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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Jurassic Park #0 (Topps Comics)
Written by Walter Simonson
Pencils by Gil Kane
Inks by Dick Giordano
Cover by Gil Kane

When the park’s systems programmer, Dennis Nedry, sees what is really happening on the island, he begins to believe he underbid for the contract.

Story Summary

A helicopter brings Dennis Nedry to Isla Nublar for the first time and he still does not know what the park is all about. Hammond gives him a tour of the facilities and Nedry feigns interest but is thinking sarcastic remarks in his head. Finally, Hammond drives him in a Jeep to see a herd of Triceratops and Nedry realizes there are living dinosaurs being produced on the island. This place will make a fortune and he begins to think he underbid for his work there. Later, Nedry and Hammond have their first of many arguments about Nedry's compensation.

8 weeks later, Nedry finally realizes the key to the park is the collection of dinosaur embryos. A couple weeks after that, he uses his skills to rig a backdoor way to turn off the computer logs when necessary so no one will know when he makes his illicit move. Then he places a call to a rival corporation of Ingen's.



Didja Know?

The story opens with Dennis Nedry's first arrival at Isla Nublar, then jumps ahead 8 weeks when most of the computer networking has been completed, and then another 2 weeks after that when he makes his phone call to one of Ingen's business rivals to discuss the embryos shortly before the start of the JP film.

Didja Notice? 

The cover of this comic is nice and exciting but has nothing to do with the story inside!

On page 1, the helicopter flying Nedry in to the island has "JURASSIC PARK" painted on the side. It seems unlikely Hammond would have a JP logo on the copter where people could see it since the park is still top secret and in its formative stages.

Hammond is carrying a standard cane in this story instead of the one with the amber knob on top. At this point in "Betrayal" it is more than 10 weeks before the events of the JP movie, so perhaps he'd not had it made yet? Later, in "Jurassic Jam", we see he does have the amber knob on his cane.

On page 3, Nedry is wondering if he can fake Montezuma's Revenge and catch the next chopper off the island. Montezuma's Revenge is a severe case of diarrhea sometimes contracted by tourists traveling in Mexico.

On page 5, panel 1, there is a strange, large device with an image of a carnosaur head seemingly projected in the middle of a tube. Is it part of a tour exhibit?

Hammond's speech on page 5, panel 4, seems to indicate that Nedry is employed at a university when he is not consulting on computer networks for Ingen or other corporations. (In the JP novel, Nedry is a project supervisor from Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.)

Nedry's speech on page 6, panel 5, indicates he is already making four times his usual rate for the work he's doing at Jurassic Park. But he's still not satisfied!

On page 7, Nedry uses the term "warp speed". "Warp" refers to breaking the speed of light in the way "mach" refers to breaking the speed of sound. The term was popularized by the TV series Star Trek.

Also on page 7, Nedry imagines all the different versions of Jurassic Park a rival corporation could create with their own supply of dinosaur embryos: Cretaceous County, Mesozoic Metropolis, and DinoDisneyland.

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