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Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #3 Review

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Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen Issue 3 CoverWalking into bigger mistakes.

Creative Staff:
Story: Corinna Bechko
Art: Randy Green, Andy Owens
Colors:Michael Atiyeh

What They Say:
Lara and Carter are trapped in an airfield where the only way out is through a hail of bullets! Can they survive this race against time to gather ancient artifacts and keep them away from cultists who would use these treasures to destroy everything?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As we get to the third of five chapters for the Frozen Omen miniseries, the book continues to show that Lara is her own worst enemy. Her journey to discover what’s going on with these rare pieces of ivory has lead her to a few different places and put her back in touch with Carter (and his bird) in an effort to gain more information. With some disturbing things going on so far, it makes sense to work together even if there is this sense that there’s not a whole lot of trust to be had between the two of them. The book hasn’t grabbed me all that much, particularly since the style of Lara here is from the pre-reboot version and it’s like a whiplash change in personality and standing to shift back to this version.

A decent part of the book is about the journey to Arizona to meet Stan Grus and the piece of ivory that he has in order to get a better idea of what’s going on after what they’ve experienced so far. Grus has an almost Bond Villain type location, albeit with minimal security as it’s all about automation and surveillance. The journey side of it is interesting to see the dynamic between Lara and Carter since he’s making some side comments about the wealthy, which Lara is a part of in this incarnation, while she’s just trying to focus on what they’re doing while also nudging him a bit about how things aren’t always as they seem. The Arizona compound is certainly interesting and Grus definitely makes it fun to watch with the way he’s letting them discover all his artifacts on their own to just soak up the importance of it all.

The discussion on the ivory piece itself is interesting but again paints the book into direction I don’t care for. While the superstition side is always fun to work with, here we’re talking about ancient things that were lost to the world when the ice age hit and trapped them. It’s far more mystical and supernatural that I like in a book like this as it takes me out of it too much, reducing the mystery and going for something unexplainable. And that’s taken up a few notches here with the way the spirit from the other side has begun moving between border agents and arriving at the compound where they turn into large rock monsters in order to steal the ivory. The team here executes it well and the action is solid with what it does, but it’s just so out of what I thought a Lara Croft book would be – again, coming from the recent ongoing series – that it just leaves me looking sideways at it and not quite enjoying it as much.

In Summary:
Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen moves along at a decent pace here and provides for some good stuff along the way to flesh out the story more. We get some good character moments for Lara and Carter and a lot of exposition once Grus is brought into it. His whole deal just feels weird and is played in an odd way, giving more credence to the whole unusual way those with wealth operate. The story is moving along and it ups the ante with the supernatural side here in a big way. It’s really not clicking for me in that direction even though I like the whole exposition and view of things that we get between Lara and Grus. It’s doing its thing and it’s doing it competently and confidently to be sure, but it’s not engaging me for the reasons mentioned.

Grade: B-

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 2nd, 2015
MSRP: $3.99

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