Saturday, August 8, 2020

Adventureman #2 by Matt Fraction and the Dodsons

 So we're back for issue 2 and when issue #1 ended insects were crawling all over our heroine's house and a beam of light or something shoots out of the house.


So what happened next?  Uh not sure.  What was the beam of light? No idea.

The issue opens in some sort of scary dimension where a voice with scary borders chastises Phaedra Phantom.  Phaedra was one of Adventureman's team and she is being held in this dimension by Adventureman's archnemesis Baron Bizarre and Baroness Bizarre.  It's implied that she escaped and visited Claire in the first issue but that's not clear.  Baron Bizarre is made of bugs. There's a hint that if people remember Baron Bizarre it gives him more power.

That interlude ends and Claire and her son Tommy are walking to school.  Tommy is reading the Adventureman guidebook from last issue.  Tommy advises that they gave the address of Adventure Worldwide - Adventureman's headquarters.  Like Doc Savage's 86th floor headquarters the building is never identified in the pulps, but they give the address in this guidebook.

(This came from Philip Jose Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life where Farmer made a confincing case that Doc's Headquarters was the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, a fact never revealed in the pulps) 

Tommy has to race to school and Claire has an appointment with two of her sisters.  One is baking souffles and the other arrives late, makes noise and ruins the souffles and bugs crawl out of them. Could they be connected to Baron Bizarre and the bugs from last issue?

During the exchange with her sisters, Claire is reading the guidebook and the test is in white writing accross the page.  In at least one point, one of the sister's talks to Claire and her speech bubble covers the text - I get that it shows that this is interrupting the reading but it hides the words.  The white words also appear over the top of the panels even over lighter parts of the picture where the words are lost and impossible to read.  This happens several times in this issue and it is so annoying.

After the souffle incident, Claire decides to visit Adventure Worldwide - so she jumps on her vespa and  zips through the city.  She snatches a coffee from a cop and we discover that Claire Connell used to be an NYPD cop.  We have no idea why she stopped - it may be when she lost her hearing or when she had her son or someother reason.   2 pages about how cool Claire looks on the Vespa but just the hint about her past.

She gets to building and there's a giant art deco skyscraper there, that she doesn't remember being there before.  She texts her son in class for the street view of the address.  Tommy gets into trouble and can't respond.

Claire then accosts a passerby and he tells her that the building there is a dump.  Clearly Matt Fraction has seen the 1994 Shadow movie starring Alec Baldwin where Shiwan Khan hides an entire hotel which serves as his headquarters in a similar fashion - and Alec Baldwin accosts a passerby in the same fashion.

Claire walks to the door but there is no handle but she remembers how one of Adventureman's assistants first finds the building - another place with white writing where it gets lost in the image.  This time the information is important to the story. 

It turns out that Phaedra Phantom phases you thorugh the door - the place is in ruins but the security system still works as Phaedra warns before she disappears.  Claire immediately sets off the security system and has a fight with two robots where Claire uses brains and brawn to defeat them.  Claire takes the elevator to the top of building (shades of Doc Savage's flearun elevator) and calls out that she has the book.

We then skip to the family Friday night dinner - Tom is there but his mother isn't.  His grandfather is about to ask about Claire when she charges in with her shirt and pants torn (in a likely homage to covers to the 1960s Doc Savage reprints that featured Doc in a torn shirt) 

And the issue ends.

Argh, there is so much to like in this book but it frustrates me in so many ways.  It seems like there is information that we should be getting but aren't and transitions that aren't quite working for me.  

And the timing of events is confusing.  Every Friday night the family gathers for dinner.  This happens in issue 1.  What appears to be the next day, (Saturday) she gets the guidebook from Phaedra and that night the bugs over the house and the light.

But that can't be right as what appears to be the next day (Sunday) Claire is dropping her son to school - she visits her sister, visits Adventure Inc and then turns up late for Friday night dinner.    

But that timeline can't be right clearly she got the book on Thursday of that week, then took Tommy to school on Friday morning and spent the day at Adventure Inc.  but it's not clear.  I'm not even sure that the events of issue two take place the day after the end of issue 1. 

Let's see if issue 3 solves some of these issues.

