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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"Civilization"
Jurassic Park: Raptors Hijack #2 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Neil Vokes
Inks by Rich Rankin
Cover by Michael Golden

Hammond’s retaliation against Biosyn starts an inter-corporate war with our expedition caught in the middle.

Story Summary

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 expedition of 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

 

Didja Notice? 

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!

In the 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 this quote    
  "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 "Aftershocks"

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