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Dark Horse partners for Tomb Raider prequel comic

US Best Buy pre-orders receive first series early

Square Enix is set to release a Tomb Raider prequel comic as part of a partnership with Dark Horse.

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Tomb Raider: The Beginning will be the first instalment in the series, which has been written by game scribe Rhianna Pratchett.

The 48-page, six-part hardcover omnibus follows the story of how the crew came together for The Endurance's mission to discover the lost Japanese kingdom of Yamatai.

"Originally intended to feature as the latest instalment of Dr. James Whitman's successful archaeology show, Whitman's World, the show-biz archaeologist gets more than he bargained for when he enlists the help of Captain Conrad Roth," the comic's blurb reads.

"As Roth's unique and eccentric crew gradually come together and share their stories and secrets, the expedition faces unexpected threats before it's even begun."

In North America, fans who pre-order the new Tomb Raider game at Best Buy will receive the first series early.

Pratchett said of the series: "Whilst penning Lara's origins story for the game I had lots of ideas about the world she and the other characters inhabited, and the story behind their voyage: it was great to be able to flesh out the world of Tomb Raider and work with the talented team at Dark Horse to bring Lara Croft back to comics."

Square Enix has confirmed a Tomb Raider release date of March 5, 2013.

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