   

Monday, August 3, 2020

Jurassic Park (1991) by Michael Crichton


Reportedly, the movie rights for this were sold before the book was even published and if you have seen the 1993 movie version you have the basic plot.

Billionaire John Hammond, owner of genetics company InGen, has found a way to source dinosaur DNA to "clone" dinosaurs and is making a zoo/tourist resort. Things go wrong.

You really don't need more than that.

I'd read the novel in the late 90s from memory and a lot of the details had been forgotten between now and my recent reread.

I'd forgotten that there was a lot of background to the genetic engineering industry and detail of Alan Grant and Ellie Satler's dig and a subplot involving dinosaurs escaping the island before we get to the more familiar parts of the movie. (although a dinosaur attack was modified and later appears at the Lost World movie)

It makes sense that things had to be cut from a 400 page novel to fit a 2 hour movie - Crichton himself worked on the screenplay as well. The novel also has several additional dinsaur chases that weren't in the movie and a raid on a raptor nest.  Characters who survive in the novel - die in the movie and vice versa, although 1 death in the novel is reversed in the sequel novel The Lost World.

Crichton had a lengthy career as a writer and movie maker writing thrillers in med school as John Lange, under his own name he wrote The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, he wrote the screenplay for Westworld, Twister and co-created ER but this was probably the first time he had come to my attention.

If you enjoyed the movie, check out the novel  there are some differences but it enriches the experience of the movie.

I now have a desire to reread the Lost World.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

This is the End; Jurassic Park novels

Everyone knows that Jurassic Park is a series of five (soon to be six) movies.




Jurassic Park,




The Lost World Jurassic Park, 




Jurassic Park III,



Jurassic World,



Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom.


Jurassic Workd: Dominion


And most people know that the first two movies were based on the novels by Michael Crichton




Wow Brad, a whole post about two books?  Hardly an effort to get them I hear you say.

But wait there's more all the movies had junior novelisations,   So we are currently at 5 books.

Now the novelisation of Jurassic Park III was by Scott Ciencin.  Now Ciencin wrote three original novels called Jurassic Park Adventures

The first Survivor is set during the events of Jursassic World III and follows Eric Kirby and how he survived on the island unitl he was rescued






The second Prey is set after the movie where Dr Grant and Eric set up a scientific research facility on Site B and have to rescue intruders.

The third and final book (and the last one I had to find) has Eric and Dr Grant stopping a pterandons who have made their way to Universal studios in Florida - corporate synergy there.


Now there is one more book  The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe which tells us the back story of Claire Dearing showing her joining Jurassic World and her adventures on the island.




So there you have it nine books.  Crichton's books are easy to find, the junior novelisations aren't too expensve or hard to get, the Evolution of Claire may still be in print and I bought my copy new.  Ciencin's three book expansion of Jurassic Park III are much harder to find at a reasonable price.  So that brings us to the end of Jurassic Park novels for now.  With Jurassic World Dominion we may see more.

I recently re read Jurassic Park and will do a review here soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Adventureman #1 by Matt Fraction and the Dodsons

So I have a Matt Fraction story - he appeared at the 2013 Brisbane Writer's festival and I went along to his panel and got some Immortal Iron Fist and The Punisher signed by him.

I remember waiting for the panel to start and the panelists were talking and somehow Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family  comes up.  I forget exactly if he remembered Phil and not Wold Newton or vice versa but I piped up with the missing piece.

It's not an interesting story and I had completely forgotten about it until I read the text pages at the back of Adventureman.  Fraction mentions that Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life was a major influence on this story.

Could I have helped inspire Adventureman? He mentions he got the idea in 2008 so no I didn't.

I haven't read a great deal of Fraction's work just the Punisher War Journal and Immortal Iron Fist but in Immortal Iron Fist we get the highly pulp inspired Iron Fist before Danny Rand -  Orson Randall.  Randall is an Iron Fist who uses dual chi pistols.  

The short lived Iron Fist TV series had some awesome footage of Orson Randall and had Danny learn the gun trick in the last episode. (Iron Fist was the Netflix Marvel series that got better in the second season)

So when I read a preview which described Adventureman I was on board.  The plot of a lost Pulp hero and a new sucessor to their title sounded interesting.  

