Jurassic Park from IDW

There have been a lot of bad licensed comics, but the folks at IDW have proven that doesn't have to be the case at all.  They aim to do it again with Jurassic Park: Redemption this summer.  Written by Senior Editor, Bob Schreck, the 5-issue story takes place 13 years after the first (and as far as I'm concerned, only) movie, interiors by Nate Van Dyke, with covers by a jaw-dropping line-up of greats like Frank Miller, Arthur Adams, Paul Pope, and Bernie Wrightston, and Tom Yeates. 

I've gotta say, I'm pretty interested in this.  I love the Jurassic Park stories, and there's an enormous possibility for new tales in a world after we've loosed giant, extinct monsters back among us.  Handled well, there could be some fine science fiction and adventure mined from Michael Crichton's concepts. Plus, I'm looking at a T-Rex drawn by Frank Miller, and who doesn't love comics and dinosaurs? Seriously.

I bet they don't have Dodgson, though.

 

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Press Release:

Welcome Back to Jurassic Park
IDW partners with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to develop
all-new comics based on blockbuster property

San Diego, CA (March 23, 2010) – IDW Publishing is pleased to announce a publishing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to create an entirely new series of comics based on the always-popular Jurassic Park franchise. Launching in June, IDW’s Jurassic Park comics will bring all of the oversized action and prehistoric adventure that fans love in a brand-new story. Plus, IDW will also reprint all the original Topps Jurassic Park comics in a trade paperback collection, most of which have never before been reprinted. Fans attending WonderCon 2010, one of the country’s leading comics and pop culture conventions, held April 2nd through the 4th in San Francisco, can get a sneak peak of the new series at the IDW booth #519 and at the Jurassic Park panel on Friday.

“I’ve been a fan of Jurassic Park since we first published it at Topps back in the 90’s, and it’s exciting revisit and reinvigorate the property after all these years, ” said IDW chief operating officer, Greg Goldstein. “There’s so much potential for interesting stories, and we have a great team in place to bring them to life. ”

Available in both print and digital, IDW’s Jurassic Park comics kick off with a five-issue story arc, written by IDW Senior Editor and comics veteran Bob Schreck. Nate Van Dyke provides interior art, while comics’ legends Tom Yeates and Frank Miller offer their awesome and gory covers to the first issue, with Arthur Adams, Paul Pope, and Bernie Wrightson also providing variant covers for the first storyline. IDW will be giving away a Jurassic Park poster at WonderCon, featuring Frank Miller’s cover art for issue #1. Schreck, Van Dyke and Yeates will also all be on hand throughout the weekend to sign autographs.

“Having been born in the Jurassic Era myself, I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity, ” Schreck commented. “I was raised on a strict diet of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen movies and adore the Jurassic Park films. I can’t begin to convey the thrill of bringing this tale to life with so many old (and new) super-talented friends and fellow dinosaur lovers. ”

The first five-issue story arc in IDW’s new Jurassic Park series, Jurassic Park: Redemtion, takes up thirteen years after the very first Jurassic Park motion picture and finds John Hammond’s grandchildren, Tim and Lex Murphy, as well-to-do young adults. While Lex is working with the UN to continue keeping people off of both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna — her brother Tim has other ideas about how to get their grandfather’s name back in good standing.

Each issue in the arc will feature a cover by Yeates and a variant by another major artist. For issue #2, fans can expect great things from Arthur Adams, followed by Paul Pope on issue #3, Bernie Wrightson on issue #4 and the hugely popular dinosaur connoisseur Bill Stout on issue #5.

Jurassic Park: Redemption #1 (32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores in June.

Comments

  1. It’s a Unix system.

  2. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    This news is like hot venom to the face on a rainy night! 

    In a good way.  

  3. This could be very cool indeed.  It’ll be like a modern day Age Of Reptiles, with dialogue.

  4. So excited that tim and lex are the main characters.

    @HBD "I know this"

  5. "Life, and comics about dinosaurs, finds a way"

    Pretty excited about this!

  6. I love that cover. Can’t stop laughing.

    "Ah, ah, ah. You didn’t say the magic word." 

  7. Paul just needs something salty after all those sweets.

  8. Love that Dodgson reference. Dennis Nedry is one of the greatest characters of ’90s cinema.

  9. When I worked at my local shop (RIP UC Comics), every Wednesday morning there was something by Terry and Rachel Dodson, whoever saw it first as we sorted member books would shout "Dodson!  Dodson!  We’ve got Dodson here!"

