"Dangerous Games" Part 1
Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games #1 (IDW)
Written by Erik Bear
Story Consultant: Greg Bear
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Covers by: (A) Geoff Darrow, (B) Jeff Zornow
A drug lord buys Isla Nublar from the Costa
Rican government and turns it into his headquarters.
Read a summary of the issue at the Jurassic Park Legacy website
Read a review of this
issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle
Notes from the Jurassic Park chronology
Since we see that dinosaurs are still thriving on Isla Nublar in
this story and they are allegedly gone in
"Death Lizards", I've placed the
Dangerous Games mini-series sometime after
"No-Man's Land" and
before "Death Lizards" in the
The ceratopsian dinosaur on cover A appears to be a
Triceratops. The pterosaur perched on top of it is hard to
identify; I'm not familiar with one that has the "horn" or bump
on the beak that this one has.
Cover B depicts Velociraptors attacking what is
probably an allosaur. The large carnosaur is not a tyrannosaur
since it has three-clawed forelimbs.
On page 2, Agent Espinoza meets with his contact in a bar in
Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the Central American country just north
of Costa Rica. Costa Rica, of course, is the now-former owner of
Also on page 2, Espinoza's contact informs him that Cazares has
bought the island from Costa Rica, implying that Cazares must be
paying off somebody in the UN. The UN is a reference to the United
Nations, an organization established to facilitate cooperation
and peace among the world's many countries. It would seem
that the U.S. is no longer involved with the island since it is
On page 4, one of Cazares' men says a CIA spook may have
infiltrated the cartel. The CIA is the
Intelligence Agency, one of the major intelligence agencies of the United
Judging by the waterfall in the background, the Isla Nublar
helipad on page 6 appears to be the same one seen in
Dumping Espinoza on Isla Nublar, the drug lord says, "Mister
Espinoza! Welcome to Jurassic Park!" This is a callback to John
Hammond's "Welcome to Jurassic Park" said to Drs. Grant and
On page 8 we see that Cazares has made use of the buildings and
vehicles of the original Jurassic Park.
The dinosaur pictured on page 8, panel 4, a stegosaurid, appears
to have a double row of parallel plates along its back, rather
than alternating plates, so it's not the most well-known stegosaurid,
On page 8, panel 5, one of Cazares' men appears to have a small
dinosaur (or large lizard) riding on his shoulder.
On page 9, Cazares feeds a fish to a fairly large, birdlike
creature with a forked tongue. Possibly this is an
Archaeopteryx, one of the links between dinosaurs and
Also on page 9, Cazares is sitting in a chair (almost a throne)
in the rotunda of the JP visitor center. The throne's frame appears to be made up of dinosaur bones.
Possibly these bones are those of the T. rex fossil
skeleton that once stood there before it was collapsed by the
weight of people and raptors jumping/hanging on it near the end
Jurassic Park. It is also likely that the carnosaur skull mounted behind Cazares'
throne is the same T. rex skull from that
The single row, staggered pattern of plates on the back of the
dinosaurs on pages 13-15 suggest it may be the classic
Page 15, panel 3 depicts several kinds of dinosaurs: some more
Triceratops; possibly a Centrosaurus; and
The dinosaurs drinking at the lake with Espinoza on page 16 are
a bit difficult to identify as they are depicted with a partial
covering of feathers, as is becoming popular in modern
depictions of many dinosaurs. Possibly these are Gallimimus.
The carnosaur on pages 16-18 is also hard to identify. It has
three-clawed hands, so it's not a tyrannosaurid.
The ceratopsian killed by the carnosaur on page 17 appears to be
The hadrosaur killed by Espinoza on page 19 appears to be a
I am not aware of a carnosaur that has the distinctive
sharp-boned crest on the skull displayed by the one on page 20,
but that doesn't mean there isn't one like it in the fossil
record. However, the crest seems to have disappeared
as it is attacked by the feathered raptors on page 22.
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