Fraction's stuff was okay and  I like the Dodson's Red One, which has a Russian spy becoming an American superhero.  

Great team, great concept - what more can you want?


Well a great execution obviously.  So how did the execution go?

In effect Adventureman#1 is two comics, literally and figuratively.  Literally as it's a double sized issue and figuratively because there are two stories happening here.

The first story and the first half is a classic "pulp" adventure for Adventureman and his team of assistants facing down an attack by Baron Bizarre and his Nazi Hell pirates.  Adventureman tells his team that it's bad, so bad they all have to drink his super serum (shades of Simon Spectre).  They fight the Baron and his evil team of associates. (which is a great idea)

There are grand fights and aerial adventures that would make Sky Captain happy (in fact I was waiting for him to turn up)

Adventureman is defeated and Baron Bizarre has a gun pointed at his head.  Then we see the text of the last few paragraphs of the pulp novel which ends with:

"It was at long last, time for Adventureman to journey into the greatest unknown.  He closed his eyes."

And we're told The End

Which leads us to the second story where Claire is reading the story to her son Tommy.  I'll talk some more about that shortly but I have agree with Tommy here, What the Butts?  What type of ending is that?  

Now this is a story where we are told that Claire is part of Adventureman's legacy but EVIL wins in this story. Claire is supposed to be in the same world as Adventureman.  But with Adventureman and his team deafeated and likely killed who stops the villians from destroying everything? or taking over the city.

It's a great cliffhanger but we're told that this is the end.  There were no more adventures.  Claire suggests that sometimes things just stop but that wasn't a stop that was meant to be a finale - if they went "come back next month to see if Adventureman excapes" and the publisher went bust I'd say that's ok but that isn't an ending.  

I can't think of too many pulp and pulp-inspired series that end with the death (real or implied) in such a fashion. The Lone Wolf by Mike Barry (Barry N. Malzberg), Adrian Chase The Vigilante series both ended with their deaths (Chase is one of the few comic characters who have not come back from the dead) 

Let's move onto Claire's story.  Claire finishes reading the book, her son Tommy goes off that it's a bad ending.

We discover that Claire wears hearing aids and she settles in for a quiet night reading.  She then mentions that she also turns them off at the noisy  weekly extended Connell family dinner with her father, her son and six sisters.   The sisters all appear to be multiple races which confused me (the back matter explains that Claire is one of seven adopted sisters - but that wasn't clear from the story)

The six sisters are all high achievers leading eventful single lives (at least there is no indication that they have partners or children)  Claire just lives a quiet life running  her mother's bookstore.  There is a hint that she lead a more active life but that appeared to before she had Tommy and is implied before she lost her hearing.

At the store, she finds a mysterious customer when a mysterious woman leaves an Adventureman concordance.  The woman runs out the back and hops into the coolest car I've seen in some time, followed by a man made out of bugs.  The woman has Adventureman's logo on the palm of her glove. 

Claire shows Tommy who says that their house and Hi-Brow make a triangle - uh that's only two points, then he draws an Adventureman logo on the book on three points.

Claire sends Tommy to bed and turns off the lights and heads to bed and swarm of insects cover her house and appear to turn on a spotlight or something.

The endings are a weakness.  There's nothing in Claire's world that suggests that Adventureman really existed before especially with the apocalytic ending to Adventureman's story.  The fact that the Connells are a mixed race family tells me that the Nazis didn't win and create a racial purity law.   So what was Baron Bizzare after?

Yet despite these issues I loved this story and I'm keen to see where issue 2 and beyond lead to.



Saturday, June 13, 2020

Uncharted Timeline

Much like my Tomb Raider timeline, this is intended to put all of the Uncharted franchise into one timeline. This is made much easier in that there is much less material than Tomb Raider has generated and no reboots.

There is a rather comprehensive timeline I found at the Uncharted Wiki but it didn’t have everything and I didn’t necessarily agree with all the dates but it’s a very good and detailed.

I’ll likely do a new version of this once the Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg comes out along with any ancillary material.

Like Tomb Raider I am excluding fan works, but I am making one exception – the Uncharted Live Action Fan Film starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake and Steven Lang as Sully. My timeline, my call.

