"Redemption" Part 5
Jurassic Park #5 (IDW)
Written by Bob Shreck
Art by Nate Van Dyke
A) Tom Yeates B) William Stout
Dinosaurs on the loose in Glen Rose and a
Giganotosaurus about to stomp through the local
nuclear power plant! Not. Good.
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Picking up from last issue, Dr. Backer and the Army personnel
save Grant from the
Allosaurus. The dino roundup is beginning to
bear fruit, but Sheriff Delgado is injured by a carnivore in the
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, a large prehistoric marine lizard
is beginning to cause damage on the plant grounds and a watchman
sounds the hazard alarm. The alarm sound is heard in town and it
attracts the attention of a
Giganotosaurus, who mistakes it for the call of
a mate and begins heading for the plant. With cell towers and
phone lines down from the recent rampage, no one is able to
communicate with the plant to shut down the alarm. Our heroes
head out in a couple of trucks in an attempt to reach the plant
to shut off the alarm before the
Giganotosaurus can get there and wreck the
plant, releasing radiation and causing a meltdown. They beat the
Giganotosaurus there and see a marine lizard
in the nearby waters as well.
Unable to communicate with the people inside the plant, Lex
begins trying to break the security code on the door to get
inside. While she attempts this, Tim is forced to distract the
Giganotosaurus in one of the trucks. Lex somehow
manages to crack the code and get inside the plant and the
watchman shuts off the alarm. Back outside, the beast manages to
flip Tim's vehicle and all seems hopeless for poor Tim when the
Giganotosaurus is suddenly attacked by a pack of
raptors. During the battle the beast stumbles in the waters of
the lake and the marine lizard also joins in the attack, taking
Two weeks later, Lex and Tim visit their grandfather's tomb and
Tim leaves the piece of amber from his old cane. Lex tells Tim
that their grandfather would have been proud that he tried to
right his wrongs, just like he did.
Like the last page of
"Redemption" Part 4, cover A of
this issue may have been inspired by the 1969 film, The
Valley of Gwangi, about cowboys who discover a lost valley
filled with dinosaurs. A scene of the cowboys lassoing an
Allosaurus occurs in the film. In the "Story So Far"
paragraph on the inside front cover of this issue, it is
revealed that this carnosaur is also an Allosaurus.
On page 1, the Army troops use some kind of sonic guns that
produce sound waves to knock out many of the dinosaurs. These
may be similar to the
sonic cannon carried by Isla Sorna security chief Deborah
Holland in Prey.
On page 6, Grant identifies a Giganotosaurus on the
loose. This was a real theropod dinosaur, fossils of which were
first discovered in 1993. It is larger than T. rex but
smaller than Spinosaurus.
Giganotosaurus hears the alarm from the
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant and, according to Grant,
thinks it's its mate calling. This seems odd in that, having
been a captive in Ludlow's breeding lab, it probably did not
have a mate. Potentially, it is simply reacting instinctively to
what it thinks is the call of an opposite sex member of its
species. The concept probably comes from the 1951 Ray Bradbury
short story "The Fog Horn", in which a sea monster is attracted
to the sound of a lighthouse foghorn, whose wailings sound just
like the fog horn; the story was part of the inspiration for the
1953 film, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
The small carnivorous dinosaurs that escape from the cage and
attack Ludlow on page 8 remain unidentified. Possibly they are
intended to be compys, but they are drawn with five-fingered
hands instead of three.
The dinosaurs that attack Dr. Backer on page 12 seem to be
raptors, but we don't get a look at their feet to see the
sickle-claw to tell for sure.
Giganotosaurus approaches Lex, Tim, and the
deputy on page 15, the deputy bolts and Tim says, "Why do they
always just cut and run like that?" Then, on page 16, the deputy
gets gobbled down by the dinosaur and Tim says, "Go figure!
That's exactly what happened to the last guy who bailed on us!"
Presumably, this is a reference to
Jurassic Park when Donald
Gennaro fled the vehicle he was in with young Tim and Lex and
soon after got chomped by the T. rex.
Giganotosaurus, its path of destruction through town
and advance toward the nuclear power plant was
included in the story as an homage to the Godzilla
films of Toho Studios.
On page 21, Backer tells Tim he'd earlier found something back
at the lab he might want to keep. On the last page of the story,
we see it must have been the piece of amber from his
grandfather's cane he was speaking of. But how could Backer have
gotten a hold of it already at this point? When we last saw the
amber, it was lying on the floor inside the office of the lab
where Tim had locked in Ludlow and his bodyguard. And we saw
that Backer did not go inside there before going out to help
with the roundup in town.
Lex tells the group she was able to figure out the security code
for the door at the nuclear plant because she's a genius, plus
she got lucky. Are you kidding me? There would be millions of
combinations possible on that 20-digit keypad at the door! And
how would she even know how many characters to type in for each
Is Ludlow dead for real this time? We see him getting chewed up
by compys(?), but don't actually see his death.
Did the Army and residents of Glen Rose, TX actually manage to
recapture all of the loose dinosaurs? Since Ludlow was keeping
at least the carnivores' existences secret, would they even know
how many were out there? Possibly Dr. Backer
would know how many of each species were bred for the entire
project and assisted the authorities.
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