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Tomb Raider Volume 1 : Season of the Witch

(Tomb Raider #1-6)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Superstar writer Gail Simone picks up Lara Croft's story where the smash hit "Tomb Raider" game left off in this collection of "Tomb Raider #1-#6"!

Lara and the other survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions after their ordeal in the Lost Kingdom of Yamatai. But the visions lead to a darker fate... can Lara survive the calamities that await her as she s
Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Dark Horse Books (first published February 1st 2014)
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Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Actually not bad for a video game series. Great art. The story picks up after the end of the video game reboot. The Solarii are back and are going after Lara's friends. ...more
Sam Quixote
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Spinning off from the enormously successful 2013 Tomb Raider reboot is a comic sequel of sorts, Season of the Witch, which is set after the events of the game. It also continues the trend of crap comics based on brilliant games!

Lara Croft and a small group of her surviving buddies have made it off of the cursed island Yamatai with some valuable booty. But the trinkets are acting as beacons to the evil island cult and each of her friends is being targeted. When her best pal Sam is kidnapped, Lara
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like Gail Simone, but I could not get into this one really... So I just finished the 2013 Tomb Raider game, finally taking it out of my PS3 backlog, so I thought I'd give the comics a try since I really like this new iteration of Lara Croft! The comic is....well its better then that 'The Beginning' one shot I read a while back, in that Lara plays a big role In the story. but that's about it! The story is a bit confusing and uninteresting, I feel mean for saying that, but that's just really how ...more
I never got into Tomb Raider as a kid — though it helps I didn’t have any games consoles until I was a teen — but I recently played the reboot and loved it. The survival aspects were great, and I needed to think tactically about taking out enemies, etc, etc. Season of the Witch doesn’t, in my opinion, bring anything really new to the story. It deepens the stories around some of the relationships, but in many ways the actual plot is a re-run in miniature of the game — without such high stakes, it ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-comics
Despite some strong moments and the solid development of Lara Croft's character, Season Of The Witch was a disappointing read. I was impressed by the rebooted entry in the video game series, although I preferred the adventure and fight for survival to the supernatural elements that were introduced as the story progressed. Unfortunately, it's those elements that are the basis for the plot here and it's still not particularly appealing. There's some welcome expansion on Lara's relationships with S ...more
Harry Lawrence
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, comics-and-gns
A fairly average series which whilst it was good, did not live up to the expectations set by the game.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
What makes Lara tick? A piece of the puzzle is deliciously revealed here. Action, mystery, mayhem, treachery, exotic locales are all nicely pieced together in a Gail Simone production.Artist Selma does a great job visually too.
Jesse A
Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know how the story fits with the game but it was pretty dull. The art was also atrocious. ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love Lara and Gail Simone did a good job at keeping her tone and character consistent with that of the remake game that this is a direct sequel to...but for the me plot was pretty weak and it was accompanied by a pretty bland art style. I was hoping for a more original adventure for Lara whereas this pretty much treads grounds already covered in the game. Yamatai had a great story to share and was a fun environment to explore...but I don't see the necessity of having the characters get dragged ...more
Patience Perry
Somehow bland and entertaining at the same time.
Jonathan Maas
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I could get into Tomb Raider tales. It's either a video game or a flagpole movie. But Gail Simone's and Nicolas Selma's book brought me in. Very good! ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2015
This has been on my to-read list since I finished the game last year. The reboot of the franchise was completely fantastic and a ton of fun, so I was hoping to find the same feel with this comic…unfortunately it didn’t quite hit that mark but it was still a great read.

Gail Simone’s script writing is definitely strong and I enjoyed seeing what Lara was up to after her return from the island of Yamatai. It’s an action packed set of issues and plenty of twists, but my one complaint is how short thi
Thomas Salerno
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
A very exciting action-adventure comic that takes place after the events of the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider video game franchise. Full disclosure: I have not played any of the Tomb Raider games, but my brother really enjoyed the latest entry. So, when I heard there was a Tomb Raider title from Dark Horse Comics based on the new game, and that it was penned by the incomparable Gail Simone, I had to go out and buy it. Plus, I'm a huge fan of action stories that feature female main protagonists. ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had no intention of playing the new Tomb Raider game after its initial shitty marketing campaign. Gail Simone felt the same way at first and turned down Dark Horse's request to write this series. She was later convinced to try the game and discovered that their marketing department is full of idiots who thought showing sexual assault was great advertising. On Simone's recommendation, I tried it too and am glad I did, especially since it allowed me to better appreciate the particular scene with ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong: I'm a huge fan of Tomb Raider. I've loved it even before I hit the double digits. But this Tomb Raider graphic novel, along with the new game, lack what was featured in the previous Tomb Raider games. I have to admit, I preferred it when Lara went on adventures to Tombs for her own pleasure, with only adversaries to worry about. In the second reboot, she acts upon desperation and to save her friend, Sam. In the sequel to it, she's trying to find something to save Sam's life, ...more
Nessie McInness
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the issues, not the TPB

I only bought the comics because I love the game. And I only started playing the game because my boyfriend pretty much forced me to. I'm glad he did, because it was a pleasant surprise.

