"Redemption" Part 3
Jurassic Park #3 (IDW)
Written by Bob Shreck
Art by Nate Van Dyke
A) Tom Yeates B) Paul Pope
Tim and Lex begin independent investigations
of the goings-on in Glen Rose.
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Dr. Wu is dead, killed and mostly eaten by a pack of
released by Dodgson last issue. Meanwhile, Tim, Lex, and Mr.
Would all arrive in Glen Rose and the Carnotaurus
stampedes a heard of young sauropods through town as events
Tim is upset with his mysterious partner when he learns that he
has been illegally grazing the herbivores on Lexxcrops fields
near the breeding pens at Dinosaur Valley State Park. He
confronts the wheelchair-bound schemer and learns that the man
is actually his disfigured (and, apparently, insane) uncle,
JURASSIC PARK: REDEMPTION #4
Cover B depicts a loose Dimetrodon which has made
itself at home on top of a sedan in a used car lot, a scene
which does not occur in the mini-series (though a
Dimetrodon is seen in the breeding lab). The
make or model of the car appears to say "PULPHOPE", a play on
the artist's name, Paul Pope; he has a book titled Pulphope:
The Art of Paul Pope. The license plate on the vehicle
reads 3MARIO; I don't know what the significance is, if any.
The splashpage on Page 1 tricks the reader into thinking an
armored dinosaur such as Ankylosaurus is on the loose,
but the next page reveals it to be just an armadillo.
On page 2, Tim learns from his assistant, Suzie, that a Mr. L.
Would outbid him for his grandfather's cane. This is a hint at
the identity of the bidder, as "L. Would" is an anagram of
Ludlow, who is revealed to us as Tim's mysterious partner in the
dinosaur breeding venture at the end of this issue.
Tim tells Suzie that, if Lex calls, to tell her he's at the
Fosse Conference in South Africa. I'm not sure what this would
refer to. Possibly, "Fosse" is a misspelling of "Fossey", i.e.
Dian Fossey, the American zoologist known for her extensive
study of African gorillas.
On page 3, panel 1, the mystery man's vehicle appears to be a
Hummer, a civilian version of the military Humvee made by
On page 3 we learn that Dr. Wu was killed by the dinosaur
Dodgson let loose in the breeding center in
"Redemption" Part 2, a
Gracilisuchus according to Backer. Gracilisuchus
was a small crurotarsan (related to crocodilians) and was only
about a foot in length, so there must have been a number of them
in order to overwhelm Dr. Wu so thoroughly and devour his body
as Dodgson states. However, the clawed foot, which is all we saw
of the creature emerging from the cage in
"Redemption" Part 2 appeared
much larger. Possibly, the discrepancy can be chalked up to the
non-species DNA that is presumably being used to fill the gene
sequence gaps as in Jurassic Park,
thus making mutant animals that may be larger than their
prehistoric counterparts (this mutant factor is also suggested
in the Dinosaur Data cards bound into the
On page 4, Jaamise remarks that Dinosaur World is right across
the road from
Dinosaur Valley State Park.
World is a chain of dinosaur-themed amusement parks, one of
which is in Glen Rose, TX, just down the road from the State
Park and features numerous dinosaur statues; currently there are
also Dinosaur World parks in Plant City, Florida and Cave City,
Also on page 4, Jaamise refers to Sheriff Delgado as T.J.
Hooker. This is a reference to the cop character played by
William Shatner on the 1982-1986 TV series
On page 6, Jed tells the sheriff that Lexxcrops personnel
followed the animal (dinosaur) tracks, but they disappeared just
before coming to Route 65. There does not appear to be a Route
65 in the Glen Rose area; perhaps he meant Route 67, which does
exist there? There is a Route 65 near Stowell, TX, but that is
farther south in the state.
Also on page 6, Sheriff Delgado remarks, "Now that's one big
pile of shit, even for Texas!" Besides the requisite "everything
is bigger in Texas" joke, the line is a reference to Ian
Malcolm's similar line in
Jurassic Park. Listen:
On page 7, Dr. Backer seems to refer to the loose
Carnotaurus as "the worst the world has ever seen" in terms
of predators. It seems like most people would nominate either
rex or Velociraptor instead. Of course, Backer's not most
people, he's a paleontologist...but then, what does he know
Carnotaurus that we don't?
Also on page 7, Mr. Would mentions the Mussaurus
paddock. Mussaurus was a small, herbivorous dinosaur of
the Late Triassic.
On page 8, notice that the ducks fly away off the body of water
in panel 6, a harbinger of the emergence of the gigantic,
prehistoric marine lizard that threatens the nuclear plant
employee on page 9.
Page 10, panel 1 seems to establish that Tim knows his
mysterious partner by the name Mr. Would. But on page 2,
he said he didn't recognize the name "Mr. L. Would" when his
assistant Suzie told him that was who had outbid him for his
On page 12, Sheriff Delgado says to the group preparing for
their evening stakeout that he hopes they brought plenty of
Wrigley's, likely a reference to the assorted brands of
Wrigley's chewing gum.
On page 13, Dodgson refers to the sauropods he has to take
outside for grazing as Flintstones rejects. This is a
reference to the 1960-1966 animated comedy TV series about a
Stone Age family and friends who coexist with dinosaurs. The
Flintstone family had a youthful sauropod pet named Dino.
On page 14, Sheriff Delgado jokingly refers to the escaped
rhinoceros as a Texas salamander, again invoking the
"everything is bigger in Texas" rule. There is, however, a real
animal known as the Texas salamander, but it only grows to 2-4
inches in length.
On page 15, we see a local bar called the High Dive. As far as I
can tell, this is a fictional establishment.
At the High Dive, the cattle-truck driver from
"Redemption" Part 2
refers to the out-of-towner he saw on the night his cattle
were attacked as a bolillo. "Bolillo" is a slur used by some
Latin Americans in reference to Anglos.
Also at the High Dive, the truck driver's friend says, "Que suda?!"
I don't really understand what this means, literally meaning
"What do you exude?" in Spanish. If someone has a better
translation, please let me know!
On page 16, panel 1, we can see, for the first time, that
Ludlow's electric wheelchair has the amber top of John Hammond's
old cane on it as the joystick for steering it.
Leaving the High Dive on page 19, the truck driver says, "No
manches," Spanish for "no spots", possibly referring to what he
feels is his low level of inebriation. He also says he has to
get to "mi casa", which is "my house" in Spanish, and "borracho",
which is "drunk".
On page 20, the truck driver's friend says, "Holy guano!" as the
Carnotaurus chases the young sauropods down the
"Guano" is the excrement of assorted types of bats and seabirds,
often used as fertilizer, so he is basically saying, "Holy
On page 21, the
Carnotaurus grabs up a young sauropod on the street in
front of Hawken Hardware. As far as I can tell, this is a
The last page of the issue finally reveals to us (and Tim) that
Mr. Would is really Tim's uncle, Peter Ludlow, who was mauled by
the father and son Tyrannosaurs at the end of
The Lost World.
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