Revisiting Dark Horse Comics THE LAST OF US: American Dreams

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Earlier this week Sony announced the much anticipated release date for the upcoming Last of Us Part II Playstation 4 game. The first Last of Us video game was released in 2013 by Naughty dog entertainment and went on to sell over 17 million copies. The Last of Us has been called one of the best stories in video games and it is the third best selling game released for the Playstation 3.
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Last of us 2
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The Last of Us Part II will be released on February 21, 2020 and has already gone on presale at many retail stores. So why does this matter? I believe the release of this new game will revitalize interest in the Dark Horse Comic series Last of Us: American Dreams – a four part mini-series that was set as a prequel to the first game.
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Last of Us #1 First Print
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The Last of Us #1
was released by Dark Horse Comics in April of 2013, two months before the games release. The book immediately started to see interest from the secondary market. A second print of the first issue was solicited and released by the end of May 2013. At one point the first print of The Last of Us #1 sold for $65+. There was even a point when even the second printing was selling for well above its $3.99 cover price.

When the Last of Us was released there was a special collectors edition that came with an assortment of things including a special edition comic book. This book is the lowest print variant and hardest to find book from the Last of Us comic book run. The North American version of the video game has a regular sized comic book but the “Pal Version”- available for sale in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, And Oceania – had a ashcan mini-comic version of the first issue.

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Last of Us American Dreams #1 PS3 Special Edition Variant          Last of Us #1 Ashcan

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When they were released the later issues and the later printings all caught fire in the secondary market.  In the past few years interest for this title has dwindled and copies have been selling for all time lows. Now is the time when you might still be able to find reasonably priced copies in the wild. For the next few months these books are only going to go up.

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Last of us #2          Last of Us #3          Last of us #4

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Its also worth mentioning that the Naughtydog is releasing two special editions for the Last of Us Part II – both have sold out on most online game preorder sites. Most stores including Gamestop and EB Games have allocated copies that can still be preordered. The Last of Us 2 Deluxe “Ellie Edition” has a retail price of $230 and has been selling on ebay for $350 to $400. There is also a “Last of Us Part II Collectors Edition” that has sold out at most online retail stores.
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Last of Us Collectors Edition

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Unlike most PS3 games, there is one version of the Last of Us that still sells for a high price. Used copies of The Last of Us Survival Edition can still sell for $60 to $80. (non survival edition copies sell for under $10)
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Last of us Survival Edition
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