"No Wimp's Land"
Return to Jurassic Park #3 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Joe Staton
Inks by Rich Rankin
and Biosyn groups join together for a trek through the jungle of
Isla Nublar to
the military base and the source of the Green Flame.
Making their way toward the Army base on Isla Nublar, the group
is attacked by a T. rex, who grabs Sonya in his jaws. Grant shoots
the rex in the eye and Sonya drops from the jaws of death as
the rex runs off in pain. Sonya is injured but, after first aid,
is able to continue.
Following Hammond's map, the group arrives at the river and,
after waiting for the cover of darkness, pulls a couple of
inflatable rafts out of a nearby maintenance shed and heads off
down the river. But the now one-eyed rex has followed and
wades through the waters after them. The dinosaur overturns the
two rafts, but continuous gunfire from the group finally causes
it to head back to the safety of shore.
The group arrives at a hill overlooking the base just in time to
see another burst of the mysterious green flame there. Wanting a
closer look, Edgar and Sonya head down to investigate further.
But shortly after they do, the rest of the group on top of the
hill is discovered by a squad of soldiers who threaten them
with interrogation and death.
TO BE CONTINUED IN RETURN TO JURASSIC PARK #4!
In many of the panels featuring the T. rex, the beast
is drawn a bit too large. He appears to be the size of Grumpy in
the original Land of the Lost
TV series, who was much larger than a real T. rex.
Grant shoots the rex in the right eye, leaving the beast
blind on that side. I wonder if Englehart was influenced at all
by Scarface, the T. rex in the 1990s version of
Land of the Lost,
who was also blind and scarred on his right eye.
On page 8, Sonya has been injured by the T. rex and has
some teeth punctures in her skin to prove it. Edgar asks Grant if
they are likely to become infected and Grant answers, "We don't
know enough. I doubt it, though." He doubts it? It seems I've
heard that bites from carnivores are often dangerous due to the
high level of bacteria often found in their mouths from decaying
meat stuck in their teeth. Also, the team is stuck in a hot,
tropical environment that is also well-known for the dangers of
infections of open wounds.
On page 9, some compys are scavenging the flesh of the human
remains of the soldiers killed earlier.
On page 11, the team reaches the river and, using the map
provided to them by Hammond, they find a nearby maintenance shed
where some inflatable rafts are stored. Then on pages 16-21, the
group is pursued down the river by the swimming T. rex.
Englehart may have borrowed the idea from Michael Crichton's
original JP novel, where
Grant, Tim, and Lex go through a very similar scenario.
On page 25, Raul comments, "Haldane said, 'The universe is not only
queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can--'". J.B.S.
Haldane (1892-1964) was a British scientist known for his many
memorable quotes on scientific topics. His complete quote here
is, "I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly
more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own
suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we
suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
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