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The first issue of the new Tomb Raider series from Dark Horse Comics is out, and I can safely say that Lara Croft is in good hands with writer Gail Simone. No stranger to penning the adventures of strong female characters, Lara’s character is well-handled here.
Dark Horse Comics has produced some fine licensed material based on comic books, like Mass Effect and The Last of Us. And since the Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics was such a hit, it’s only natural that they’re going to be producing a new series based in that world! Now you don’t have to wait for the sequel to enjoy the further adventures of everyone’s favorite videogame heroine.
Writer Gail Simone is no stranger to writing strong female characters, having scripted comics like Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and was a natural fit to chronicle the further adventures of Lara Croft. In an editorial running in recent issues of Dark Horse Comics, the scribe admits to being a big fan of Lara’s, but skeptical of the reboot game (and Dark Horse’s request she write the new series based on it). Of course, her skepticism lasted only as long as it took to start playing the game!
Now we’re up to the third gallery of cosplay photos I took at New York Comic Con 2013. This is the second half of the comic book-themed costumes. This time around, keep an eye out for a really hot John Constantine, an impressive (if awkward to actually move around in) Elongated Man, a very cool Mysterio, as well as a super-hot Aquaman.
And now gallery #2 of my photos of cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2013! Now we’re shifting into the comic book realm, which I’ve split into two parts because even if Comic Con isn’t so much about comics anymore, most of my pictures were of comic book characters. Naturally, there are plenty of Wolverines, either in a costume, tank top or shirtless, and there were tons of Deadpools (none of which I seemed to photograph). But I was impressed by a Hawkman and a sexy Gambit, plus a really good Dr. Strange. But you’re definitely not going to want to miss the White Queen… er, King. Trust me! Make the jump and enjoy!
In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a fan of the Halo series. So I am not familiar with the intricacies of the Halo universe, or the supporting character of Sarah Palmer, who the new Dark Horse mini-series Halo: Initiation is about. But that out of the way, I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue, which was released this week. It chronicles the origin of Sarah Palmer as a Spartan, and while issue one is obviously going to be mostly set-up, I’m more than intrigued by what writer Brian Reed has set up. He’s also one of the writers of Halo 4, so the guy knows his stuff. Not being a fan of the series, I had no idea how the Spartans like Master Chief were created, and this comic made me realize that the Halo universe is actually more interesting than I’d given it credit for being. Of course, it helps that the story can move along at a pace and not get bogged down in long, shooting gameplay sections.
The art, by Marc Castiello, is very good, and everything looks authentic, from the battle armor to the Warthogs to the weapons. His page layouts are dynamic and graphic, but sometimes the style interferes with storytelling as some of the action can be a bit hard to follow, visually. Sarah Palmer is an interesting character, a female who manages to be strong without being bitchy, which is often the go-to characterization for powerful women. I recommend Halo: Initiation for Halo fans, but also for non-Halo comic book fans like me. Turning Mass Effect into a comic book was an obvious choice, as that game had a strong storyline and a rich universe to draw from. I never considered Halo to be more than a shooter, so it’s nice to find out that there is actually an interesting story they can create new tales with. I look forward to issue two!
If you’re not familiar with The Hawkeye Initiative, it was created in December of 2012 to use the Marvel Comics super hero Hawkeye to illustrate how ridiculously hyper-sexualized female comics characters are by placing Clint Barton in the same exaggerated contortions. It’s quite hilarious as well as eye-opening. And gaming is another medium with overly-sexualized female characters as well all know, and while the men may be overly-muscular, they’re certainly not sexualized in the same way.
But one anonymous female member in the gaming industry played a Hawkeye Initiative-themed prank on her boss, and it’s pretty awesome. As part of the company who produce Hawken, an online mech game, she admits that the company treats its substantial female staff very well. Especially compared with the gaming industry in general. But there was a particular poster that their CEO just loved that was rankling her. It’s of a female welder who clearly has no sense of personal safety, as she’s brandishing a torch while wearing skimpy cut-off shorts and what looks to be a tank top that doesn’t even come to the bottom of her ample busom.
So this enterprising employee took it upon herself to enlist a co-worker who is a talented artist, and he came up with the male equivalent, who they named Bro-sie The Riveter. They framed it and replaced the original print with theirs and waited to see how their boss reacted. You really should click this link to read her entire story start to finish for the full effect (and to see the full artwork!), but spoiler alert — it ends awesomely.
Dark Horse continues to snatch up those videogame licenses, adding Halo to their roster that already includes Mass Effect, The Last of Us and more. This August will bring the new comic book mini-series Halo: Initiation, written by Halo 4 writer Brian Reed and illustrated by Marco Castiello (Secret Invasion: Front Line, Star Wars: Purge).
And as a bonus, Inititation will focus on supporting castmember Sarah Palmer, revealing how she became the first Spartan-IV commander. Yay for strong female characters!
“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics,” said writer Brian Reed. “After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse.”
Look for Halo: Initiation #1 on sale in comic shops on August 14 (and I’ll be sure to have a review up here for you to tell you if it ended up being any good)!