THE TIMELINE

1988 
Chapter 1 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan, along with his other brother Sam, escape from the orphange.

1990
Chapter 2 & 3 Uncharted 3:Drake’s Deception – Nathan meets Sully

2000 
Chapter 3 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan is working with Sam and Sam is presumed dead.

2004 



Uncharted (Comic)

2005
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (game).



“Through Panama by Elena Fisher” (Youtube Video)

2006
Uncharted: Drake’s Trail (game)



Uncharted: The Eye of Indra (Motion comic)



Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (Motion Comic)

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (Game)

2008


Uncharted: Fortune Favors the Bold (Commercial)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Game)



Uncharted: Breaking and Entering (Youtube Video)
(Technically the proper name is Uncharted Live Action Fan Film but the shooting title was Breaking and Entering, I decided to run with that.)

2009
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Game)

Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth (novel)

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (Game)

2012


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Game)

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter (Game)

2016
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Game)


Uncharted Media

Playstation Games
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)



Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2013)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017) PlayStation Game

Nathan Drake also appears in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale (2012) but this games does not appear to fit Uncharted contiunity.


Playstation Vita Games
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2012)

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (2012)

Online Game
Uncharted: Drake’s Trail (2007)

Mobile Game 


Uncharted: Fortune Hunter (2016)

Motion Comics
Uncharted: The Eye of Indra (2009)

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)

Commercials
Uncharted: Fortune Favors the Bold (Toyota Commercial)

Comic Book
Uncharted (2011)

Novel


Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth (2011)

Youtube Videos
“Through Panama by Elena Fisher” (2007)



Uncharted Live Action Fan Film (2018)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Guardians of the Tomb (2018) starring Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Shane Jacobson, Bingbig Li

This Chinese/Australian co-productions is also known as The Nest, Tomb of the Mummy and 7 Guardians of the Tomb. My copy is Guardians of the Tomb so I'm going to run with that.



I saw the trailer for this a couple of years back and thought that looks like a fun romp.

I kept an eye out for it but never found it.  Then I tune into FBI:Most Wanted and see Kellan Lutz and remembered he was in this.  So I bit the bullet and bought a copy.

The beginning is a little middled with flashbacks and references that don't quite make sense but most thing things were explained/resolved by the end of the film.

The movie opens with a shadow puppet story of a Chinese delegation meeting with Australian Aborgines.

Then we jump to the present day when two researchers discover a tunnel in China. They had been sent on the mission by Mason (Grammer),, a wealthy industrialist. 

Mason then seeks out Jai (Li) who is the sister of one of the researchers.  We dscover that there is history with Mason and the researchers are now missing. The pair set out to the last known location where they meet the rest of the team including Jack Ridley (Lutz) and Gary (Shane Jacobson). Ridley is a first responder with a tragic history that he won't talk about.

The team heads towards the GPS signal from the missing team but have to take cover from a sandstorm in a deserted house.  All the occupants are dead except for a teenage girl and a heap of spiders.  The team heads into the basement which is an access point to the tunnels.

The team loses members to spider bites, one of whom takes a swan dive into a lava pool covered in spiders. 

We discover that the spiders are funnel web spiders that had been imported to China by the delegation at the start of the movie at the behest of the Emperor.  These spiders had been bred to be more aggressive and poisonous - because that's what you do for poisonous spiders - to have them produce a enzyme that prolongs the life of the Emperor. 

The spider's eventually escaped and killed the Emperor in his tomb which is in the tunnels that the expedition is in now.

This is a solid B movie, with no real surprises.  Mason is the bad guy (because the wealthy industrialist is always the villian) .  Ridley reveals his tragic backstory to bolster the troops when all seems lost. 


In enjoyed the hell out of this movie it really put me in mind of Congo (another movie/novel I'll have to revisit soon) with a lashing of Arachnaphobia and a pinch of Indiana Jones/The Mummy. 

For me Shane Jacobson's Gary stole the movie with his Aussie attiude and comebacks "these are 2017 spiders they follow each other on instagram"  were a highlight,  I don't know if his lines were scripted or if he improvised them but he stole every scene.

