Tomb Raider: The Series Vol. 1, Issue 2
|Tomb Raider: The Series Vol. 1|
|Story Title||Saga of the Medusa Mask|
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|Release Date||December 22nd, 1999|
|Colors||Jonathan D. Smith|
Tomb Raider: The Series Vol. 1, Issue 2 continues the Saga of the Medusa Mask begun in Issue 1. After the loss of her yacht, Lara continues to hunt for the person who found the Medusa Mask aboard the sunken Spanish galleon.
- Lara Croft
- Hartford Compton
- Paris D'Arseine (only in the introduction)
- Henshingley Croft (Top Cow Comics), Lara's father (in flashbacks)
- Andrea Croft, Lara's mother (in flashbacks)
- Roger, Lara's deceased fiancée (in a flashback)
- Chase Carver, mainly mentioned, unrecognisable on the last page
- Taj, a criminal
After her air was cut off, Lara is floating in the ocean. Despite her appearance, she is not unconscious. When two divers approach her, she goes on pretending, trying to figure out what they want from her. When she realises that they want the item she has found, she takes the knife of one of the divers and struggles with them. She then takes one of the men's diving masks and sets off to get back to the boat. After struggling with sharks, she is shocked to find her yacht at the bottom of the ocean.
Assuming Compton was killed when the ship was sunk, Lara thinks back to a time when Compton saved the lives of her and her family. When Lord Croft was in London for a business meeting, Lara and his wife Andrea accompanying him, they were attacked by Irish terrorists. Compton intervened and fought them off. This was the first time Lara realized that Compton was not only their driver, but their bodyguard, and she also learned that her father and Compton fought together in the Falklands War.
Another flashback lets Lara think back to a time when Compton, whom she got to regard as a guardian angel, wasn't there for the family. The tragic plane crash that killed her parents and her fiancée. Someone else was piloting the plane that day.
When Lara emerges on the surface, she is surprised and relieved to find that Compton did not die when the yacht explored, but is picking her up with a helicopter. They travel to Athens, where Lara expects to pick up the trail. She reveals to Compton that she has found a Calling Card in the wreck of the Spanish Galleon, belonging to Chase Carver, a man Lara has a personal history with. Compton is not shy to express how much he despised Carver. Lara comments, that she does however not believe that Carver is responsible for the attack on them. She hacks into his files to discover that he has recently left for Kathmandu.
Lara and Compton fly to Nepal where they take a rented car. They are attacked by a pair of assassin's that hid on the back seats. When Lara's plan to crash the car and use the absence of airbags for back seat passengers to their advantage succeeds, they learn that the assassins were sent by Taj, a local gangster with whom Lara had dealt before. She presses him for information; how he knows that she was coming and where Chase Carver is. She learns that someone else has asked for Carver before her. Taj is surprised to her that Lara's arrival in Nepal has something to do with the Medusa Mask. While Lara is threatening him if he does not tell her more, he is killed by an arrow. Compton tells Lara to seek shelter in a doorway, and then is shot as well. Before Lara can run over to him, she is grabbed from behind and held back.