Borderlands: Origins is a four issue comic series written by Mikey Neumann with art by Agustin Padilla, and published by IDW. The series delves into the origins of each of the four vault hunters in Borderlands, leading up to their arrival on Pandora and boarding Marcus Kincaid's bus to Fyrestone.
- Release Date: September 21st, 2012
As he waits for the bus, Roland remembers a mission he undertook for the Atlas Corporation on Pandora some time ago. Two hundred kilometers from New Haven, Roland reads a classified Atlas file. It specifically prohibits sergeants (Roland's rank) and below from reading it on pain of death. Later, Roland is with his squadmates. Aebri worries that she will be given a detriment on her file and be kicked out of the Crimson Lance for cooking a Scythid, but Roland says that he cleared her file. Scraps says that Roland can do whatever he wants because he does Higgins' dirty work. He points out how Roland subdued an entire town with a taco, but Boozer corrects him and says that Roland used only a taco wrapper, having eaten the taco himself.
Higgins, their boss, arrives and asks to speak to Roland. Away from the camp, Higgins demands to know if Roland read a file, which Roland denies. Higgins uses seemingly superhuman strength to slam Roland against a wall, which he reveals to be from cybernetic augmentation to his arm. As Roland continues to deny knowing about any file, Higgins says that he knows he can trust Roland now and assigns him to clear out creatures known as Crumblers from a location called the Collapsed Valley.
At the Collapsed Valley, Roland's squad discovers that the Crumblers are massive rhino-like creatures. The squad kills the two adults they encounter, but Aebri spares a young Crumbler and decides to maker it her pet, calling it "Cutie Horny Face" or "C.H.F." for short. Suddenly, Aebri is killed with a headshot from a sniper rifle fired by Higgins, who reveals that the mission was a ruse to eliminate Roland and his squad. Roland explains that Higgins had been embezzling from Atlas and planned to frame them for the crime using the file Roland stole. Higgins' team kills Scraps and Boozer, and Higgins shoots Roland in the shoulder. As Higgins taunts Roland over the death of his friends, Roland claims he will kill Higgins, no matter how long it takes. Higgins and his team then depart, leaving Roland to be eaten by Crumblers.
"Seven hundred and fourteen cycles later", Roland is at the bus stop. The bus arrives and Roland gets on board. The final panel shows a bloody purple tie, presumably owned by the late Higgins, lying on the ground.