TOMB RAIDER: INFERNO #1 / Writer: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly / Artist: Phillip Sevy / Colourist: Michael Atityeh / Cover Artist: Hannah Templer/ Publisher: Dark Horse Comics / June 13th, 2018
So, I wasn’t too impressed with Survivor’s Crusade; the series prior to this one, and right off the bat I can safely say that this series is a step up from it. The art is much less awkward and now that the perfunctory has been set up, things feel like they’re finally kicking off. We’re beginning to see Trinity- the cult that Lara is hunting down- as a paramilitary force, finally learning not to underestimate Croft. They speak about her as if she’s Wolverine and, frankly, they’re not far off.
There’s a really clever set up at the centre of this story, that I appreciate- still showing Lara as the near indestructible badass that she is, but also showing that even she doesn’t have a plan for everything. It’s really great to see that determination become part of a blind-spot, if only because it introduces us to the series’ villain… but I won’t say too much more. The issue is worth reading for that alone.
As I said, the art is solid, though nothing to write home about. It allows for showing the scale of the locations and Lara’s dynamism. I wish it would live up to the promise of the cover artists- in this case Hannah Templer and Hannah Fisher for Survivor’s Crusade #3 and #4- who show a more unique and interesting style that could make the story and locations pop a little more. Fisher also did Survivor’s Crusade #3 variant cover that’s flat out a work of art.
As it is, the art (and writing) for Inferno, so far, feels like a solid but ultimately very functional action movie… which is appropriate really. There is a lot of potential here and there’s enough to hold your interest, but only just. Seeing Lara getting consumed by revenge and allowing it to blind her and take over her life is getting a little old now. I really wish she could step out of her father’s shadow- but I am open to it going somewhere. Given the scale and the implications of the site she and Trinity have uncovered, perhaps it’s leading somewhere a little… existential? We’ll see in future issues I hope!
Verdict: 3 out of 5
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