Got my copy today! Did anyone else think...
That cover art has me really keen to read this chapter!
I wonder how well they are selling these things, i'd love to see a much longer series after this one is completed. Kinda hard to get into because you will be able to read through the entire series in 10 minutes once the last one is out.
I LOVED the first couple of issues, in particularl the characters of Ellie and Riley.
#3 feels like a "middle chapter", and as such is not as good as the previous issue, IMO, and feels far too short. I may be biased though, because I read the first two issues before playing the game, and this one afterwards. I personally think they made a mistake by spoiling one with the other, because whichever you experience first will "ruin" the other.
That (pretty big) problem aside, and taken by itself I really like the comic.
I find Ellie and Riley really likeable and well written (though moreso in issues 1 and 2, since this one is more "action"). Winston was neat too, and I'd like to see more of him. Despite my misgivings tagged above, I thought the "fake out" this issue was clever and was certainly on the edge of my seat.
Marlene barely makes an impact in this issue, though I assume that's for the next issue. Given it's the last one, though, I've a feeling things will be a bit rushed, sadly. It feels like six issues would have been a better fit with the pacing.
Overall, though, I was most intrigued by the soldier who brought Ellie to the school in the first issue, and really wanted to know more about his relationship and past with her until that point. Did he "rescue" her from somewhere beyond the QZ? Get assigned responsibility for her after her mother died? There's clearly more to their relationship than "some guy told to bring her somewhere", given how angry she is at him "abandoning" her for his own family.
I am also pleased that this has given us another look at the Quarantine Zone, and what everyday life is like there. If they do another mini-series, I'd hope it might deal with something similar. Perhaps Marlene and the Fireflies, or Tess' smuggling work in and out. Maybe a new character that shows us QZ life from the side and viewpoint of the soldiers trying to maintain order?
I agree with other posters that a longer or even ongoing TLOU series would be amazing. I recall Gears of War ended up a somewhat (20-something issue) ongoing comic series despite starting as a one-off miniseries, and the success of The Walking Dead should surely show that a zombie/post apocalypse comic would sell well if handled right.
With the story/writing definitely the high point and most critically praised aspect of the game, I actually think a TLOU comic series could become very successful and profitable on its own merits even, not just as a "tie in" merchandise/cross promotion.