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Jurassic Park: Devils in the Desert #4
Reviewed by Patrick Hayes aka PatBorg
The covers: Cover A, art by John Byrne and colors by Ronda Pattison, is a great example of between a rock and a hard place as protagonist Monica is between a polar bear and...something else.  How can an Arctic mammal come into contact with a prehistoric reptile?  Look inside.  This scene is inside this issue.  Does it ruin the story?  Not at all!  Great layout in terror from Byrne, and the coloring is excellent as well from Pattison.  Cover R(etailer) I(ncentive) is the black and white version of A, and it too is aces.  As with the previous issues, I'm a fan of the colored cover just a titch more.  Overall grades: Cover A A+ and RI A.
The story: Holy...crud...!  There is a brilliant, unexpected, flawless, jaw-dropping moment in this story.  I believe that if someone other than John Byrne was writing this book you would not have had such a WOW! moment.  Will and Monica are following the last four dinosaurs, with Will trying to shoot them.  Naturally, they're not wholly successful and the book then shifts to a new setting that's inspired.  What follows is an animalistic showdown that would do Ray Harryhausen proud.  Quick help from a certain editor-in-chief saves a protagonist after the carnage has ended.  Now when I read the last two pages I was miffed: How could it end this way?  But upon a second reading, this is most perfect way to end this story.  Every character, that survived, gets a solid resolution, and that's what readers want.  And the last four words in the book...Not that long, Mr. Byrne, please!  Fantastic!  Overall grade: A+
The art: "Primal" is the best word to describe John Byrne's art in this comic.  What can Byrne do that you've never seen before?  It gets primal!  I believed the dinosaurs' movements, I believed their actions (top of Page 7!!!), and, for the first time since dangling Lex was pulled up into the air vents before a jumping raptor snapped at her, I believed that these are dangerous creatures that cannot be predicted or controlled (Pages 12 & 13).  I also got one of the best dramatic double page spreads--if not the best (but, it's only April)--of the year in comics (Pages 10-11).  Kick in the battle on Pages 16-19 and you'll be bouncing in your seat in fear and glee.  This is some gorgeously animalistic artwork that gives you the appropriate terror these creatures should create.  Wow!  Overall grade: A+
The coloring: Suburbia comes creeping up into the colors and Ronda Pattison closes out this issue excellently.  Gorgeous blue skylines with harsh red-orange gunshots, a wonderful "Where's Waldo" moment for the reader (Page 5, panel two), a "northern" battle, fantastic blue inviting waters (that turn a disturbing color), and the solemn final two pages.  Ms. Pattison has made a fan of me.  Overall grade: A+
The lettering: I'd like to repeat something I said in an earlier review of Shawn Lee: I'm always grateful to letters who italicize their dialogue so I know where the characters are putting the stress in their speech.  Lee does this expertly, as well as some screams and mechanical sound effects I can't go into.  Any other comic would be lucky to have Lee lettering it.  Overall grade: A+
The final line: A superior series.  If any one of these creators want to journey back to Jurassic Park, I'll be right behind them to buy a ticket.  Highest possible recommendation!  Overall grade: A+

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