Return to Jurassic Park #9 (Topps Comics)
Plot by Keith Giffen and Dwight Jon Zimmerman
Written by Renee Witterstaetter
Art by Keith Akin, June Brigman, Pat Broderick, Jeff Butler,
John Byrne, Paul Chadwick, Mike DeCarlo, Mike Docherty, Kelley
Freas, Kerry Gammill, Michael Golden, Paul Gulacy, Cully Hamner,
Adam Hughes, Rafael Kayanan, Ron Lim, Aaron Lopresti, Kevin
Maguire, Rick Magyar, Gary Martin, Steve Montano, Mitch
O'Connell, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jason Pearson, George Perez, Roy
Richardson, Walter Simonson, Bob Smith, Brian Stelfreeze, Mike
park comes closer to completion, security and safety failures
foreshadow bigger problems in the future.
As the park is gradually being completed, a park engineer named
Murillo is complaining to the park's animal wrangler, Robert
Muldoon, about his paranoia regarding the dinosaurs. Murillo
seems convinced the technology keeping the animals in line is
failsafe. Muldoon continues to have his doubts.
Suddenly the Command Center reads that the power has gone out on
the T. rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaur
paddocks. Not knowing what could have caused it, the panicky
technicians call for head programmer Dennis Nedry...who is
nowhere to be found. He has decided to sneak an afternoon off
and go down to the beach.
Meanwhile, the rex breaks out of her paddock and goes
after the stegosaurs. Muldoon and Murillo are racing along the
island to help when a rampaging herd of stegosaurs knocks their
Jeep over. Murillo is killed in the crash. Muldoon flags down
another passing Jeep.
As all this is happening, a helicopter suddenly flies to the
landing pad of the island. John Hammond is paying a surprise
Muldoon manages to use a tranquilizer rifle on the stampeding
stegosaurs, knocking them out. But the rex is nearby
and comes stomping out of the jungle, crushing Muldoon's second
Jeep and killing one of the men while Muldoon leaps clear. The
rex busies herself with consuming one of the tranqed
In the Command Center, Nedry has made it back and reports that
the power outage to the pens was the result of rats chewing on
the cables. Hammond is disgusted with the news and with Nedry
who doesn't seem to care about the loss of life that occurred,
who only asks, "Do I get a bonus for figuring it out?"
Later, Muldoon has corralled all of the loose dinos, including
the rex, who now looks at him angrily from his
Hammond discusses the incident with Muldoon who tells Hammond it
could have been worse. "We could have had those little
babies on the loose," he says, gesturing toward the raptor pen.
This issue of
Return to Jurassic Park is what is referred to in the
comic book industry as a "jam issue", an issue in which each
page of the comic is drawn by a different artist. Thus, the
story's title "Jurassic Jam" has a double meaning: the jam the
park gets into in the story and the jam of artists drawing the
Due to artistic license of the artists drawing this story, the
characters' clothing and affects occasionally change from page
to page. I will point out these discrepancies as they occur.
On page 1 we see the framework of the Jurassic Park gateway
still under construction, placing this story before
"Sneakers" which shows the gate
Also on page 1, artist Pat Broderick signed his artwork on the
back of a sign appearing in the bottom left corner of the page.
Page 2, with art by Kelly Freas, seems to be fairly whimsical,
with dinosaur activity taking place in the background. In the
foreground of panel 1, some kind of small, unusual lizard is
seen sitting along a rim on a planter in the park. In the
background of panel 2, a JP employee is leading what may be a
Gallimimus on a rein. In the background of panel 3,
there appears to be a pink dinosaur reacting against a man
trying to herd it and in the foreground a somewhat silly-looking
lizard is sitting nose-to-nose with a mouse or rat.
On page 2, Murillo's glasses are black and round-rimmed; on
subsequent pages they appear to be gold-colored and
square-rimmed. Also, both Murillo and Muldoon are wearing
different outfits on page 2 than elsewhere.
On page 3, Murillo mentions the Jason and Leatherface movies.
This is a reference to the Friday the 13th and
Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film franchises,
On page 4 a man in Central Command appears to be wearing a
Batman IV t-shirt with the word "The" visible beneath the
bat logo. The fourth Batman movie of the time was
called Batman and Robin (the issue is dated 1996,
Batman and Robin came out in 1997). On page 6,
the "IV" has disappeared from the bat logo of his shirt.
On page 6, artist Paul Gulacy signed his artwork with the
initials PG, appearing similar to the PG (Parental Guidance)
rating logo of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Artist Paul Chadwick signed his artwork in the bottom right
corner of panel 4, page 10.
There might be the hidden signature of artist John Byrne in the
bottom right corner of panel 2 on page 13. Byrne returns to JP
comics as both artist and writer of
Devils in the Desert.
On page 17, one of the men in the Jeep, referring to the
escaped T. rex, asks Muldoon, "Where should we
start looking for his royal highness anyway?" He should have
said "her royal highness" since all the dinosaurs in
the park have been genetically engineered to be female.
Artist Jeff Butler signed his artwork on the bottom of panel 1,
On page 19, John Hammond is holding the same cane with a knob of
amber on the top as seen in the movie Jurassic Park.
By the end of the story all of the loose dinos have been herded
back into their pens. On the last page there is a foreshadowing
of the events of the
Jurassic Park film when Muldoon
tells Hammond it could have been worse. "We could have had
those little babies on the loose," he says gesturing toward
the raptor pen.
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