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Tomb Raider Volume 2: Secrets and Lies

(Tomb Raider #7-12)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  34 reviews
After the return to Yamatai Island, Lara and her friends try to put the horror of what happened there behind them and return to “normal” life. However, when a dearly departed friend pleads for help, Lara goes on a globetrotting adventure fraught with new perils and a horrible truth that must be brought to light at all costs! Collects issues #7–#12 of the ongoing series.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Dark Horse Books
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The Sapphic Nerd
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are some great things in this book, like the interactions between Lara and Reyes on the mountain, a bunch of moments between Lara and Sam, the doe, Lara being a total badass... and Kaz.

Kaz is just as cool as Lara, and almost as deadly. I love that the fact that she married a woman is talked about so casually and with so much genuine affection by the characters. I love that she's strong and brave, and a survivor, and she still knows how to have fun. And she's kinda nerdy. I'm optimistic she
sana ☼
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Yeah, I'm done with these comics. ...more
While Secrets and Lies is more consistent in quality throughout the entire volume, ultimately it's still only an average read overall. ...more
Stefani - SpelingExpirt
I am really going to miss Gail Simone on this series but Rhianna Pratchett has shown that she is the perfect person to guide Lara through her adventures. This series has action, emotion and even the occasional shine of humour. Wherever this version of Lara Croft goes I will follow.
This book is awesome. Lara is all kinds of fucking fierce. This one was a lot more violent than I remember the first volume being, but not overly so for all that happened. Lara's friendships and commitment to them is truly powerful. ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Needs more Sam, otherwise A+
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not sure where the concept for the cover came with this one. It shows Lara being pursued by bad guys dressed in Arabian garb and on the back of a camel. None of that happens in this book. No camels, no bad guys pursuing her on camels and desert setting. I can live with that deception but what I still find hard to adjust to is that video games most famous archeologist does no archeology. In the games, it is this pursuit of artifacts and raiding of tombs that drove the story but here Lara is left ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-manga
Volume 1 review here.

In Vol. 2, we get to meet Alex's sister, Kaz. Not only is she badass enough to live in Chernobyl and train wild dogs to protect her, but she's also a lesbian. It's cute to see her and Lara bonding and Lara inviting her to be a part of the group.
Daria Gray
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was kind of a lackluster read. Although this was a slightly better story that was different from the first volume; it just felt too convenient that there had be another person/group connected to the past villain and that there was some random person saving Lara before she is close to dying. I feel disappointed by this second volume.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 - can see an improvement already and could see this becoming better as it goes on. Felt a little repetitive (threat appears, Lara tries not get her friends involved, they get involved, they help save the day, she realises she can't do everything alone) but I'll be picking up vol 3 for sure ...more
Yana Haralanova
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
I like that we see interesting parts of Lara's everyday life. But the story was some kind of flat. Sorry Rhianna!

Lara and Trinity meet officially - that was totally new me. I thought Lara was confronted with Trinity for the first time in the novel "The ten thousand immortals" but I was wrong.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much better than the first one and I really love Lara so much. I also loved here we got LGBT+ representation and to be honest I wasn't expecting it at all. ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one better than some of the others thus far. I feel like this story line was a bit better and as always the art was wonderful.
Ric Peralta
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
wonder if this is where the new game is going
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
Tomb Raider Volume 2 picks shortly after the last issue of volume 1 and Lara is still dealing with the after effects of Yamatai. The first volume focused on the residual horror that they brought back with them, and kick started much of Lara’s inner conflicted that we see happening here.

I really love that she’s having issues coming to terms with what Yamatai has brought out in here. She is capable of defending herself and killing when she needs to, and it’s something she knows shouldn’t be easy b
Matthew Ciarvella
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book makes me glad that I stuck with the Tomb Raider comic series. After a rocky start in the first volume, things are looking up with a story that does an excellent job of setting the scene for "Rise of the Tomb Raider." It's nice to get away from Yamatai and all the plot tangles that storyline created (even if Yamatai was an excellent plot for the first game). The characterization of Lara here is top notch and the sub-plot with Lara acting in a play at Jonah's request nicely shows how she ...more
Jesse VanDeWalker
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, video-gaming
Predictable and full of hackneyed clichés, this second arc did less to thrill me than the first. The fact checking and research seems to have been done via a bleary-eyed skim over of a Wikipedia article about the subject matter. I expect more from video gaming's preeminent archaeologist, or more precisely, her writers.

Despite the attempts to recapture the feelings of vulnerability, hardship, and survival instinct embodied in the 2013 release, at no time did I think Lara was in any kind of danger
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Tomb Raider graphic novels give depth to Lara's character in a way that the game does not. Here we see a woman dedicated to helping her friends in whatever way that she can. One who is willing to go through pain and torment for those that she cares for. It is a testament to her character and what she went through on Yamatai.

Overall, a good story with an interesting evolution in the plot and a proper introduction of Trinity.
Robert Bussie
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
This sequel is better than the first book. It takes Lara to Pripyat, an abandon amusement park outside Chernobyl, Russia and to England. There is some action, but it is Gail Simon’s development of the main character that is the highlight of this book.

It is not perfect. The Trinity organization is not explained, the art work is just average, and I miss the tomb raider artifact hunting aspect. However, it is an enjoyable read.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, the cover art on this was super misleading...I was expecting some desert action but this was mostly set in Russia and no desert in sight, sadly. While the Russian stuff was pretty interesting I was a bit disappointed by this! Kaz was a pretty fun addition to the characters, though, and the change of scenery to anything other than Yamatai was much needed.
Not bad.

It's a fun and slightly silly action adventure, with a nice emphasis on women and friendships. With a lot of attention paid to putting as many _aww look see Britain_ references in as possible.

It's all good, especially for tie in stuff, but I feel like it should grab me more than it does.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Mini-review: Ehh, this was only barely worth reading, to be honest. I rather liked the first in the series, but this one just seemed to lack something. I don't know if it was because it no longer has Gail Simone as a writer or if they just weren't sure what to do with a post-Yamatai Lara Croft. But I'm guessing, based on the plot to Rise of the Tomb Raider, that this isn't canon anyway. ...more
Nicole Zeckner
Much better than the first volume! I felt the first volume relied too much on the paranormal. But this one focuses on Lara and her relationships with those around her. She's battling against men, not the mystic. It made for a much more engrossing read. ...more
andrew y
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will grudgingly admit that Pratchett knows how to write comic books for today. The first one was maybe a little too "VIDEO GAME SEQUEL WE PROMISE" but this starts to go somewhere fresh and add in the complexity of Lara, which is overlooked by everyone (including me ~one year ago). Well done. ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
2'5 actually. Could benefit of better planing/comprehensive story telling, to be honest. ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty solid tie-in, just wish some of the details were more fleshed Trinity and Kaz and all that. But still enjoyable.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Too much Trinity talks going on rn and not enough explaining
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as great as the first volume Tomb Raider Volume 1 : Season of the Witch, but it was okay. This story dives into Lara finding Alex's sister Kaz. Lara feels like she owes it to Alex to find his sister and keep her safe. ...more
Kendall H
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was better than the first. Perhaps because there was a new storyline and not just the continuation of an old one.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Actually kind of leads into Rise of the Tomb Raider. Laura and her friends are still dealing with the aftereffects of Yamatai. This organization called Trinity is going after the sister of one of her friends, Max. So she heads to Chernobyl to find her. Now they must defeat an insane hitman amidst the abandoned city. in the second half of the book, Laura is performing in Pride & Prejudice for a friend while dealing with Trinity again.
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