"Photo Finish" Part 1
Return to Jurassic Park #7 (Topps Comics)
Written by Tom and Mary Bierbaum
Pencils by Armando Gil
Inks by Steve Montano
Army gains control of Isla Nublar and Derek and Abby return as
part of the InGen crew.
Not long after the U.S. Army takes over Isla Nublar, Abby and
Derrick (last seen in
the Thunder" Part 2) return to the island to assist in
the efforts to care for the dinosaurs. Abby, in her usual
obnoxious fashion, quickly makes an adversary of General West.
While out in the field, Abby witnesses two Army helicopter
pilots, Bieber and Shandy, taking pictures of the dinosaurs,
despite the fact that all cameras have been forbidden on the
island by the General. Abby turns them in and the General has
their belongings and the copter searched, but no evidence is
found. The two pilots turn things around and tell the General it
was they who saw Abby behaving suspiciously in a restricted
area. The General has his men search Abby's quarters and a
camera with exposed film is found. She protests that Bieber and
Shandy must have planted it to frame her. But the General isn't
having her excuses and has her evicted from the island.
Bieber and Shandy themselves are assigned to fly her back to the
mainland and she quickly surmises that they must have the real
film rolls hidden in the mail bag on board where they can be
retrieved away from the General's prying eyes. She grabs the
mailbag and throws it out the door, where it lands in the
jungle. The pilots circle around and land to search for the bag
and Abby manages to use her self-defense skills against the two
and make her escape.
Quickly, she runs to the employees' dormitory and grabs Derrick,
telling him, "You and I are gonna prove I'm innocent."
TO BE CONTINUED IN RETURN TO JURASSIC PARK #8
I have placed the "Photo Finish" story in between issues 1 and 2
of Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack ("Rush"
and "Animals/Men") because this story
appears to take place around the same time as Grant and Ellie's
imprisonment in Rafael's Columbian compound.
As the helicopter carrying Derrick and Abby flies over the
coastline of Isla Nublar, there appears to still be some
remnants of Dr. Gustavus' Quonset hut (which slid down the cliff
into the sea in "Heirs to
the Thunder" Part 2) being battered by the tide on page 1,
The dinosaur looking up at the copter on page 1, panel 5 may be
a compy (Procompsognathus).
The dinosaurs on pages 2-3 are Brachiosaurs.
The dinosaurs on page 4 appear to be Parasaurolophus.
The bipedal, sail-backed dinos on page 6 may be a species of
On page 6, panel 6, the friendly
Ouranosaur who was licking
Derrick's face now appears to be rubbing its head on him, like a
cat. Cats perform this action not only as a sign of affection,
but because they have scent glands on their head that help them
to mark something as "theirs". Perhaps this dinosaur is engaging
in similar behavior.
The dinosaur on page 7 is a Triceratops.
The dinosaurs running in the foreground of page 9, panel 2 may
be compys again.
On page 9, General West tells us that the tabloids have been
offering thousands of dollars for pictures of what is on Isla
On page 10, panel 2, General West appears to have a
dinosaur-themed pen holder in his office on the island. Probably
it is a leftover decoration from InGen's occupation of the
On page 12 we learn that Abby's last name is Nakajima.
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