Jurassic Park #0 (Topps Comics)
Written by Walter Simonson
Pencils by Gil Kane
Inks by Dick Giordano
park’s systems programmer, Dennis Nedry, sees what is really
happening on the island, he begins to believe he underbid for
A helicopter brings Dennis Nedry to Isla Nublar for the first
time and he still does not know what the park is all about.
Hammond gives him a tour of the facilities and Nedry feigns
interest but is thinking sarcastic remarks in his head. Finally,
Hammond drives him in a Jeep to see a herd of Triceratops and Nedry realizes there are living dinosaurs being produced on the
island. This place will make a fortune and he begins to think he
underbid for his work there. Later, Nedry and Hammond have
their first of many arguments about Nedry's compensation.
8 weeks later, Nedry finally realizes the key to the park is the
collection of dinosaur embryos. A couple weeks after that, he
uses his skills to rig a backdoor way to turn off the computer
logs when necessary so no one will know when he makes his illicit move. Then he places a call to a rival corporation
The story opens with Dennis Nedry's first arrival at Isla Nublar,
then jumps ahead 8 weeks when most of the computer networking
has been completed, and then another 2 weeks after that when
he makes his phone call to one of Ingen's business rivals to
discuss the embryos shortly before the start of the
The cover of this comic is nice and exciting but has nothing to
do with the story inside!
On page 1, the helicopter flying Nedry in to the island has
"JURASSIC PARK" painted on the side. It seems unlikely Hammond
would have a JP logo on the copter where people could see it
since the park is still top secret and in its formative stages.
Hammond is carrying a standard cane in this story instead of the
one with the amber knob on top. At this point in "Betrayal" it
is more than 10 weeks before the events of the JP movie, so perhaps
he'd not had it made yet? Later, in
"Jurassic Jam", we see he does have the amber knob on his
On page 3, Nedry is wondering if he can fake Montezuma's Revenge and
catch the next chopper off the island. Montezuma's Revenge is
a severe case of diarrhea sometimes contracted by tourists
traveling in Mexico.
On page 5, panel 1, there is a strange, large device with an
image of a carnosaur head seemingly projected in the middle of a
tube. Is it part of a tour exhibit?
Hammond's speech on page 5, panel 4, seems to indicate that
Nedry is employed at a university when he is not consulting on
computer networks for Ingen or other corporations. (In the JP
novel, Nedry is a project supervisor from
Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.)
Nedry's speech on page 6, panel 5, indicates he is already
making four times his usual rate for the work he's doing at
Jurassic Park. But he's still not satisfied!
On page 7, Nedry uses the term "warp speed". "Warp" refers to
breaking the speed of light in the way "mach" refers to breaking
the speed of sound. The term was popularized by the TV series
Also on page 7, Nedry imagines all the different versions of
Jurassic Park a rival corporation could create with their own
supply of dinosaur embryos: Cretaceous County, Mesozoic
Metropolis, and DinoDisneyland.
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