"Heirs to the Thunder"
Return to Jurassic Park #5 (Topps Comics)
Written by Tom & Mary Bierbaum
Pencils by Armando Gil
Inks by Fred Carillo and Steve Montano
Two Jurassic Park employees discover the “secret base”
of a mad scientist on the island genetically engineering
Two JP employees, Derrick and Abby, decide to go for a walk in
the Park when they notice one of the
geneticist Dr. Gustavus, loading some items into the back of a
Jeep. Inquisitive Abby tricks Derrick into distracting Gustavus
with some questions while she grabs up the briefcase he stuck in
the vehicle. As Gustavus irritatedly brushes them off and drives away,
Derrick and Abby discover a dinosaur egg in the briefcase.
Derrick recalls that Gustavus has been declaring eggs infertile
in the lab and saying he'll dispose of them.
They take a Jeep with plans to hide the egg in the employee
dorms until they can sneak into the lab that night to see what
is going on with the egg. But Gustavus' Jeep suddenly rams into them
from the side, recklessly forcing them off the road. Gustavus
takes back his briefcase and cuts Derrick on the cheek with his
knife, warning, "My apologies. The knife slipped. Next time
it'll slip deeper."
The next day, while Gustavus is scheduled, with the rest of the
bigwigs, to be meeting Dr. Alan Grant, the two follow his
previous day's tire tracks to a remote part of the jungle while
a storm approaches. They find a Quonset hut containing equipment
and several small, living dinosaur specimens in cages. Just
then, Gustavus shows up and shoots Derrick in the hand to stop
him from reporting back over the hut's radio setup.
Gustavus reveals to them that he has introduced a mutagenic
agent to his dinosaur eggs to create "superior" dinosaurs. The
mad doctor goes on to describe his communication with reptilian
beings in his dreams and his desire to create dinosaurs that
will experience eons of evolution within a few generations. He
then speaks of his intention to kill the two of them and feed
their bodies to the carnivores.
TO BE CONTINUED
mostly takes place about the same time as the storm in the movie
The shaded coloring does not make it easy to make out, but on
page 1, the engineer on the left-hand side of
panel 2 has a Jurassic Park mug on his desk and the image of a
couple of dinosaurs on his computer screen.
The small dinosaur running loose that seems to like Derrick is
presumably a Procompsognathus. We get no explanation
to why it would be running loose, but the JP novel does explain that
the compys are allowed to more-or-less roam the park because
they act as waste disposal, eating the droppings left by
herbivorous dinosaurs. Of course, we later learn in
The Lost World that compys
have a mildly poisonous bite and that bites from multiple individuals
in a pack can lead to quite a dangerous situation.
The dinosaurs in the immediate background of pages 2-3 appear to
be two species of hadrosaurids, Parasaurolophus and
(probably) Hypacrosaurus. Farther in the background, some
sauropods are visible but not identifiable by genus.
On page 3, Derrick says the little compy has breath that could
sink the Bismarck. The Bismarck was a German
battleship in WWII, the largest warship in the world at the
time. It was pummeled by the artillery of heavy British units
for almost 2 hours before sinking on May 27, 1941.
In panel 2 of page 5, Dr. Gustavus is depicted with yellow
teeth! At first I thought it was an intentional choice to
possibly indicate a lack of personal hygiene on his part, but
all other depictions of him show white teeth.
The sauropods in the background of page 6, panel 1 are probably
On page 10, half of a Jurassic Park poster can be seen on the
wall of Derrick's quarters.
The bird flying in the foreground of page 11, panel 3, looks
like it's intended to be an Archaeopteryx, an extinct
bird from the late Jurassic period. Is this another example of
cloned prehistoric creatures being allowed to roam free on the
There is no indication in the story that Gustavus' lair is
inside an aviary. Free-flying prehistoric birds seem like a
particularly bad idea since they could conceivably fly away from
the island and reach the mainland!
When they discover Dr. Gustavus' lair on page 11, Derrick says
it looks like some kind of tin-plated cabana. It actually
appears to be a Quonset hut.
Quonset huts were introduced by the U.S. Navy during WWII as a
lightweight, easy to ship and assemble building for housing
offices, barracks, latrines and medical facilities. Surplus huts
were also sold throughout the U.S. after the war and can still
be seen in many parts of the country.
Upon entering Gustavus' equipment-filled hut on page 12, Abby
says, "That nut-cluster's got his own private Batcave!" This, of
course, is a reference to the well-equipped cavern called the
Batcave used by Batman in DC comic books (and other media).
the splash page covering pages
12-13, there are a number
of interesting items and
dinosaurs in Gustavus' hut. Many
of the dinosaurs are identified
by Gustavus on page 16.
In the bottom center of the
spread, there is a cage
containing some small, beaked
dinosaurs which Gustavus
indentifies on page 16 as
Leaellynasaura. He mentions
that his mutant version has
heightened intelligence. They
appear to be interested in toys.
One of the creatures has a ball
in its forelimbs and the other a
baby doll! Another ball is
sitting unused in the cage as
13, behind the "watchdog-sized"
Triceratops cage, is a
cage with what appears to be a
furry mammalian creature.
Perhaps the JP scientists have
cloned some non-dinosaur
prehistoric animals as well?
hanging cage next to the
Pterodactyls, is what appears to
be a carnosaur with a plate-like
formation on the bridge of its
nose. This may be a mutant
bottom of page 13 there is what
looks like a computer server
tower with the word or name "Lilie"
scrawled on the front of it. We
do not get an explanation of
what this means.
lower-middle of page 13, there
is a spinner rack of test tubes.
These may be embryo test tubes
as seen in the
Jurassic Park movie.
next to the test tubes is a book
that appears to be called
Jurassic Triassic by Evans.
I am not aware of any book by
that name/author. Possibly the
book would be related to the
The dream vision seen by the insane Dr. Gustavus on page 17
includes a being that looks similar to the so-called Greys of
alien abduction phenomenon. Perhaps there is some connection to
these alleged aliens and the seemingly UFO-related research of
the U.S. Army depicted in Return to Jurassic Park
Notes from The Jurassic Page
The Jurassic Page is the title of the letter column that
appeared in the Return to Jurassic Park comic book
series. In this issue, a letter writer named Salvador Gonzalez
asked if Tim and Lex would return. The editor's answer was yes,
they would be back in #10 of Return to Jurassic Park.
Unfortunately the series was placed on hiatus after #9 in 1996
and never returned.
The Jurassic Page of issue #8 reveals that the t-shirt worn by
Derrick in the second half of this issue (#5) and in #6, is the
"I Survived Hurricane Iniki" shirt given to crewmembers of the
original Jurassic Park film after that storm struck
Hawaii during filming. The Jurassic Page of The Lost World
#2 (the four-issue mini-series adaptation of the JP sequel film)
more specifically gives the T-shirt quote as saying "Hurricane
Iniki: Survivor '92".
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