Jurassic Park: Raptors Hijack #2 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Neil Vokes
Inks by Rich Rankin
retaliation against Biosyn starts an inter-corporate war with
our expedition caught in the middle.
The old woman researcher from last issue is revealed as Dr.
Belvedere, an expert in gorilla behavior and communication. She
had decided she'd learned everything there was to know about
gorillas in their natural habitat and so brought one to Brazil
and turned him loose to study his reactions in unfamiliar
surroundings. With the gorilla seemingly dead from a fall off a
cliff during a fight with the raptors in "The Wild", she turns
her attention to the raptors and manages to calm them with what
she has learned of their communicative motions and gestures and
makes them grudgingly accept her presence. We also learn via the
two men who are escorting her around the jungle in a helicopter,
that all three work for Biosyn.
In Cupertino, CA, a squad of saboteurs breaks into a Biosyn
facility in the middle of the night and plants a time bomb.
During the squad's retreat a firefight ensues between them and
Biosyn security guards. A number of men are killed or injured in
the fight. The bomb blows, destroying a building in the facility.
Shortly, the head of Biosyn, Bill Steingarten, calls John
Hammond at three in the morning, accusing him of the act.
Hammond seems unconcerned and quite pleased.
Back in the jungle, Celia begins building a nest...she's
carrying eggs. The two men waiting for Dr. Belvedere in the copter
receive a call from Steingarten to track down the nearby InGen
Muldoon, Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm...and kill them.
Meanwhile, Malcolm has come down with a fever while trekking
through the jungle. While the group tries to decide what to do about
Malcolm's condition, the Biosyn chopper suddenly swoops in
overhead and begins shooting at them. Muldoon manages to bring
the chopper down with a well-placed rifle shot, but the two men
survive. But not for long, as Muldoon takes care of them both.
Grant discovers that the radio was shot and destroyed in the
fight. They're cut off in the middle of the Amazon rain forest.
Back at the raptor nest, another Biosyn chopper arrives,
bringing Dr. Fischer, formerly of InGen, now working for Biosyn
with plans to have Dr. Belvedere assist him with building their
own version of Jurassic Park.
TO BE CONTINUED IN JURASSIC PARK: RAPTORS HIJACK #3
Page 6 depicts a Biosyn facility in Cupertino, CA. Cupertino is
a real city near San Francisco.
On page 10, Hammond appears to have fallen asleep reading
Michael Crichton's Congo in bed!
Jurassic Park movie,
Hammond seems to be a fairly nice, grandfatherly figure. In the
novel he is a bit darker and, in this issue, Englehart has planted
some of that darkness into him. Notice that Hammond's
retaliation against Biosyn seemingly results in the deaths of
several Biosyn guards about which Hammond seems unconcerned.
Notice that on page 18 Grant loses his hat during the dash from
the guns of the Biosyn helicopter and we don't see him with it
again for the rest of Raptors Hijack.
In his fever delusion Malcolm repeats a couple of famous quotes:
||"It's a jungle out
there."--not sure who originated
||"Nature, red in tooth and
claw."--Alfred, Lord Tennyson,
"In Memoriam A.H.H."
Fischer, the Biosyn man who choppers in to take charge of Dr.
Belvedere, is the same man who was representing InGen's
interests on Isla Nublar in
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