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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"Animals/Gods"
Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack #3 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Chaz Truog
Inks by Paul Fricke
Cover by Michael Golden

With Rafael dead, Grant and Ellie escape to civilization. But the raptors have also escaped…into the Columbian jungle.

Story Summary

The three now free raptors chase and bring down a jaguar in the jungle.

Meanwhile, after an 18-hour walk through the jungle, Grant and Ellie have made it to civilization. Soon they are reunited with Malcolm and Muldoon, who have been assisting the local military with the search for the two scientists and the raptors. When Muldoon hears that it was George Lawala who captured them and the raptors from Isla Nublar, he reveals that Lawala was his blood brother. But our heroes notice that some kind of flu bug is going around the town. Unknown to them, the three young raptors seem to have it too.

In the jungle, a primitive native tribe has encountered the raptors and leaves them an animal sacrifice and golden idols in worship of the strange creatures as gods. They witness the raptors growing weak and sick from the illness.

Back in the city, Ian Malcolm makes it clear to Ellie that he is still interested in her and is looking forward to spending extended time with her as they all search for the missing raptors.

The native tribe concocts a brew which they feed to the dying raptors. The next morning the raptors seem to have recovered and the tribespeople bow down in worship in front of them. The raptors kill them, then run off into the jungle.

TO BE CONTINUED IN JURASSIC PARK: RAPTORS ATTACK #4

 

Didja Notice? 

The scattering birds on the cover of this issue appear to be scarlet macaws, indigenous to the American tropics.

In the "What Has Gone Before" summary of the story so far on the inside front cover, the chaos caused by Rafael and the raptors in Puerto Miranda in "Animals/Men" is referred to as having occurred in a Columbian town. As I mentioned in the study of "Animals/Men", the real world city of Puerto Miranda is actually located in neighboring Venezuela.

The predator cat chased down by the raptors on pages 1-3 is a jaguar, the largest big cat of the Americas.

On page 6, Malcolm is about to quote Mark Twain but decides the quote is way overused. The quote he was thinking of is undoubtedly "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," though there are other versions of exactly how he phrased it (it was spoken by Twain to a reporter in 1897).

Muldoon explains his survival on page 6 to Grant and Ellie, saying, "The raptors and I were hunting each other. They tried to draw me into traps--I sprang the traps to get a closer shot at them--we were both too smart to get caught, so it kept on!" This does not sound like what we saw in the movie though. We saw a raptor pounce on top of him with her mouth open so wide as to engulf Muldoon's head and one of the hind feet appearing to be on his stomach, as described previously in the Jurassic Park study.

Muldoon goes on to comment, "By the time I got back you all had been evacuated. Then I was evacuated and you all came back! A comedy of errors," to which Malcolm corrects, "Chaos theory."

Malcolm's explanation of chaos theory on page 8 sounds like the opposite of chaos theory as he had previously explained it in Jurassic Park. The way it's explained in this issue sounds more like von Neumann's theory; von Neumann believed that if enough data could be gathered about any natural phenomenon, such as weather, then computers analyzing those vast amounts of data would be able to accurately predict the actions and consequences of that phenomenon.

On page 14, the number of raptors captured by Lawala in "Aftershocks" is mistakenly given as six. When found in the cave, there were six, one adult and five young adults; Lawala killed the adult and took only the five youths.

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