Review: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1
THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE BEGINS HERE! Classic Characters by some of Comics Hottest Creators! – Magnus, Solar, Turok and Dr. Spektor! Dynamite is proud to present an all-new adventure ongoing from superstar GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and incredible artist MIRKO COLAK (Red Skull: Incarnate, Conan)! Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating THUNDER LIZARDS attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that’s taken everything away from him?
The Gold Key Universe kicks off this week in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1. The classic character who has appeared in comics and video games is getting a new series from writer Greg Pak and artist Mirko Colak. Lauren Affe handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. Turok has been away for a while, but does this debut issue give you a reason to check out the welcome home party?
Turok is a young Native American adult who is living off in the woods by himself. His tribe is around and they know about Turok and keep invoking a debt his parents owed, but he’s largely alone. We get a few hints as to why he decides to live a solitary life, but Turok is largely a mystery. When he continues to get pushed around and bullied by some of the other Natives, Turok’s decision to be alone is reaffirmed. Some strange creatures emerge from the wilderness when our main character is about to use his survival skills and instincts to turn the tables on his tormentors, but he’ll have to use all of that and then some to survive his encounter with these giant Thunder Lizards. What are these strange creatures? Can Turok save himself and the tribe he has decide to live apart from?
Pak writes a story that gives you all the basics and teases you with what’s coming up. We get a good rundown of Turok’s small world and how he interacts with his people, then we’re thrown into the strange and crazy situation of dinosaurs being unleashed. This checks off all the introductory issue boxes but still really pulls you into the story. Mirko Colak’s art is the real standout of this first issue. My first introduction to Colak’s work was his miniseries with Pak for Marvel, the fantastic Red Skull Incarnate. That same style translates really well to Turok. The unique background style on display in Red Skull translates fantastically well to the wider shots of the forest settings and the flashbacks. Colak makes some very clean looking and expressive characters as well. Affe’s colors help bring out the details of Colak’s art and makes the entire book look rich.
Bottom Line: If Turok is any indication of the level of quality the other Gold Key series will have, then we are in for a real treat. Turok teases you more than anything, but it gives you a meaty enough story that you don’t feel like things will only really get started next month. Pak and Colak work great together and I’m excited to see where they take this book. 4/5