"Redemption" Part 2
Jurassic Park #2 (IDW)
Written by Bob Shreck
Art by Nate Van Dyke
A) Tom Yeates B) Arthur Adams
Carnotaurus wreaks havoc outside Glen Rose,
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Drs. Wu and Backer search for the escaped
. Meanwhile, the sheriff is
called in to investigate the mutilated cattle. As another day
passes, the carnage continues and Tim and Lex find themselves
separately drawn to Glen Rose to investigate the happenings.
At the breeding pens, Dodgson is apparently the culprit who
as we see him release another dinosaur, seemingly at the order
of Tim's mysterious business partner to get rid of the remaining
Back in the wild, Dr. Backer and his assistant no longer have to
hunt for the
. It has found them.
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The car on cover B, by Arthur Adams, has a license plate of
N-OV-02-10. This appears to be shorthand for November 2,
2010...election day in the United States. It can't be the date
the artwork was finished because this issue was published in
July of that year. The license plate design is probably meant to
give the impression of a Texas plate, given the presence of a
star at the bottom middle and lower right corner of the plate
(Texas is the Lone Star State); the story mostly takes place in
Glen Rose, Texas. If anyone knows what model the car is, drop me
an email; at first blush, you think it's an old VW Beetle, but
it's not (maybe an old Citroen or Champion?).
Throughout the issue, blood and other smudges in the artwork are
obviously made with fingerprints, for example, the sheriff's
At the scene of the "leftovers" of the Carnotaurus'
meal on page 3, the driver of the cattle truck tells the sheriff
he was "...enjoying the night sky and the next thing I knew
these very nice people were standing over me." "Enjoying
the night sky" is his euphemistic way of saying he was urinating at the side of the
road, as we know from "Redemption"
The sheriff says he's seen his share of cattle mutilations.
Cattle mutilations are the often unexplained killing and
mutilation of livestock (usually cattle, but some sheep and
horse mutilations are also known to have occurred). Despite the
strange circumstances and lack of evidence in the immediate
surroundings, skeptics often attribute mutilations to natural
decomposition or predators, while others believe the high
strangeness points to UFOs, government experiments, or cults.
The sheriff also pokes fun at the tourists who saw something
huge in the road the night before, asking them if they're sure
it wasn't little green men or Bigfoot. "Little green men" is a
colloquial reference to aliens from other planets and Bigfoot is
cryptozoological hominid some people believe lives (mostly) in
the American northwest.
Page 4 introduces us to the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
This plant actually exists in Glen Rose, TX. The drawing in
panel 1 is a fairly accurate representation of the layout of the
Also on page 4, some employees at the plant are arguing over a
romantic vampire film and a vegan blood-sucker. Possibly the
argument is over the Twilight series of films about
teenage vampires. Bill remarks that he'll take Christopher Lee
over these vampires; Lee portrayed Count Dracula in a series of
movies from Hammer Films in the 1950s-70s.
At the end of the vampire conversation, Bill refers to Andrea as
"Ange". Usually, this would be a nickname for someone named
"Angela", not "Andrea".
On page 8, the Carnotaurus hunts inside the
Wildlife Reserve. This is an actual reserve near Glen Rose.
On page 13, three panels show three different times in different
parts of the world: 1:30 P.M. in the UK, 7:30 A.M. in Costa
Rica, and 8:30 A.M. in New York. These are all accurate
reflections of the time zones in which these places lie, i.e.
Costa Rica is 1 hour behind New York time and 6 hours behind UK
Tim describes the primate he's brought as a guest on a morning
talk show as a bonobo. This is a real species of great ape.
On page 15, panel 3, Millie Stensin says, "Look at all the
blood!", referring to the blood left over after the Carnotaurus
attack on her ranch. Possibly this is a reference to Tim's same
statement in Jurassic Park when he sees a T. rex
eat a Gallimimus.
On the last panel of page 15, the senator holds up a copy of the
Glen Rose Reporter. This is the real name of the local
newspaper in Glen Rose. The headline of this issue reads
"CHUPACABRA OR ALIENS--LOCAL AUTHORITIES BAFFLED BY MULTIPLE
MUTILATIONS". The headline is referring to the possibility of
UFOs or cryptid animals being responsible for the cattle
mutilations of the past two days near Glen Rose; the drawing on
the cover page of the paper is a cartoonish, but fairly
accurate, depiction of the stereotypical UFOnaut (on the left)
and a chupacabras (on the right).
When the bonobo jumps on the senator, he exclaims, "Get this
damn dirty ape off me!" This is a reference to Charlton Heston's
line in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, "Take your
stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
Panels 1 and 2 of page 18 show what appears to be a
Dimetrodon, which is not a true dinosaur, but a pelychosaur,
which lived on Earth before the age of dinosaurs, 320-251
million years ago, the Late Carboniferous-Late Permian Periods.
Page 18 indicates Tim will be landing his private jet at Wyatt
3-rivers Airport. This is an actual private airfield in Glen
Also on page 18, the sheriff and his deputy are eating at a BBQ
diner called Hog Tired. As far as I can tell, this is a
On page 20, Backer describes the
Carnotaurus as being 25 feet long and weighing two
tons. The length is correct for an adult male as it existed in
the Late Cretaceous, but it's believed
to have only weighed one ton. The depiction of the Carnotaurus'
size in comparison to the truck and man on pages 21-22 is
larger than a real Carnotaurus would be, possibly due
to the genetic engineering performed to breed the beast, so that
may also explain the increased weight.
On page 21, Backer's assistant in hunting down the
Carnotaurus radios in to him that he is heading south
on Farm to Market towards downtown. Farm to Market is a real road leading
from the rural farming area to downtown Glen Rose.
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