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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"Devils in the Desert" Part 2
Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert #2 (IDW)
Story and Art by John Byrne
Cover by John Byrne

Sheriff and FBI versus Pteranodons!

Read the story summary of this issue at Jurassic Park Legacy

Read a review of this issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle

Didja Notice? 

On page 5, Monica remarks that the dinosaurs bred by InGen on the two islands are still alive and breeding. In the case of Isla Nublar, this goes against what was stated in "Death Lizards", that the dinosaurs on that island are gone now. And if Isla Nublar still has living dinosaurs on it as well, why is all the focus on Isla Sorna? Perhaps Isla Nublar is still under the control of the U.S. military as seen previously in the various Topps Comics mini-series? (Although the Dangerous Games mini-series from IDW suggests the U.S. military is no longer on the island.)

Also on page 5, Monica comments on how, in the Spring, the prevailing winds blow from south of the equator across southern California. This is generally true.

Again on page 5, Monica mentions that she saw Alan Grant give a lecture a few years back where he called the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park "genetically engineered theme park monsters." This is from his lecture near the start of Jurassic Park III (although it's possible Monica was not at that exact lecture and Grant just used essentially that same speech in a number of presentations across the country).

On page 13, Tom Gilmore, presumably a fellow FBI agent, tells Agent Harding that the survivor of the British hiking group said that they were attacked by a flock of dinosaurs up on Morton Ridge. The only real world Morton Ridge I have been able to find in the southwest (as determined by the desert terrain and flora last issue) is in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California; but the area is semi-forest, not desert. (I oughta know, living in the area myself!).

On page 17, Monica remarks on the fact that real Pteranodons did not have teeth, while these genetically modified ones they've discovered do. Pteranodon, in fact, means "wing without tooth", because most pterosaurs did have teeth. But the Pteranodons depicted in Jurassic Park III also do not have teeth! So how did the ones here acquire them? And how does Monica know these ones have teeth...she hasn't seen them yet. Possibly she is basing her conclusion on evidence from the torn up carcasses of humans and cattle from the area.

Before Agent Harding is attacked by a surviving Pteranodon on panel 1 of page 22, notice that a fairly subtle hint of it's approach is seen in the bottom right corner of page 21. 

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