chloe and max in Life is Strange game
(Square Enix)

How to Read the ‘Life Is Strange’ Comic Books in Order

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If you’ve never played Life Is Strange, and love emotional journeys that you play in third-person, then I’m highly recommending you play it, ASAP. The game came out in 2015 and released five episodes—which you can play on almost any console. It’s even available on Steam for folks who don’t own a console (I played it on my laptop before I got a console of my own). It’s important to note that it’s not common for videogames to spawn comic series (let alone ones that are worth reading). Thankfully, Life Is Strange carried on in a different form after its game success

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The ‘Life Is Strange’ Comics

First things first, in order to read the comics, you need to have played the games. That’s the first step before diving in. Otherwise, you won’t truly understand the story, as it very much takes into account what happened in the game and takes place a year after the game’s conclusion. If you’ve played the game, the comics follow the “Sacrifice Arcadia” ending and go from there.

The Life Is Strange comic series was written by Emma Vieceli, illustrated by Claudia Leonardi, and published by Titan Comics—with the final volume being released in May 2022. Once you’ve played the game, here’s the official reading list (volumes are the easiest way to collect comics and read them in my opinion).

  • Life is Strange Volume 1: Dust
  • Life is Strange Volume 2: Waves
  • Life is Strange Volume 3: Strings
  • Life is Strange Volume 4: Partners in Time: Tracks
  • Life is Strange Volume 5: Coming Home
  • Life is Strange Volume 6: Settling Dust

There are 24 individual issues for anyone who is interested in collecting those (accessibility is key and if you can collect those, then awesome!)

(featured image: Square Enix Europe)


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