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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"The Devils in the Desert" Part 3
Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert #3 (IDW)
Story and Art by John Byrne
Cover by John Byrne

InGen takes a hand.

Read the story summary of this issue at Jurassic Park Legacy

Read a review of this issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle

Didja Notice? 

On page 1, Dr. Pettigrew seems to confirm that the Pteranodons of this story are in southern California.

On page 2, panel 3, notice Dr. Cobb has a screensaver of the InGen logo on his computer monitor.

On page 3, Dr. Pettigrew uses a pay phone placed by a company called TPC. This appears to be a fictional phone company. Possibly TPC is meant to stand for "The Phone Company" (which is a real world volunteer network providing a free email-to-fax service, but does not produce pay phones).

When the sheriff sees the InGen men's vehicle, he comments, "Doesn't anybody just drive a normal car anymore?" The InGen vehicle is a consumer Hummer (based on the military Humvee, a modified version of which is driven by Agent Harding in previous issues).

When Dr. Kanada of InGen tries to pass off the recent mutilations and deaths in the desert as mutations caused by the nuclear tests of the 1950s, Liz asks, "Like that big spider I heard about as a girl?" I'm not sure what she's referring to, but possibly it's a joking reference by her to some B-movie such as Tarantula (1955), which is set in the fictional town of Desert Rock, Arizona, but was largely filmed in and around the southern California desert town of Lucerne Valley.

On page 6, Liz remarks that she's no Einstein. Einstein, of course, is a reference to Albert Einstein, the renowned German theoretical physicist who refused, during a visit to America in the 1930s, to return to Germany after Hitler came into power, and became an American citizen.

Also on page 6, the sheriff and Dr. Alvarez take the InGen "investigators" to see the remains of the Pteranodons, stored at the Anderson Meat Packing Company plant. This appears to be a fictional business. 

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