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Tomb Raider Archives Volume 4

Tomb Raider Archives Volume 4 HC is a hard cover Tomb Raider comic collection encompassing issues #0 and #1/2 of the 1999 Tomb Raider series, Tomb Raider: Journeys issues #1 to #12, Origins, Epiphany, Takeover, Arabian Nights, and The Greatest Treasure of All which were previously released by Top Cow Comics between 1999 and 2004. It is released on 21 March 2018.

Tomb Raider #0 and #1/2

These two issues expand the story of the Tomb Raider Series by Top Cow.

Issue #0

Release Date: June 2001

Writer: Fiona Avery

Penciller: Brian Ching

Cover Artist: Brian Ching, Victor Llamas, and Jonathan D. Smith

Description:
Even Tomb Raiders need a break sometimes. But just when you thought it was safe to go to a quiet little fishing village, stay nestled in a highly recommended Bed & Breakfast ... think again. Hoping to find a little R&R, Lara Croft gets more than she bargained for: R&R in this coastal village could stand for Roman legions and Ragnarok! Fiona Avery has already wowed us with her work on No Honor, we gotta feeling she's gonna blow us away with this new Tomb Raider story with dynamic art by Brian Ching.

More Info:
Issue #0 was available as regular cover and as Dynamic Forces Exclusive (regular, gold foil, red foil and blue foil).
Story
Wanting to take a short break before heading out to Tibet on another adventure, Lara decides to take some time off in Kolvik, on the island of Gotland, Sweden. But, as always, adventure finds her there.
I'm here for the Golden Aquil, the last missing idol of the Roman legions.
Fun Facts
If Lara were to drive from Surrey to Gotland for some "quality quite time" she would have quite the journey to overcome. Her drive might take her through Brussels, Hamburg and Copenhagen, allowing her to see France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark on the way. Or as google says: "This route includes a ferry. This route has tolls. This route includes a car transport. This route crosses through multiple countries. Your destination is in a different time zone."

Issue #1/2

Release Date: October 2001

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Penciller: Michael Lope & Eric Basaldua

Cover Artist: Andy Park

Description:
Delving into Lara's origin, the Tomb Raider 1/2 issue is sure to please fans of the statuesque beauty. Questing for a legendary relic, Lara must stay alive long enough to make amends for an error from her past. Eloquently illustrated by the talents of Michael Lopez and Eric Basaldua and surrounded with a brand new cover by series artist Andy Park, this special half issue is sure to find its way into your heart.

More Info:
The cover is also available as Dynamic Forces Gold Foil Exclusive and in two Wizard World Exclusives.
Story
Lara is climbing an icy mountain region, hunting for a unique artefact, King Arthur's crown, a present intended for her former teacher Mr. Bohannon.
There can't be more than fifteen people alive who have any idea this even exists.
In flashbacks we learn how Lara was well on her way to become the spoiled wife of a man called Roger, before their plane crashed in the Himalayan mountains and Lara was forced to become the survivor she is today and how finding a beautiful ornate chalice in the possession of a dead treasure hunter gave her a new purpose.
Fun Facts
In this issue Lara's fiancee, whom we know to have been the Earl of Farringdon from the classic games, is named Roger.

Tomb Raider: Journeys

Tomb Raider: Journeys is a 12-issue Tomb Raider story arc originally published by Top Cow. For more information on Journeys, please follow this link: Tomb Raider: Journeys.

Origins

Origins

Release Date: Summer 2000

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Penciller: Mark Pajarillo

Cover Artist: David Finch

More Info:
This issue is also available as variant cover. Internationally there is a German version of the comic limited to 600 pieces originally sold at comicwatch.nl; the cover shows a sketch drawing by Mark Pajarillo.
Story
Lara and her partner Chase Carver are hunting to the Lu Vinh statue in the Cambodian jungle. After overcoming a set of obstacles the two find a beautiful gold statue that Lara almost mistakes for the real deal, before she remembers that the actual statue would be less conspicuous. Upon taking the real piece from its resting place, a fiery guardian appears. Lara and Chase barely escape with their lives.

Epiphany

Epiphany

Release Date: 30 July 2003

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Penciller: Daryl Banks

Cover Artist: Matt Haley

Description:
As a child, Lara Croft had no interest in archeology until hearing several lectures given by Professor Werner Von Croy, who had revealed some of history's greatest secrets. Lara joined him on a hunt, and the two friends quickly became enemies when Von Croy's greed caused him to betray Lara. Now, the specter of Von Croy has returned as Lara returns to the scene of her first adventure, where she almost lost her life. In a gripping tale told by Dan Jurgens, Darryl Banks and John Sibal, the past comes alive and collides with the present as Lara confronts not only the mysteries of long buried treasures, but her own personal history as well.

More Info:
This issue is 48 pages long, and thus a little longer than the average Tomb Raider comic.
Story
Lara is in Egypt hunting for a treasure, the Scorpion Staff. She has masked herself and is pretending to be Jusef Al Akhim to get to her destination, but is discovered when turning down a drink.
Of all the prizes I've unearthed, this might be the most fabulous.

Takeover

Takeover

Release Date: 10 December 2003

Writer: James Bonny

Penciller: Scott Benefiel

Cover Artist: Tony Daniel

Description:
When Lara Croft delivers a priceless artifact to a metropolitan museum for a black-tie reception, she comes dressed to kill-but in a slinky evening gown and without her guns! That's just fine until a group of heavily-armed party crashers take over the museum, and Lara Croft is forced to take on a high-tech gang of criminals armed with only her wits, nerves... and a pair of stiletto heels.

Intro from the Comic: Lara Croft is a refined lady of wealth and privilege. That, however, has not stopped her from traveling the world, guns blazing, risking her life in the pursuit of rare artifacts. Born into a wealthy family Lara was raised in the best schools with the finest teachers. It was during this time that she also developed a love of archeology. Now, using her family fortune and her beloved twin 9mm pistols. Lara travels the world as an explorer, and adventurer. She is the Tomb Raider!
Story
Lara is in Los Angeles to return the Delphi Stone, a stolen artefact she reacquired for the Getty Museum. When arriving, things go south and Lara has to fend off an attack, during which hostages are taken.
The Delphi Stone. I hope you don't mind that I wore it... But it went so well with my ensemble.
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