By Greg Pak, Mirko Colak and Cory Smith
Turok Dinosaur Hunter is the first of the Valiant titles to be released under Dynamite’s name. Since the Valiant re-launch has been a big success, there were many questions revolving around these titles being released by Dynamite. The first issue of Turok Dinosaur Hunter left a lot to be desired, but that isn’t always a bad thing, sometimes writers take a little while to get their creative juices flowing. Let’s hope Greg Pak can get the ball rolling soon.
Turok and his biggest enemy, Andar, are the only people left of the tribe to stop the barbaric crusaders from destroying their land and killing their people. The two must form a truce and work together if they are to save the day. The crusaders have made threats of killing off the “king” of the tribe as well as several others. It’s time for Turok to step up and take charge in order to save the some lives.
Turok has always been a pretty popular character amongst Valiant fans, as he did have a video game and an animated movie to his name. Greg Pak has had his look updated, too much ridicule, and is telling a bit of a fresh story with the character. This issue is a bit jumpy, but Pak does a good job of forcing Andar to come to terms with what a jerk he has been to Turok. Greg Pak also allows us to see Turok back up some of his tough guy talk as well, he manages to kill some of the crusaders. We also get to see some personality from a couple of the supporting characters as well, namely Kita and Marion of the crusaders. Pak is branching out with this second issue and it ends up being a better read than the first. If he can continue to do this, the series will be able to take off.
The art is done by Mirko Colak and Cory Smith. There are no real problems with the art work in this book, but it doesn’t jump out at you either. Panels are set up well and lines are crisp and clean, but ultimately it doesn’t leave a huge impression on you. Colak and Smith have some solid panels where there is some wonderful shading and you can acknowledge that it looks good, but you will read the issue and there won’t be any panels that stand out. This was a good job by the duo, but not a great job.
With the second issue in the books, Turok Dinosaur Hunter has gained some steam heading into its third issue. Greg Pak is a good writer with a knack for fan favorite stories, so he’s most likely got big plans for this title. Colak has all the talent in the world and is a good artist, but this book is missing the money shot. As the series progresses and everyone gets comfortable, this title has all the ingredients to be one of Dynamite’s better books.