  10. Ron does that EVERY time the Dodsons are brought up. I have to consciously not mention them whenever possible.

  11. "The lack of humility before nature that’s being displayed here, uh… staggers me."

  12. I, uh, I– *I* would love to write for, uh, Dr. Ian, ah, Malcolm in this… BOOK! Yes.

  13. I just happened to find an old issue of the Topp’s Jurassic Park comic a few days before hearing about this.

  14. HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS, PEOPLE! YOUR BUTTS!

  15. I already said that!

  16. Who do I have to pay off to get walt Simonson on this book! He does the BEST dinosaurs

  17. @Josh: IT NEEDED SAYING AGAIN!

  18. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @g0ofgnewt – That would be badass. 

  19. "Mr. Hammond, I think we’re back in business!" I have to admit, I heard this mentioned by someone last night and groaned. However, reading the solicit and seeing that cover… I’m in. I’ve been enjoying IDW’s ongoing Doctor Who book and their Star Trek line. (John Byrne’s Star Trek stuff has been extremely good. If you like classic Trek, definitely pick up his ASSIGNMENT EARTH, CREW and ROMULANS: PAWNS OF WAR.) It’s nice to see that between Dynamite, Dark Horse and IDW licensed comics don’t need to be terrible.

  20. drive faster!

  21. One of the most fantastic movie experiences of my teen years. I’m not sure how this translates in comic book form. The joy of the movie was the feeling of how big and epic the dinosaurs feel. Can they capture that in a itty bitty comic book? I suppose we shall see.

  22. *hums theme song*

  23. Now thats one big pile of shit… hope its not the case with these comics.

  24. "T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed, he wants to buy comics."

  25. Wow this news excited me far more then I thought it would. Just watched Jurrasic Park 3 for the first time the other day. Yeesh.

  26. This will only work for me if they give very intricate explanations of chaos theory, graphical unix based operating systems, paleontology, genetic engineering and cloning.

    They should also splice the DNA of the trees used to make the paper with frog DNA.  Because that does . . . something, if I remember correctly.

  27. Totally getting this!

  28. Holy shit this could be fucking awesome!

  29. this is going to be good. realll good.

  30. "Clever girl"

  31. I don’t think I fully appreciated the iFanbase’s love for this film.  Fascinating.

  32. I was the stage manager on a production of West Side Story.  We had two almost complete buildings on casters, one a full two stories tall that doubled as the interior and exterior of of Doc’s drug store, the other the interior of Doc’s cellar and the exterior of the back alley.  Depending on the scene, they would be butted against each other, bolts thrown to lock them into place.  While practicing this, I stood on top of one of the buildings.  After they were attached, I yelled "Loading team, step away!"

    My co-stage manager immediately pretended to be yanked between them once one of the fasteners was undone and began to scream.  My boss, the technical director, picked up my bad British accent and shouted "SHOOT HER! SHOOOOOT HER!" 

    The cast, the crew, the incidental employees that worked in the house, everyone got it, everyone loved it.

    It’s just that sort of movie. 

  33. The comics. They’re flocking this way!

  34. “you didn’t say the magic word”

  35. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

  36. (it was either that or start posting things like, "Do you see the fleas, mommy?")

  37. "But you never HAD control, THAT was the illusion!!"

  38. @gaffergamgee- That would enable your male comic-book to turn into a female comic-book and have comic-book babies. 

  39. 0:15 is my favorite Jurassic Park quote.

    I just can’t type it justice.

  40. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs…comics. 

  41. @OttoBott – Now, that was funny.

    "Oh, hello John!"

    I also like how all the people in the movie pronounce dinosaur the same way Speilberg does, which is slightly wrong.

  42. I love this idea so much. Then I see who is doing the covers for this mini series….Frank Miller drawing dinosaurs? Yes please!

    Sadly I can’t think of badass quotes from the first film. The third film I remember a lot though. 

  43. Now eventually they might have to have dinosaurs in their, um, in their dinosaur comic, right?

  44. This is the most awesome news I’ve heard all day, scratch that, all week! Let’s just hope they spared no expense.

  45. I could say the Dodson line nonstop and it will never not be funny

  46. "Nature found a way" to bring this comic into existance

  47. Wow! I really hope they spared no expense on this.

  48. Oh fuck! I even scanned first to make sure it hadn’t been done yet, and as soon as the page reloaded I realized what a fraud I am. Apologies to Lady Tartan and, indeed, the entire community.

  49. "we’re gonna need a bigge…"

     

    Sorry, wrong movie… 

  50. @JesseG: Yes. That’s it, thank you.