Lara Croft is returning to the printed page after an eight-year hiatus in "Tomb Raider: The Beginning," written by Rhianna Pratchett and illustrated by Nicolas Daniel Selma and Andrea Mutti.
Video game publisher Square Enix is dangling the prequel's first part as a pre-order bonus through selected retailers, with a retail debut for the new series promised post-launch.
Comic author Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of fantasy author Terry Pratchett, has established hersef as a scribe in her own right, credited for storyline work on "Heavenly Sword" and "Mirrors Edge" among others.
In "Tomb Raider: The Beginning," she explores life before the video game's shipwreck: celebrity TV archaeologist James Whitman joins forces with the ominously named Captain Conrad Roth, and trouble brews for crew and passengers long before their shipwreck on a hostile island a million miles from home.
Four non-sequential pages from "Tomb Raider: The Beginning" are available to view at facebook.com/tombraider (login required).