Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack #3 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Chaz Truog
Inks by Paul Fricke
Rafael dead, Grant and Ellie escape to civilization. But the
raptors have also escaped…into the Columbian jungle.
The three now free raptors chase and bring down a jaguar in the
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
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
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
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