"Redemption" Part 1
Jurassic Park #1 (IDW)
Written by Bob Shreck
Art by Nate Van Dyke
A) Tom Yeates B) Frank Miller
13 years after the failure at
Park, Lex continues to
fight to keep the islands isolated. Tim, meanwhile…does he have
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issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle
The story opens "two years ago" as we see that a now adult Tim
Murphy is working with an unknown person to engineer more
dinosaurs, apparently for a project similar to Jurassic Park.
In the "present day", Lex Murphy is the founder and CEO of Lexxcrops, a corporation that provides organically-grown vegetables to the
world. At the moment, she is making a speech to the UN to keep
both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna isolated, as they have been since
the original Jurassic Park debacle.
Elsewhere, we see that Drs. Wu and Backer are heading up the
dinosaur breeding project, secretly taking place underground at
Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, TX. That night, a
Carnotaurus escapes from the compound. Dr. Wu believes
it had to have been deliberately released by someone. The
escapee chomps down a wild wolf and then attacks a truckful of
cattle on the highway.
CONTINUED IN JURASSIC PARK: REDEMPTION #2
The title page on the inside front cover tells the reader the
story takes place 13 years after the first
Jurassic Park motion picture. But then the first page
of the story tells us the two-page prologue takes place "two
years ago" before page 4 brings us to "present day". So, was the
prologue 13 years after
Jurassic Park or just 11? Is "present
day" 13 or 15 years after
Jurassic Park? Either way,
the story does not take place in our present day of
2010 (when the mini-series was published). If we take the first
film's release date of 1993 as the time of the events on Isla
Nublar, then the "present day" of the story is either 2006 (for
13 years after) or 2008 (for 15 years after). (In
"Redemption" Part 5, Lex says that Peter Ludlow has been dead
for almost 12 years, his "death" having occurred at the end of
The Lost World which
was 4 years after
Jurassic Park; this 12-year figure since the events of
The Lost World seems
to coincide with the current story taking place 15 years after
the events of
Throughout the story, it is implied that John Hammond is no
longer living (and confirmed later in
"Redemption" Part 5), but when he died is not stated.
The cityscape on page 1, panel 1 is most likely that of
Washington D.C. from the presence of the tall obelisk which
appears to be the
On page 1, a young man is engaging in a video conference call on
his laptop computer. The unseen speaker on the call is
identified only as "sir", so we know it's a male. The speaker
refers to the young man as "Mr. Murphy", so given that it's
11-13 years after the events on Isla Nublar in
Jurassic Park, we can be fairly
sure that the young man is the now adult Tim Murphy from that
Also on page 1, Tim asks the man on the line, "...why the
Stephen Hawking routine?" Stephen Hawking is a
theoretical physicist and author who has a motor neuron disease
that has left him almost completely paralyzed and bound to using
an electronic wheelchair and voice
synthesizer. At this point, the meaning of Tim's question remains a mystery, as
does the caller. But later in the issue we see a man in a
wheelchair pulling the strings of the latest dinosaur cloning
project; it's revealed in
"Redemption" Part 3 that the man is the now mangled Peter Ludlow
from The Lost World.
On page 2, the caller implies that Tim has some kind of
influence in the government, though how is not stated. It must
be more than just money, because the caller's other statements
indicate he has money as well, but not the influence.
The picture Tim holds on page 2, panel 3 appears to be that of a
On page 4, the emblem on the pedestal provides us an early implication that Lex
is speaking before the United Nations.
The plaque in front of his microphone suggests that Ambassador
Arlind is from the country of Albania. Albania is a small
country in southeastern Europe.
Lex is the owner of Lexxcrops International, which is said to be
the world's leading supplier of organically-grown vegetable products
(carrying further the idea of Lex's vegetarianism as depicted in
Jurassic Park). Possibly the name
of the company is a play on Lexcorp, the company owned by Lex
Luthor in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics.
On page 5, Lex expresses that she is fighting to keep the two
islands, Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, contained because she seems
to fear that if dinosaurs were to spread through the modern
world, mankind itself could become extinct.
On page 6, we learn that Dr. Wu, whom we first met at Hammond's
hatching facility on Isla Nublar in
Jurassic Park (actor B.D. Wong),
is now working with the group secretly cloning new dinosaurs for
Tim and Ludlow's project.
Working with Dr. Wu is Professor
Backer. His name, character
background and art depiction is
obviously meant to be a
satirical representation of Dr.
Robert Bakker, the real world
paleontologist who was also the
inspiration for the character of
Robert Burke in
The Lost World who, again, looks
like Bakker! How many of these
guys are there?! The mention of
Backer's past in Wyoming is also reflective of Bakker.
(the real guy)
On pages 6-7, Dr. Wu is feeding some kind of unidentified sauropod dinosaurs.
On page 7, over the comlink, Wu's boss, presumably Ludlow again,
speaks of Backer in a derogatory manner, saying, "...if he is so
damn intelligent, why did we use Dr. Grant's theory to complete
the DNA sequence this time?" He may be referring to the filling
in of the holes in the recovered dino DNA with amphibian DNA as
Jurassic Park and that maybe now
they are using bird DNA for the purpose, based on Grant's belief
that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Is this then meant to
indicate that the amphibian DNA idea came from Backer in the
first place? (In "The Depths", it
was stated by Dr. Sorkin that it was Dr. Wu who came up with the
idea to use frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps of the
dino DNA that was recovered from the prehistoric insects trapped
Page 8 reveals that Lex's actual first name is Alexa.
