The 25h Anniversary reprint of the 1988 series Dinosaurs Attack! is just getting better and better as the second issue was released this week. The series began with a science experiment gone wrong aboard the space station Prometheus. The experiment ripped open a whole in time and brought real life dinosaurs into our present day world to bring havoc and destruction down upon us. The series is brought to us by IDW Comics, Gary Gerani, Herb Trimpe and Flint Henry among others, with a special thanks to the Topps company.
Dinosaurs Attack! #2 starts off in the heat of hysteria, just where the first issue left off. People are scrambling to survive while their cities are being over run by gigantic monsters previously only seen in museums. What I love about this series is its sarcastic humor. There is no doubt in my mind that Gerani and team knew exactly what they were doing here. They were making a series that would be a parody of what would happen if dinosaurs suddenly appeared. This is not a series, stoic undertaking, it is a pun-filled, sarcastic soup that is just more enjoyable with each passing page. As far as the story goes, it’s moving along at a decent pace. We get introduced to a lot of new characters, many who don’t survive and we begin to learn a little more about the primary characters from the first issue. The dialogue is solid, easy to follow and informative while not taking away from the classic illustrations and artwork on the late 80′s.
The illustrations sell the series though. Sure, it’s a fun and exciting story but the illustrations bring to dinosaurs to life, they bring to carnage to our front door. And there is a lot of carnage. While the first issue was exactly kid friendly, the second issue is even less so. The violence and gore is taken up a notch as additional dinosaurs appear in prime metropolitan areas around the world. The attention to detail is ridiculous. The facial features of characters, detail in the hair, cloths, skin of the dinosaurs, even the colors and etching in explosions and fires… it’s all spectacular and something I believe we are missing in much of today’s primary comic book series. Of course, today’s series are cleaner, more crisp looking but they are also plainer, smoother and more bland. Dinosaurs Attack! brings out the true detail of individual dedication and lack of computer technology the later 80′s thrived in.
Overall, this fun throwback series is an exciting way to experience the 80′s and sci-fi together. I hope that other series put out reprints for their anniversaries so I can continue to see what comic books were like just as I was being born (I was born in 1987… just FYI). Dinosaurs Attack! brings, ironically, a fresh and new experience to readers like me and I look forward to the next issue where, I assume, we will begin to fight back!