I think what’s so upsetting about the Tomb Raider comics is that we’ve invested 3+ years into being told stories about Sam and Lara, only for there to be no happy ending and no emotional payoff. I think this is poor storytelling.
Fans of characters are often content to endure the characters suffering through untold misery… as long as there is a payoff in the end. Where was Lara & Sam’s emotional reconciliation? Where was the hug, the tears, the ‘YOU’RE SAFE!!!’? I wanted to feel something for them, to feel like all their suffering was warranted. Instead, we just got Lara telling Sam’s mum to take her somewhere beautiful and safe and “I’ll always be there for her even though i’m not there for her” and riding off on a motorbike by herself like “I need to do this alone”.
The only reason she needs to do it alone is because there is a rigid inflexibility about storylines in the new Tomb Raider series. There was never any acceptance that Lara and Sam play off each other well and that the pairing is a popular one, even if you don’t consider them more than friends.
I wish, I wish wish wish CD had taken a step back to consider if their original idea - that Lara was a lone wolf - wasn’t playing out in their universe as well as they’d hoped, and that perhaps they should make a tough decision and revise it.
Lara developed past being a lone wolf. Sam shone a new light on her and made her a three dimensional character and a real person. I wish they’d let her grow towards that instead of stubbornly shoving her back into her ‘lone wolf’ box :(