If there was one downside it was the last few seconds -  it seemed like they tried introduce a twist/sequel hook in that wasn't needed and really just raised more questions and detracted from the movie.

Overall, I'd say watch this.





Friday, May 29, 2020

Tomb Raider Timeline Updated!






The intention of this timeline is to work much of the Tomb Raider Franchise into one cohesive timeline. I am limiting this to event in Lara Croft’s life so no expansions on the history of the artefacts she finds. I am working on the assumption that the new “Survivor” game continuity is a prequel to the earlier games and that the “Legend” games are also part of this continuity. Any speculation on my part to explain any discrepancies will be clearly indicated.

There have been three games called Tomb Raider the 1996 original, the 2000 Gameboy game and the 2013 reboot. I will be referring to the games as Tomb Raider followed by their year. The 2018 movie will be referred to as Tomb Raider 2018. 

Other adventures will be referred to by their subtitles as we know they are Tomb Raider products. I will also be referring to the source for each entry and the media type (So the novel Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult will be referred to as The Lost Cult (novel))

I won’t be including fan productions as much as I have enjoyed many of them. I also won’t incorporating references to Lara Croft (in Rob Hayes Adventures Rob tells a female friend she is not Lara Croft) or characters dressing as Lara Croft (Ally McBeal, Looney Tunes, Dexter, How I met Your Mother.) The holographic projection of Lara in an episode of Totally Spies is also excluded.

I’m excluding advertisements that treat Tomb Raider as just a game for example one of the later Lucozade commercials has Lara drinking a Lucozade while the game is paused.

What’s new? 

Since I did the original back in 2017, Dark Horse released the two four issue miniseries Survivor’s Quest and Inferno, there was a new game Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and a tie-in novel Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Apocalypse. There was a new movie starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

This time I've decided just to list the games and not the expansion levels - the timeline is very long and Shadow of the Tomb Raider had seven DLC levels and they are effectively part of the games.

I did a deep dive into the Top Cow Tomb Raider comics including the appearances in other Top Cow titles. I was never happy with the original placement of the comics and I did a bit more moving things around. The biggest move was for Tomb Raider Journeys, the 12 issue series instead of taking place near the time of publication in 2001 was moved to 1994, a year that had very few adventures – which actually worked much better as issue 5 had Lara’s ten year high school reunion which would have been in 1994.

I didn’t realise that there were 3 different Tomb Raider/Witchblade titles only having one in the original timeline, I also had Dark Crossings and Monster War as one shots when there were two and four issues respectively in those miniseries.

To my eternal shame, I realised that I had forgotten U2’s Elevation video clip from the movie soundtrack in the original timeline, that has been fixed. As far as I can tell none of the songs from that soundtrack had a Lara Croft video clip.

Timeline 

14 Feb 1968 
Lara Croft born to Lord Richard Croft and Amelia Croft (Core Design Bio) (Legend - Game)

1971 - 1979
Private Tutoring Ages 3-11 (Core Design Bio)

1977
Lady Amelia Croft and Lara are in a plane crash. Amelia disappears and Lara walks out (Legend –game)

1979 - 1984
Wimbledon High School for Girls ages 11-16 (Core Bio)





1980
“Pre-Teen Raider” (Re/Visioned animation) (Gail Simone advises that Lara is about 12) Lara is a student at Croft Academy.

Speculationon: It may be that Lara was expelled after this exploit and moved to Wimbledon High School for Girls.

1984
Lara graduates Chesterfield Private Academy (Journeys 5)
Speculation: The book says class of 1992, this must be an error as Lara was 24 at that time. Chesterfield is a co-ed school so it cannot be Wimbledon School for Girls. It seems likely that Lara went to multiple schools and the Core Bio simplified her academic history.

Training with Von Croy in Ankor Wat (The Last Revelation –Game)

“Black Isle” (Chronicles Game)

1985
Lord Richard Croft dies (differing accounts are given in Rise of the Tomb Raider– Game, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Movie and Legend –Game)

(The 2018 Tomb Raider movie has Lord Richard presumed dead and does not die until the events of that movie)

Speculation Lara is adopted by her uncle Lord Henshingly Croft and his wife. Neither are fans of Lara adventuring and try to mould her into a proper lady. The adoption explains why in 1996 her father is listed as Henshingly Croft in the first game.

