Review – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 (Dynamite)

Turok01-Cov-SearsPublisher: Dynamite Comics
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Mirko Colak
Release Date: 5th February 2014

Poor Turok. His parents have died and left him indebted to the settlement he shies away from. He prefers to live a life of solitude in the surrounding woods making him a target to his unenlightened and jealous peers who like to harass and bully him. He is pretty bad ass though.

If you’ve played the game then you are at no advantage whatsoever. Take away the name and you wouldn’t make any sort of comparison. Well, there are a couple of dinosaurs that need hunting but even so.

The writing is fine without ever being very interesting. It’s pretty basic stuff which never pulls a smile or gets you thinking. As a number one it orients the reader well. We know the setting, the characters, the enemy and have enough of a backstory it’s just a shame it feels so lacklustre. It’s hard to care about anybody involved – even the teenage Turok.

The art isn’t too great either with some awkward postures, ropey expressions and the background forest areas are blurrier than that of the N64 game. All the beauty of nature is lost and it’s an odd choice of look for such a story. With Turok being a hunter, everything would be sharp and focussed but this just feels messy and rushed. It’s hard to tell what is going on a lot of the time and it’s hard to care enough to go back again to make sure you got it right.

Poor Turok.

Rating: 2/5.

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The writer of this piece was: James McQueen
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