Action Lab Danger Zone @016
Created & Written by Markisan Naso
Created, Illustrated, Lettered & Designed by Jason Muhr
Coloured by Andrei Tabacaru
After a fight with his girlfriend Nate and Captain Jay went hunting for more dinosaurs. Only when they got there the Saurians were there as well looking for the reason why their people keep disappearing, where they left Jim for dead took Nate back to their future.
I am a huge fan of this series. I mean it’s got cuisine made from dinosaurs that were caught by going through a time warp. Turns out that time warp was also a dimensional portal as well. There’s drama, action, adventure and enough science fiction to shake a dozen sticks at. It’s not easy to blend this all together without causing the reader a massive brain freeze, after all we’re dealing with humans and evolved dinosaurs here folks.
Well we know that their trip is going to be long lasting if the opening is any clue. I mean time is a constant and that’s nice to see. Though how the girls are going figure out where the boys are is something i’ll be interested in seeing. Even if their involvement in this is just to showcase that time moves forward when they are transdimensional hopping i’m okay with that too.
Now that Nate is with the Saurians things are getting more interesting. I like the technology that we see and the fact that they come to the right conclusion but have a hard time dealing with it. It turns out that the Saurians are just like humans in that they have a hard time believing in a world where they didn’t ascend to the dominant life form. It’s also nice to see that add emotions to the mix and it doesn’t matter who or what you evolved from it’s pretty much the same. The storytelling here is fantastic the parallels and differences are wonderfully shown and the whole book is just fun.
I am big fan of the interiors here. The creativity and imagination when making the Saurians into humanoid people but still maintaining their distinct dinosaur features shows some great imagination and creativity. The use of page layouts are utilised well with their angles, perspective and selected use of backgrounds, of which I’d love to see more.
With what we see with Nate and with Jim things are definitely more than either bargained for. Just what else is happening to the Saurians past remains to be seen but when at least one of the detectives reverts to his more primal nature it looks like the affect they have in this dimension is much larger than we could’ve realised. Or i’m reading too much into it so take a look and let me know what you think.
The sheer feat of creating these dimensions and their accessibility to one another is nicely done. The right mix of action/adventure and drama is depicted extremely well. The characterisation and story development have made this so much fun to read.