1984-1987
Gordonstoun Boarding School ages 16-18

1987-1989
Swiss Finishing School ages 18-21

1989
Plane crash 21 year old Lara is only survivor (Core Bio)

1990
Excavation Massacre (Legend – Game)


The Beginning (Dark Horse Comic)

Tomb Raider 2013 (game)

Speculation: The Tomb Raider 2018 (movie) – could be viewed as a simplified version of this game but I’ve gone with a different interpretation and placed it after Shadow of the Tomb Raider. YMMV. (Basically the movie is too different from the game to be an adaptation of the game but has enough elements from the game to make it hard for it to be its own story and to make it work either way requires a fair amount of damage to the movie))

The Ten Thousand Immortals (novel)

Season of the Witch (Dark Horse Comic 1-6)

1991 
Secrets and Lies (Dark Horse Comic 7-12) 

Queen of Snakes (Dark Horse Comic 13-18)

1992 


Rise of the Tomb Raider (Game)

Spore (Dark Horse Comic 1-6)
Speculation: Spore features a 1996 flashback this must be a 1976 flashback.

Trial and Sacrifice (Dark Horse Comic 7-12)

Survivor’s Quest (Dark Horse Comic Miniseries 1-4)

Inferno (Dark Horse Comic Miniseries 1-4)

1993




Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of Apocalyse (Novel)
This is a novelisation of the early part of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Game)

Tomb Raider (2018) (Movie)
Speculation: After the apocalyptic events of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara temporarily retires from tomb raiding and becomes a cycle courier before being drawn into a mystery about her father’s death which ends with her buying her trademark weapons. The movie uses some elements of the 2013 game but is a different adventure. (Basically the movie is too different from the game to be an adaptation of the game but has enough elements from the game to make it hard for it to be its own story and to make it work either way requires a fair amount of damage to the movie)

1994 
Tomb Raider Journeys 1-7 (comic)

Finds Bigfoot (Tomb Raider 1996 – Game)

Tomb Raider Journeys 8-12 



Finds Ark of the Covenant (Tomb Raider 1996 - Game)

1995
Mean Machines (comic)

Philosopher’s Stone (Chronicles – Game)

1996 


Tomb Raider 1996 & Anniversary (Games)

1997 
Vendetta (Tomb Raider/Witchblade 1 - comic)

Witchblade/Tomb Raider ½ (Comic) This comic is a sequel to Vendetta.

Tomb Raider II (Game)

Tomb Raider/Witchblade (Top Cow Comic)



Lucozade (commercials) (the last commercial is not counted)




PlayStation Commercial



ZDnet Commercial

“Tibet Air” (Short Story)

1998
Witchblade/Tomb Raider 1 (Comic)



PlayStation Commercial

Tomb Raider III (Game)



Seat Cars (Commercials)

Spear of Destiny (Chronicles –Game)





Die Artze “Manner Sind Schweine” (Music video)

Tomb Raider 2000 (Game)

1999

Dark Aeons (Comic)

The Medusa Mask 1-4 (Comic)



Brigitte Magazine (Commercial)



“Hemos terminado con él” The Companeros (Spanish TV Episode)

The Time’s Exclusive Bonus Level (Game)

The Last Revelation (Game)

Tomb Raider Chronicles (Framing Sequence – Game)



The Amulet of Power (Novel)

Dark Crossings: Dark Clouds Rising (Comic)

Dark Crossings: Dark Clouds Overhead (Comic)

The Merlin Stone 5-6 (Comic)



The Resurrection of Taras (Fathom 12-14, Fathom Crossover Tour Book – Comic)
(The Crossover Tour book seems to be set during the events of issue 13 – and is five page story where Aspen recaps the first issue. The artwork does not appear in the three issues. There is also a three page bit where we see a drawing of each of ladies in the story Aspen Matthews, Lara Croft and Sara Pezzinni and a paragraph from the other two characters about that character.)

