You may remember Lara Croft from her 90s video game series or you may remember her from the two action-thrillers starring Angelina Jolie, or maybe from the highly successful Tomb Raider (2013) game that re-launched the heroine.
Either way, Lara Croft is a classic video game heroine that has recently been starring in her own comic book series from Dark Horse Comics. Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen is a new mini-series for the character and the story involves Croft trying to stop an evil group of cultists from causing worldwide cataclysmic devastation. She is after an ancient artifact that holds the key to the mystery. Sounds pretty exciting!
On the whole this first issue is good. Lara Croft has always strayed into the supernatural, functioning as a more fantastical Indiana Jones. This story is no different, with the tale mixing mystery, danger and acting into a pleasing blend that readers will enjoy. While the narrative includes fantasy and sci-fi elements, it does its best not to get away from the modern action adventure setting.
Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen is written by Corinna Bechko (Deep Gravity, Star Wars: Legacy), who has worked for Marvel, DC, Boom! Studios and many other companies; so calling her a veteran is an understatement. Bechko does a good job keeping Lara Croft close to her roots as an adventurer and all-around badass, while at the same time incorporating new and familiar elements to the story.
Comic book authors are often faced with the difficulty of trying to tell a story while at the same time making sure the dialogue and action taking place in the frame fit together and don’t feel out of touch. How Bechko’s writing incorporates into the story is very well done, her Croft is snarky and witty and the dialogue feels as if straight from either the games or films. Bechko keeps the talking even so that it’s not too heavy during action-packed scenes, but know when to offer exposition or explanation when needed.
The art team for Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen did a fine job on this comic; I really enjoyed the work of colorist Michael Atiyeh. He was able to make the comic pop without it being too over the top. Readers are drawn into the frames and are never overwhelmed by the color of scenes. The penciller, Randy Green also did an excellent job rendering the characters and environments of the story. Much of the criticism given to Lara Croft is that she is portrayed in a sexist light, as she is often shown with an exaggerated form of the female body. Green draws Croft in such a way that she looks more realistic, staying away from the classic and more sexist designs of the past, but his Lara is still attractive, almost like a model.
Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1 is a well done comic. It has excellent artwork and the writing is exciting with a good flow. This is a comic that introduces the character of Lara Croft skillfully, and even a brand new fans will have no difficulty jumping into the story.