Jurassic Park: Raptors Hijack #1 (Topps Comics)
Written by Steve Englehart
Pencils by Neil Vokes
Inks by Rich Rankin
researcher and a mysterious ape encounter the fleeing raptors.
Muldoon, Grant, Ellie, and Malcolm fly over the Amazon rain
forest in a helicopter, searching for the two remaining raptors,
Alf and Celia.
On the ground below, an older woman with binoculars observes a
gorilla strangely out of place in the South American jungle. The
gorilla encounters the two raptors and a battle ensues. Although
he gives as good as he gets, the gorilla finally runs off to
lick his wounds.
Shortly after, Muldoon spots the mysterious gorilla. Bewildered
at the African animal's presence in South America, Muldoon and
the scientists tell the pilot to set down to investigate. After
unloading his passengers, the pilot flies back to base to refuel
and await contact for pick up.
During the trek through the jungle, Malcolm again spends time
flirting with Ellie when he can get away with it. Suddenly the
gorilla grabs Ellie from up in a tree and takes off with her.
Meanwhile, the old woman is now observing the raptors and she
soon recognizes motion and gestures made by the dinosaurs as
having meanings such as happiness, trust, peace, courting, and
biology...with biology presumably meaning the desire to
In Palo Alto, California, at the headquarters of InGen, Hammond
receives evidence that rival company Biosyn is responsible for
the initial kidnapping of the raptors (and Grant and Ellie) from
Isla Nublar (in "Aftershocks"). He
knows Biosyn is also most likely behind the attempted theft of
dinosaur embryos before that (in
Jurassic Park). Commenting that he
let their destruction of his dinosaur preserve go unchallenged
because he needed to keep the park secret, he decides he can't
keep letting repeated assaults go unchallenged. He tells his
assistant he wants Biosyn to start feeling the pain.
Back in the Amazon, the gorilla places Ellie high in the
relative safety of a dead tree when he encounters the raptors
again. Another fight among the beasts ensues and the gorilla is
knocked down a cliff. Alf then races to the dead tree but Ellie
has managed to find a new tree to hide in. When they hear
something approaching, the raptors flee. It turns out to be
Muldoon, Grant, and Malcolm and Ellie rejoins them.
Meanwhile, the old woman re-locates the raptors and approaches
them, using the hand signals for peace and trust.
TO BE CONTINUED IN JURASSIC PARK: RAPTORS HIJACK #2
In the "What Has Gone Before" summary of the story so far on the
inside front cover, it is indicated that Muldoon had entered the
Amazon rain forest in the previous issues' pursuit of the
raptors. This would indicate they have proceeded quite a ways
south from the escape point at Rafael's compound near Puerto
Miranda, Venezuela (I would guess about 500 miles).
Page 2 reveals that the raptors' mother was known as Mmms by them
and the two brothers who died early on (in
"Dark Cargo") were Tssr and Br.
On page 9, the pilot of the helicopter appears to be wearing a
Jurassic Park cap.
Also on page 9, Malcolm refers to Muldoon as Bwana. Bwana is a
Swahili word which more-or-less means master or lord, which
Malcolm himself later refers to him as ("lord and master") on page 11.
On page 13 there is a fairly subtle panel of the raptors in
silhouette such that they blend in against the jungle
As the old woman, a primate researcher, observes the raptors' courtship
movements on page 15, we see one raptor rubbing its head against
the other, similar to the affectionate actions of Godzookie the
Ouranosaur toward Derrick in
"Photo Finish" Part 1. At the time, I postulated they
may have scent glands on their heads like a cat. Given the
evidence here, perhaps Godzookie was actually making romantic
overtures toward Derrick!
Hanging on a wall of Hammond's office on page 16 is what may be
a map of the Jurassic Park compound on Isla Nublar.
Also on page 16, Hammond says they suspect Biosyn of being
behind the attempt to steal embryos from the park (during the
Jurassic Park). He may only
suspect, but we know from the novel that Dodgson was working for
Biosyn when he made the deal with Nedry for the embryos.
The story of the gorilla so far is obviously based on the story
of the classic 1933 film King Kong. In the film, Kong, a
gigantic ape on a time-lost island, fights dinosaurs and kidnaps
a beautiful blond woman, placing her high up in a dead tree to
protect her. Here, the mysterious gorilla in the Amazon fights
the raptors and kidnaps Ellie, placing
her high up in a dead tree to protect her.
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