Dead Centre 7-10 (comic)

2000 
The Tomb Raider Technical Manual (Book)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movie + Novelisation)



U2 “Elevation” (Music Video)

Tomb Raider/The Darkness 1 (Comic)

Chasing Shangri-La 11-12 (comic)

Grim Reaper 13-15 (Comic)

Tomb Raider 0 (Comic)

2001 
Pieces of Zero 16-17, 19-20 (Comic)

Year of the Cat 18 (Comic)

Curse of the Sword (Game)

The Trap: Path of the Tiger 21-23 (Comic)



Scarface’s Treasure (Comic)

Medusa’s Garden 24 (Comic)

2002 
The Prophecy (Game)



The Osiris Codex (Game)

The Quest for Cinnabar (Game)

The Elixir of Life (Game)

Endgame (Tomb Raider 25, Witchblade 60, EVO 1 – Comic)

Abyss 26-28 (comic)

Strange Flesh 29- 30 (Comic)

Tomb Raider: Apocalypse (Game)

2003
Conquista 31 (comic)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life (Movie + Novelisation)



Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness (Game)
(The Action Adventure/The Board Game/Flash Game versions and comic adaptation issues 32-34)

Epiphany (Top Cow comic One Shot)

Black Legion 35-37 (Comic)



G4 – (Commercial)



Visa - Monster Chase (Commercial)

The Lost Cult (novel)

The Man of Bronze (novel)

2004
Sphere of Influence (comic)

Takeover (comic)

Bloodstone 38-39 (Comic)

Risen 40 (Comic)

Spirit Walker 41-42 (Comic)

Arabian Nights (Comic)

Tower of Souls 43-44 (Comic)

Signs and Portents - Witchblade 78 (Comic)

Inner Demons 45 (Comic)

Gathering Storm 46-48 (Comic)

2005 
Vendetta 49 (Comic)

Alpha/Omega 50 (Comic)
In this comic Lara finds the Fountain of Youth and is seen adventuring into the far future.

Monster War (comic 1-4)

The Greatest Treasure of All (comic)

2006 
Legend (game)

The Reckoning (game)

Puzzle Paradox (Game)

2007


The Keys to the Kingdom (3 Parts) (Re/visioned Animation)

Revenge of the Aztec Mummy (Re/Visioned Animation)

Angel Spit (2 Parts)( Re/Visioned Animation)

Lara Croft Legacy (Re/Visioned Animation)

Raising Thermopolis (Re/Visioned Animation)

A Complicated Woman (Re/Visioned Animation)

2008
Tomb Raider Underworld (Game - also has a board game)

2010
Lara Croft and Guardian of Light (game)

2013
Lara Croft Reflections Card Game (Game)

2014 
Lara Croft and Temple of Osiris (Game)

2015
Lara Croft Relic Run (game)

Lara Croft Go (Game)

Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen (comic)

2016
Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever (novel)

TOMB RAIDER MEDIA ITEMS 

Games

The Core Series –Original Timeline
Tomb Raider 1996

Tomb Raider II 1997

Tomb Raider III 1998

Tomb Raider: The Times Exclusive 1999

Tomb Raider the Last Revelation 1999

The Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000



Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
(The Action Adventure/The Board Game/Flash Game versions and comic adaptation) 

Crystal Dynamics – Legend Reboot
Tomb Raider Legend 2006

Tomb Raider Anniversary 2007

Tomb Raider Underworld 2008

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light 2010 

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris 2015

Survivor Reboot
Tomb Raider 2013

Rise of the Tomb Raider 2015

Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018

Gameboy Games
Tomb Raider 2000

Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword 2001

Tomb Raider: The Prophecy 2002

Interactive TV Games
Tomb Raider: Apocalypse 2002

Tomb Raider: The Reckoning 2006

Mobile Phone Games 
Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex 2003

Tomb Raider: The Quest for Cinnabar 2003

Tomb Raider: The Elixir of Life 2003

Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox 2006

Lara Croft Reflections 2014

Lara Croft Relic Run 2015

Lara Croft Go 2015

Board Games
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003 

Tomb Raider: Underworld 2009

DVD Game 
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure 2006
(adaptation of Angel of Darkness)

Flash Game Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2004

Books 
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Tech manual by Michael Jan Friedman 2001

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Movie Novelisation by Dave Stern 2001

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life Novelisation by Dave Stern 2003

Tomb Raider The Amulet of Power by Mike Resnick 2003

Tomb Raider The Lost Cult by E.E. Knight 2004

Tomb Raider The Man of Bronze by James Alan Gardner 2005

The Ten Thousand Immortals by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent 2014

The Blade of Gwynnver by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent 2016

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Apocalypse by S.D Perry 2018
(Fun fact S.D. Perry is the daughter of Steve Perry who wrote Indiana Jones and The Army of the Dead)

Short Stories
“Tibet Air” in Lara’s Book: Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider Phenomenon by Douglas Coupland 1998 (reprinted in Tomb Raider Archives Vol 3.

