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The Last of Us: American Dreams
American Dreams TPB Cover
Trade Paperback Cover Art
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Writer Neil Druckmann

Faith Erin Hicks (co-writer)

Penciller Faith Erin Hicks
Artist(s) Faith Erin Hicks

Christina Strain (colorist)
Rachelle Rosenberg[1]

Cover artist Faith Erin Hicks (variant cover)
Julian Totino Tedesco
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Language English
Publication date April 24, 2013 (#1)

May 29, 2013 (#2)
June 26, 2013 (#3)
July 31, 2013 (#4)
October 30, 2013 (trade)[2]

Pages 32 pages (per issue)
Price $3.99 (per issue)
$16.99 (trade)[2]
ISBN 978-1-61655-212-1 (trade)[2]


The Last of Us: American Dreams is a four-issue miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics. Written by The Last of Us lead writer, Neil Druckmann and lead artist, Faith Erin Hicks, American Dreams chronicles the journey of Ellie and a survivor named Riley prior to events that take place in the game.[3][4] American Dreams is published monthly by Dark Horse, with a time frame starting from April to July 2013 and is slated for a trade paperback release October 30, 2013.[2]

Official description Edit

"Nineteen years ago, a parasitic fungal outbreak killed the majority of the world’s population, forcing survivors into a handful of quarantine zones. Thirteen-year-old Ellie has grown up in this violent, post-pandemic world, and her disrespect for the military authority running her boarding school earns her new enemies, a new friend in fellow rebel Riley, and her first trip into the outside world. The official lead-in to the game from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann!"
―Dark Horse.com description[2]

Publication History Edit

During the production of the The Last of Us, Dark Horse comics approached Neil Druckmann with the idea of producing a tie-in comic book for the game. Initially wary of the prospect, Druckmann said Dark Horse “lured him into it because "they didn't want to do something tangential” with the opportunity of expanding their characters and universe beyond the game.[3] On the subject of whom he wanted working on the project, Druckmann took Dark Horse up on webcomic artist Faith Erin Hicks (Demonology 101). Already aware of the game, Hicks was later signed to the title by Dark Horse as co-writer and artist.[3]

On the matter of the comic’s content, Druckmann and Hicks stated that the American Dreams would focus primarily on Ellie’s “day-to-day life” inside the quarantine zone that goes unexplored in the game. On the cusp of her thirteenth birthday, Ellie is faced with the choice of joining the military or suffer excommunication and survive on her own. Hicks cites that American Dreams is similar to her own works detailing the life of “teenage girls and zombies” and the chance to combine the two elements provided a challenge on the perspective of surviving in an environment like Ellie’s.[3]

On the subject of Riley, Hicks and Druckmann describe her as a “tough” and “cool older girl” in the story.[3] She forms a relationship with Ellie on the eve of her own choice to joining the military and will affect the events that led up to the game.[5][6][7]

IssuesEdit

  1. American Dreams #1
  2. American Dreams #2
  3. American Dreams #3
  4. American Dreams #4

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SurvivorsEdit

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