Dynamite Entertainment 2019
Written by Ron Marz
Illustrated by Roberto Castro
Coloured by Salvatore Aiala
Lettered by A Larger world Studios’ Troy Peteri
Turok and Andar are on the verge of solving the secrets of the Lost Valley, if they can just avoid becoming dinner for hungry dinosaurs! Meanwhile, the cavalry soldiers might betray the brothers in order to find a way home, the mysterious bounty hunter reveals his true (and shocking!) nature, and Turok comes face to face with a woman who could become his greatest ally ... or his worst enemy! Classic adventure for a classic creative team!
Well the opening here grabbed me by the throat and squeezed just a little bit, mmhmm just a little bit, because suddenly we get to see a tad more about this bandito who has appeared a few times now. Most noticeably when the group went through the portal and he followed. So yeah this is exactly what we want to see and it pretty much changes everything! Just how you wonder, eh pick up the book and ya know what read the story because dayum.
So the way that this is structured is utterly amazing. I love Ron and the way the man writes, he really has this grasp of being able to write any genre he chooses and it’s always interesting, thought provoking and nothing at all what you are going to expect. That being said the mix of genre’s here already has me terribly excited for what is still to come. I mean after all a Western with dinosaurs and glowing portals to another place/time yeah that’s mixing alright. Still it does ring true to the whole very first appearances of the character and I have to give major props for that. Ron has found the perfect way to keep this modern and now while still feeling amazingly like it had in the beginning.
Sarah Nathaniel is very much a breath of fresh air. That we learn about her and how she came to this place is interesting and how it ties into what this group did in issue one well all I have to say about is this is why Ron has a brilliant mind. Also a year she’s been here as she’s marking time and in that time it’s not like she’s been able to find new clothing and with the Soldiers and their ways her seeming immodesty should have some interesting moments ahead.
Roberto is such a revelation here. While he has been around for a bit and he’s always done some great work this, this is something else altogether. I mean the way we see the linework here is extraordinary and how he uses the varying weights to fine tune it into this stellar attention to detail makes me weep with joy. From eyelashes to facial hair to the walls of the cave everything we see has this effect on how we see the characters and this world. Plus the dinosaurs and the Neanderthals show off this superb creativity and imagination. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels demonstrated a stupendous eye for storytelling. The colour work here is also incredibly well done. I love the way we see the shading and shadows from the utilisation of light sources. There is some nice bit of colour gradation going on as well and seeing different shades of blue in the Captains uniform is perfectly done.
I love this book. As a fan of the old Westerns and the idea of Turok the Dinosaur Hunter from it’s inception I can’t get enough of this already. The writing with it’s story & plot development, pacing and the characterisation (holy amazeballs Batman) alongside the interior artwork here and I am telling you (I’m not living without you) this quality and level of storytelling is far and away above the standard we are used to seeing.