Comic Name: Jurassic Park: Redemption
Writer: Bob Schreck
Artist: Nate Van Dyke/Chris Moreno
# of Issues: 5
Release Date: 2011
Reprints Jurassic Park: Redemption #1-5 (June 2010-November 2010). Tim Hammond has decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and experiment with dinosaur DNA in the hopes of clearing his name. As his sister Lex tries to legitimize the business through conservation and working on supply and demand, Tim has set-up a lab to breed herbivores. Unfortunately, there is a spy in the company and the man he is working for has plans to bring down the Hammonds…and dinosaurs are the key.
Written by Bob Schreck, Jurassic Park: Redemption is a relaunching of the Jurassic Park comics under the IDW line. The comics feature art by Nate Van Dyke and Chris Moreno. Frank Miller provides cover art.
I like Jurassic Park. The book is fun, and the movies are good popcorn movies (ok, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is pretty unwatchable). I though, how can they screw a comic book about dinosaurs up…then I read Jurassic Park: Redemption.
The book is virtually unreadable. As a whole, the storyline isn’t awful though the return of Peter Ludlow from The Lost World: Jurassic Park was like a plot from a bad soap opera…all it needed was booming piano music for the reveal. It could have been ok instead of bad…but multiple factors led to a horrible read.
The problem is that you can’t figure out what is going on half of the comic. There are weird dream sequences and strange page layouts that keep you guessing if you missed pages stuck together or something. A lot of this would be the writer’s problem, but the other big problem is the art.
It is already a bad situation if the collection hypes that it has a cover artist in Frank Miller (his cover art is not even that good)…leading you to believe that the content inside is bad. Reading this book, you can’t tell the characters apart. They all look the same and if they don’t have red hair, they have a mustache and dark hair. They aren’t very good on naming the characters within the story so you have to rely on the art which is bad…they even screwed up making cool dinosaurs.
Jurassic Park: Redemption is a horrible misstep and it is easy to see why this comic line failed. It is too bad because once again, dinosaurs are fun (the latest Jurassic World shows that even paper-thin plots have potential). The creators of this comic probably had a harder job making it fail that it would have been making it a readable comic. Jurassic Park: Redemption is followed by Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert.