
2. Page Four
The fourth page of the preview is packed with action. Lara lands on a plane that must have conveniently crashed into the waterfall. She loses her footing and almost falls to her doom, but at the last second, manages to grab onto the wing with her pickaxe. The sound effects return here, with a RRRRRRRRKKK signaling the creaking of the plane as it settles under Lara's weight, and a satisfying CHOKKK punctuating Lara's last minute pickaxe save.
5. Page Five
Page five is where the action really picks up, which is why we put this one in the number one spot. Conrad Roth is on the wing of the plane, reaching out a hand to Lara. Roth was an older treasure hunter and mentor to Lara in he 2013 Tomb Raider video game, but he died saving her life. Lara doesn't believe this could really be Roth. Shock! Drama! A dude who's on fire! Clearly this page tops the list.
We hope you enjoyed this list, and we're sorry it wasn't a top six so we could have shown you all the pages. The last one is pretty cool, to be honest. Here's the vitals on the book, which will be in stores February 26th:
Writer: Gail Simone
Penciller: Nicolás Daniel Selma
Inker: Juan Gedeon
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Dan Dos Santos
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!
* The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!
* The 2013video game sold over 3.5 million copies!
“Tomb Raider is the quintessential example of a reboot done right.”—Gaming Trend
Oh, fuck it. As a bonus, here's the sixth page and the cover:
0. Page 6
See? He's not Roth. Lara plants her ax right in his head, but Roth is undeterred. These guys are unkillable, and they want Lara Croft to stay with them. Gail Simone looks like she's having fun writing this one. I wonder if she is. Maybe I'll ask her. Gail totally talks to us sometimes. She's the best! The art looks damn good too. This looks like a good series to check out if you want to get in on some other licensed comics before Marvel screws up Star Wars when they take it back from Dark Horse next year. It's best to be prepared, so try out Tomb Raider #1, in stores next month.