Published on July 30th, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Tomb Raider #6
Eisner awardwinner Mariko Tamaki has completed this torrid tale of the Tomb Raider. Lara Croft is finally facing her final fight with the leader of the spore cult. This issue starts on a sunny day in a national park at the Yunnan province. Croft is receiving an order to bring herself along with the Professor and the spores. They want to trade the spores for Jonah. It’s a daring exchange in the middle of a crowded park
The Creative Team:
Tamaki brings a sense of apprehension to this final confrontation. The exchange is troubled as the Professor is afraid, and rightly so, about being taken by the Spore cult and he disappears before the cult can exchange him for Jonah. Murphy’s law (What can go wrong will go wrong for those who don’t know what that is.) seems to be dogging Lara at every turn and she has to struggle to reach the final solution. Tamaki does an excellent job of throwing obstacles in her path.
Phillips Seyy handles the art work quite well and his panels help to move what could be a slow, plodding story in the wrong hands to a fine pace as the reader is kept guessing on every page. One of the things I really appreciated was how he handed the panels where our hero was trapped in the park as they could not move through because vehicles were blocking the way. The final battle between our hero and the cult leader is exceptionally well done and helps bring closure to the story.
Another great action packed cover which sees our heroine leaping high into the air with her fist clenched as she’s about to strike the leader of the spore cult. The cult leader isn’t backing down either. He’s running towards her with his own fist clenched and it’s set against a mountainous rocky terrain. The sky is filled with multicolored clouds bringing a vibrant feel to this issue. It should attract many to this finale.
Some characters won’t survive this issue and there’s more to the spores than just immortality. It’s what the cult leader doesn’t understand in his obsession to gain them. The cult leader and his followers have become insane in their obsession to procure the spores. This is a cautionary tale to say the least. A well thought out story that deals with neurosis and the consequences of wrongful actions ***1/2
Tomb Raider #6
Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Phillip Sevy
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover: Agustin Alessio
Publisher: Dark Horse Publications
Publication Date: July 27, 2016