Lara Croft from my teenage years wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe it was the feminist in my teenage self starting to bud, but I found it revolting. That's the reason why I resisted the game so much.

But Lara is a completely different character in this reboot. She is fierce, determined, stron
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: I've not read the TPB, but I've read the comics issues that comprise it.

This was a nice little continuation of the latest Tomb Raider game, telling a story of the aftermath of the events that took in it and revisiting some of the characters. Unfortunately, this was pretty much the extent of it: nothing new is introduced and Lara's growth as a character is kept to a minimum - probably because of the upcoming sequel to the game that will take the lead in this regard.

Still, this is a nice lit
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm not gonna lie, I really zoned out and just skimmed the last half of this. I'm really not sure why, because it was really well done. I mean, it's Gail Simone, so of course it is.
This kind of occult thing isn't my jam, maybe that's why. IDK.
It did its thing really well, it was pretty, it was strong and cohesive. But it didn't do it for me.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Picks up after the horrors of Yamatai (from the 2013 game), after everyone is back home. However, the island isn't done with them just yet. Gail Simone is fantastic, as always, at bringing characters & stories to life. Bonus: having played the game, I read all of Lara's dialogue in the voice of Camilla Luddington. ...more
Read this as single issues and it was great fun. Simone is awesome.
I have no idea what was going on here but it was awesome. I sat down to look at the art before giving it to my roommate and then I read it all. LARA IS FANTASTIC.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this really felt like a lazy cash-in.

Perhaps one day there will be good Tomb Raider comics. But it is not today.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Solarii, right. I remember them. Unlike you, they actually were scary. Until Lara killed them all, I mean."

Fuck. Yes.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
Huge fan of the games so when I got this as a gift, i was like YAAAAASS
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iggppc
I liked this. It was a fun tie in to the video game.
Jessica Zak
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, Let's talk about this. Tomb Raider has always been one of my favorite video games series ever. I enjoyed the reboot, and was excited to hear about the comics coming out. Now, this was a few years ago and I finally got my hands on this book. My question is, why can't we leave the island behind? Why can't we have a different story line? Sure bring up the reboot game and the physical and mental scars Lara obtained from it, but Lara had a thirst to understand more of the unknown like her fathe ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Picking up from a video game, this book is short on raiding tombs and puzzles but it serviceable as and action/adventure mystery story. There are some relics and mysticism involved but the crux of the story is about a mad cult that wants to destroy the world, and caught in the middle is Lady Croft. I enjoyed the book and Lara does get herself into some perilous situations, but I miss the hidden tombs and dangerous booby traps. Also the character of Lara Croft has changed dramatically. Not only i ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider '13 reboot game, and I really enjoy Gail Simone's work, so surely this would be a match made in heaven, right?


For me the biggest problem is the story. It feels very unnecessary in how it links back to the first game that also makes the plot of the first game feel out of sorts. *SPOILERS* Namely, why are there Sollari cultists out in the rest of society when it was clear that Metheis created it for the people on the island? *END SPOILERS*

That said,
The Lost Dreamer
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Silly me, I expected Simone to add some quality to all this but I was so wrong... This book is even worse than the previous one. And that was pretty bad. I only wanted to explore a little bit more Lara's background story and whatever happened beteween the first and the second game, but I guess I'll just read the Wikipedia and stop wasting my time.
Everything in this book is bad, designed for five-year-old minds. The art is so dull, uncapable of transmitting any sense of action or thrill. There is
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Having just finished Rise of the Tomb Raider (and writing an article about it), I thought I'd give Simone's interpretation a try. I feel like it was a good effort, but it fell a bit short. It seems like Simone wants to explore Lara's guilt and the difficulty she faces in becoming hardened to killing, but we never really see it. A passing mention here or there is really all we see—Lara's dreams hint at her guilt, but we never get to see much deeper than that. The story is good, and the writing's ...more
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