Age of the Reptiles: The Journey #3

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

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Story by
Ricardo Delgado
Art by
Ricardo Delgado
Colors by
Jim Campbell
Cover by
Ricardo Delgado
Publisher
Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price
$3.50 (USD)
Release Date
Mar 3rd, 2010

Wed, March 3rd, 2010 at 8:54PM (PST)


Unimpeded by clunky dialog, uneven narration, or awkward sound effects, Delgado's story of the dinosaurs' migration continues through these pages. With art eerily reminiscent of William Stout's, but much more jam-packed, this tale of the migration is a thing of beauty. With iguanodons, diplodocus (diplodocii?), ankylosaurs, triceratops, and many more, this blended herd is not dissimilar to today's great herds with wildebeests, Thompson's gazelles, and zebras all clustered together.

There is a scene where a baby ankylosaur meets a trio of triceratops while both are snacking on mushrooms. The four younglings are all after the same fungus, and the end result is all four spinning away from the treat with no reward. It's like a scene from an old Disney wildlife "documentary" featuring baby woodland creatures (no, not "Bambi," but one of the live action flicks Disney used to put out). The mothers of the young dinosaurs have an unspoken understanding, and it seems neither is welcome to hang out with the other.

Much like those nature shows, there is a tragic moment awaiting our stars in this issue as the blended herd of dinosaurs comes to a river packed with giant hungry crocodiles. It doesn't end well for some of the dinos. Delgado doesn't hesitate to share the carnage of the crocodilian feast, much in the same way the cameramen of today know the wildebeest are no match for an entire pack of hyenas.

Delgado's experience in cinema shines through as this story feels like a collection of storyboards to the lost scenes of "Jurassic Park" that never featured Jeff Goldblum or Sam Neill. This is a book that the creators of Discovery Channel's dinosaur speculation shows need to read. The dinosaurs here are lively creatures, sprung as much from imagination as they are from history.

This book is haunting in its apparent simplicity, but demands to be analyzed panel by panel to catch the details that have been there all along, but can only truly be discerned after hours of study. Without a single word, this book is easily one of the most intriguing pieces I've seen this year.