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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"Dangerous Games" Part 5
Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games #5 (IDW)
Written by Erik Bear
Story Consultant: Greg Bear
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Jeff Zornow

Agent Espinoza's showdown with the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar and the drug lord Cazares.

Read a summary of the issue at the Jurassic Park Legacy website

Read a review of this issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle

Didja Notice? 

The carnosaurs chasing Espinoza on the cover (and pages 16-19 in the issue) appear to be allosaurs.

As mentioned in the study of "Dangerous Games" Part 4, the stegosaurid that threatens Espinoza here looks initially like it may be a Tuojiangosaurus, though it is depicted with a club tail which I am not aware of any stegosaurid possessing. Additionally, the beast is much too large. Only a Stegosaurus was as large as the stegosaurid seen here, but the plates on its back do not conform to the Stegosaurus species (not to mention the tail).

The small dinosaurs seen on pages 8 and 11 are not named. They don't really look like compys, but I could be wrong.

The large vehicle parked next to the motorcycle that Espinoza steals appears to be a military Humvee.

When are pages 21-22 supposed to be taking place? "One week later," as stated in the previous scene on page 20? That would mean that Dr. White held onto Cazares for an entire week before taking him to be judged by the queen tyrannosaur of the island. Why would she wait so long? It's seems more likely that these last two pages are meant to be a flashback to one week earlier, immediately after Espinoza's escape from the island.

Speaking of the queen tyrannosaur, even though she was depicted correctly with two-clawed forelimbs in her previous appearance in "Dangerous Games" Part 2, she is shown here with three claws on Page 22! 

Unanswered Questions

What happened to the rest of Cazares' men on the island? Sure, we saw some killed, but there must be more, and one in particular is still seen alive on page 11, but he seems to disappear.

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