Movies
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2001

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Cradle of Life 2003

Tomb Raider 2018

TV
The Companeros “Hemos terminado con él” 1999 (tie in for Last Revelation) 

Commercials
PlayStation 1997 & 1998

Lucozade 1998 & 2001

Seat Cars 1999

Brigitte Magazine 1999

ZDnet 2000

Visa Monster Chase 2003

G4 2003

Video Clips
Die Artze “Manner Sind Schweine” 1998

U2 “Elevation” 2001

Re/Visioned 2007
The Keys to the Kingdom (3 Parts)
Revenge of the Aztec Mummy (1 part)
Angel Spit (2 Parts)
Lara Croft Legacy (1 part)
Pre Teen Raider (1 part)
Raising Thermopolis (1 part)
A Complicated Woman (1 part)

Comics
Mean Machine Sega #46 (reprinted in Tomb Raider Archives Vol 1)
Untitled story that I called “Mean Machine” predate the release of the first game 

Glenat
Dark Aeons 1999

Top Cow Comics

Top Cow Crossovers
Tomb Raider/ Witchblade 1997

Witchblade Tomb Raider ½ 2000

Witchblade/Tomb Raider 1 1998
 (Tales of the Witchblade 9 is a follow up to this story -while Lara appears on the cover she does not appear in the story)

Dark Crossings: Dark Clouds Rising 2000 

Dark Crossings: Dark Clouds Overhead 2000

Fathom the Resurrection of Taras 12-14 2000-2002,  Fathom The Crossover Tourbook 2000

Tomb Raider The Darkness 2001

Top Cow Book of Revelations 2003

Monster War 2005
     1 Magdalena vs Dracula
     2 Tomb Raider vs The Wolf-Men
     3 Witchblade vs Frankenstein
     4 The Darkness vs Mr Hyde

Tomb Raider 25 (Endgame part 1)

Witchblade 60 (Endgame part 2)

EVO 1 (Endgame part 3)

Witchblade 78 (Lara cameo)

Witchblade 84 (Witchblade lists Lara as a friend and an image of Lara appears)

1999-2005 Tomb Raider Series
       The Medusa Mask 1-4
       Merlin Stone 5-6
       Dead Centre 7-10
       Chasing Shangri-La 11-12
       Grim Reaper 13-15
       Pieces of Zero 16-17, 19-20
       Year of the Cat 18
       The Trap: The Path of The Tiger 21-23
       Medusa’s Garden 24
       Endgame 25 (Crossover with Witchblade #60/EVO #1)
       Abyss 26-28
       Strange Flesh 29-30
       Conquista 31
       The Angel of Darkness 32-34 (Comic Adaptation of Game) 
       The Black Legion 35-37
       Bloodstone 38-39
       Risen 40
       Spirit Walker 41-42
      Tower of Souls 43-44
      Inner Demons 45
      Gathering Storm 46-48
      Vendetta 49
      Alpha/Omega 50

Tomb Raider Journeys 1-12 2001-2003

Top Cow One Shots
Tomb Raider Origins 2000

Scarface’s Treasure 2003

Epiphany 2003 (AOD tie-in)

Takeover 2004

Sphere of Influence 2004

Arabian Knights 2004

The Greatest Treasure of All 2005

Dark Horse Comics
The Beginning 2013 (Digital only)

Tomb Raider 
     Season of the Witch 1-6
     Secrets and Lies 7-12
     Queen of Serpents 13-18

Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen 1-5

Tomb Raider II
      Spore 1-6
      Trials and Sacrifice 7-12

Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Quest 1-4

Tomb Raider: Inferno 1-4