Page 8 suggests that the world consensus was beginning to favor
reopening the infamous Jurassic Park, with Lex working to
prevent that (apparently successfully, with her speech).
Currently there is a multinational police force guarding the two
islands to prevent intrusion of people or escape by the animals.
The drawing of the UN Building in New York on page 8 is a fairly
accurate representation of the real thing.
On page 9, Lex comments, "No matter where you go...there you
are!" Possibly she has borrowed this quote from the 1984 cult
favorite film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the
Eighth Dimension, spoken by the title character.
Page 9 reveals that Tim has lost out on his bidding to purchase
his grandfather John Hammond's amber-topped cane, seen in
earlier JP stories.
Much of the story takes place in and around Glen Rose, Texas.
There is a real town by that name in Texas, though it's
population is much less than stated on the city entrance sign on
page 10, panel 1. The town has only a few thousand residents,
not 27,000 as stated here.
On page 10, we see a sign advertising a country fair coming
soon. This is a harbinger of the events that take place at the
country fair in
"Redemption" Part 4.
On page 10, Sheriff Delgado mentions San Bernardino. San
Bernardino is a real world city in California.
In my copy of this issue, the word balloon on the last panel of
page 10 is blank. I don't know if all copies were erroneously
printed this way or not.
On page 11, a truck drives past a sign stating, "REPENT! THE END
IS NIGH!" This sign is later seen on cover A of issue #3.
Page 11 reveals that the new dinosaur breeding lab is secretly
located underground inside
Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park
actually does exist in Glen Rose, Texas! Tim's fishy
conversation with a U.S. Senator on page 16 hints that he is the
one responsible for the arrangement of the park's use for this
On page 12, Lex mentions Lexxcrops operations in both Belize and
Henan. Belize is a country in Central America, Henan is a
province in China.
On page 13, Lex, aboard her corporate jet, witnesses a couple of
jet fighters chasing two pterosaurs through the air. She
remarks, "God-damned birds...they'll never get them."
Presumably, the pterosaurs that escaped Isla Sorna at the end of
Jurassic Park III (and seen in
Flyers) have bred and become
something of a nuisance in some parts of the world. This may
suggest that the later-published series
Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert actually takes
place before Redemption; for now though, I'm leaving Redemption
The Devils in the Desert in the chronology.
The grazing ceratopsians on pages 14-15 are Triceratops.
On page 15, the unnamed dino-herder ("Redemption"
Part 2 reveals it is actually Dodgson, the Biosyn employee previously
seen in Jurassic Park and the
novel of The Lost World;
although it's possible it's the son of Dodgson instead since he
seems a bit young) calls one of the Triceratops
both Beavis and Elsie. These are probably sarcastic references
to the 1993-1997 Beavis and Butt-head cartoon (about two stupid
teenage boys) and Elsie the Cow (the unofficial mascot of dairy
products made under the Borden brand name).
Page 16 reveals that Tim has donated money to a zoo, at
least a portion of which has been dedicated to his grandfather
with the name John Hammond's Pachyderm Paddock. In
Part 2, we learn it is the
Zoo in Washington D.C.
Lex's trip to Central America has brought her to one of
Lexxcrops' facilities in Paraiso, Costa Rica. Paraiso is a real
world city in that country and is known for the Finca la Flor de
Paraiso organic farm located there; perhaps Lexxcrops has
developed a relationship with the farm.
On page 17, Lex holds a copy of the New York Paste with
the headline "DINO DILEMMA DIFFUSED!!" regarding her recent
speech to the United Nations. The New York Paste
appears to be a fictional tabloid newspaper, probably inspired
by the New York Post. The headline's use of
"diffused" is either a misuse of the word in place of "defused"
or it may be an intentional play on words, as "diffused"
is sometimes used to refer to a lengthy speech. The New York Post
is known for occasionally engaging in this sort of wordplay.
Also on page 17, Lex comments that Dr. Grant is reluctant to get
involved in any more Jurassic Park debacles having been there
two too many times. Counting all the stories we've studied thus
far in the films, books, and Topps Comics issues, he's been there
many more times than that.
The theropod dinosaur that escapes from the breeding pens
appears to be a Carnotaurus judging by the horns above
its eyes. A
Carnotaurus previously appeared in
Prey as one of the dinosaurs on Isla
Sorna. (It also appeared in the novel of
The Lost World, but not
the film version.)
The dinosaurs the Carnotaurus
approaches on page 18, panel 3,
are actually two statues that
exist inside Dinosaur Valley
State Park (although colored
oppositely and a few of the
surrounding details are
Valley State Park (photo by
On page 20, a rancher hauling some cows in a flatbed truck is
trying to quiet down the animals as he stops to take a leak at
the side of the country road. He says to them, "Callate! No seas
tonto!" This is Spanish for "Shut up! Don't be silly!"
The depiction of the
Carnotaurus on page 21 seems larger than a real
one would be in comparison to the truck it's attacking.
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