Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack #4 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Chaz Truog
Inks by Paul Fricke
avenge the death of Lawala, Muldoon organizes a safari into the
Columbian jungle to track down the raptors.
As he leads them and a posse of natives into the jungle in
search of the raptors, Muldoon tells Grant and Ellie about how
he and Lawala became blood brothers.
Malcolm continues flirting with Ellie every chance he gets and
Ellie tells him, "At your rate we'll be close friends by the
year 2000." (This issue was published in 1994).
Muldoon spots the three raptors through binoculars on the other
side of a canyon spanned by a single rope and plank foot-bridge.
He is about to shoot the raptors from the distance when the
native tribesman suddenly emerge from the jungle and attack him
to protect their new gods. The raptors see the melee and run
across the bridge to attack the humans. Ellie is under attack by
Alf and Betty while Celia tries to stop them as she did in
"Animals/Men", but this
time they don't listen. Grant
shoots Betty to save Ellie. When the two remaining raptors see
the dead body of their sister they seem to decide that it's time
to retreat and survive. Re-crossing the bridge, they sever the
ropes from the other side with their teeth and claws.
TO BE CONTINUED IN JURASSIC PARK: RAPTORS HIJACK #1
In the "What Has Gone Before" summary of the story so far on the
inside front cover, it describes Muldoon learning that the
raptors had killed his blood brother George Lawala and so the
question of the apprehension of the escaped raptors becomes
"would they bring 'em back alive...or dead?" The phrase "bring 'em
back alive" is famous as the title of a book by Frank Buck, a
famous hunter and "collector of wild animals" in the first half
of the 20th century, similar to Muldoon in the JP universe.
On page 1, as the safari to catch the raptors is underway,
Malcolm is singing, "We're off to see the lizard, the wonderful
lizard of--" before Muldoon cuts him off. Obviously he is
parodying the title song of the classic 1939 film The Wizard
In a flashback scene of raptor memories of life on Isla Nublar,
we see a time when the mother raptor told her five younglings
about the "evil hairless apes" who might come and put
them in a cage like she had been. Then the younglings are seen
sleeping and dreaming about a hairless creature with simian
features imprisoning them. But how would either the adult or
young raptors know what an ape was? Apes were still tens of millions of
years from evolving when the dinosaurs inhabited the Earth and
so would have no genetic memory of them; and there are
presumably no apes on Isla Nublar in the present for them to
It's possible that writer Steve Englehart, well-known for
his Marvel Comics work, borrowed the term
"hairless ape" from the Howard the Duck comic books
published by Marvel. Howard is known to use that term to
On page 11, after relating the story of how he and Lawala became
blood brothers, Muldoon ends with "That's why his killers will
die." Muldoon is supposed to bring the raptors back alive if
possible, but it seems he may have tipped his hand that he
actually intends to kill them.
On page 14, Malcolm comments that Muldoon's recent comments
remind him of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men or
Bogart in The Caine Mutiny. Nicholson played a fierce
U.S. Marine Colonel in
A Few Good Men (1992) and Humphrey Bogart was the
paranoid captain of the Navy destroyer-minesweeper Caine in
The Caine Mutiny (1954).
On page 15, Malcolm avoids answering Ellie's question regarding
how many wives he's had by saying, "Chaos theory doesn't admit
to discrete integers." "Discrete integers" is probably a
reference to discrete mathematics, a real world area of study
that is part of many mathematical disciplines.
Also on page 15, Malcolm comments that, instead of spending time
with Ellie, Grant is "desperately seeking dinosaurs". This is
probably a reference to the 1985 film Desperately Seeking
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