Tomb Raider is a series of video games, comic books and movies, centering around the adventures of the fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft. Since the release of the original Tomb Raider in 1996, the series developed into a lucrative franchise of related media, and Lara went on to become a major ICON of the video game industry. Even Guinness Book of World Records have recognized Lara Croft as the "Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine" in 2006. Six games in the series were developed by Core Design, and one (the most recent) by Crystal Dynamics. All the games were published by Eidos Interactive, which holds the rights to the Tomb Raider trademark and characters. To date two movies, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, have been produced starring American actress Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.
Tomb Raider has been licensed to Top Cow Productions, which has published a large number of Tomb Raider stories in comic book form since 1999. The series ended in 2004 with the release of it's final and 50th comic book. There are "One shots" occasionally released and talks of the comic being reintroduced in a year or two. There have also been frequent crossovers with other Top Cow publications such as Fathom, The Darkness, and Witchblade. The debut issue of Tomb Raider was the number one-selling comic book of 1999.
In late 2006 Top Cow released the Tomb Raider Compendium. This was a large, single volume, collected edition of the Tomb Raider comic series. The book encompasses all 50 issues (well over 1000 pages), as well as a cover gallery featuring select covers. It is a full size, color, high quality paper reproduction of all the issues. This collection, however, does NOT include specials, minis, and one-shots from the series. This would probably explain why the compendium has "Volume One" written on the side.
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