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Jurassic Park: Redemption #5

Reviewed by Patrick Hayes aka PatBorg

The covers: The final issue comes with three final covers.  Cover A by Tom Yeates with colors by Jamie Grant.  It's a Valley of Gwangi moment I couldn't pass up as Backer and the sheriff lasso a dino from horseback.  The dino, setting, and sky are colored too dully.  A brighter sky might have perked up the cover to make it stand out amongst others on the shelf.  Cover B is by William Stout.  It too is good but it does it have to give away an ending?  Cover R(etailer) I(ncentive) is the same as B, minus the coloring, though the JP and IDW cover logos are colorized.  I like this, too.  Overall grades: All three covers B

The story: Bob Schreck closes out this series on incredibly disappointing level.  Alan and Ellie who showed up in the previous issue do nothing but have their presence in the book.  Backer suffers a second "death" scene that wasn't his death: "Fool me once, shame on me.  Fool me twice, shame on you."  A death scene on Page 8, which should have been the a major payoff scene, come off as sadly comedic with the terrible dialogue in panel six.  Who was eaten at the bottom of Page 10?  Don't know, so why should I, as a reader, care?  The other character who doesn't die on Page 19 has the worst response at their reappearance in panel five.  And wait!  A third character we thought killed on Page 5 is walking around fine on Page 21, and he, too, ends his appearance with cheesy dialogue.  And Page 5's Star Wars dialogue was so forced.  What, no "It's a trap!"?  I thought things were building fine, but this issue misfires story-wise is so many ways.  Overall grade: D-

The art: I've been championing the art of Nate Van Dyke on this series, but his smiles hurt him in this issue, especially on Tim (Page 19).  Page 7 should have people screaming or dropping their jaws, but panels one and five show people to be happy during the carnage.  Good use of gore to shock on Page 8, if only the dialogue...Where did the dino come from on Page 12 that attacks Backer?  I have no reference point, and, hence, I'm really confused looking at this.  Did the guard die on Page 16, since the readers have seen a lot of blood, but no one dying, I'm going to assume he got away.  Tim also starts smiling during the horror in the first panel of this page as he strikes a super hero pose running.  And were we always so close to the water?  I don't remember being so.  Could be me, or it could be a lack of a reference point earlier in the series.  This was a huge letdown.  Overall grade: C-

The colors: Jamie Grant gets high marks.  He employs gorgeous backgrounds and mixes up the color schemes throughout.  And, red is used appropriately for shock and focus (such as coloring in sound effects).  Overall grade: A

The letters: Shawn Lee has tons of sound effects and dialogue to deal with.  I would have liked (not just this issue, but now that we're down, throughout the series) specific fonts assigned to specific dino noises and not computer stretched for others (see Pages 12 and 13).  At least the Giganotosaurus had distinct footfalls.  Overall grade: B

The final line: It was painful to get through this final issue.  I really thought things were improving, but the finale was a bust.  If you're a JP fan, save your money.  Overall grade: D+ 

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