The GeeksverseTurok: Son of Stone #1

Turok: Son of Stone #1
Published on Sunday, October 17, 2010 by

The third of Jim Shooter’s Gold Key relaunches from Dark Horse has arrived. How does it measure up to the older Turok books and how does it compare to the other Gold Key relaunches by Shooter?

Written by: Jim Shooter
Art by: Eduardo Francisco
Colored by: Jose Villarrubia
Lettered by: Blambot!
Editor: Chris Warner
Cover: A- Raymond Swanland; B- Eduardo Francisco w/ Jose Villarrubia

The third of Jim Shooter’s relaunch of the Gold Key characters at Dark Horse.

Out of the three, this is the best one.

Shooter’s Turok is a good character. A bad-ass warrior and archer. An expert tracker and hunter. He’s not “super” or made out to be anything great, he’s just a man that learns and listens. He’s not cocky or arrogant, but he is confident. He’s not afraid to be proven wrong or be given advice from a child.

He’s a strong character and Shooter explains his abilities, above and beyond the others of his time, as his learning from others as he travels. Why he traveled and where he originally came from isn’t mentioned, and isn’t really needed.

The story opens with Turok saving Andar from a tribe of Aztecs. Shooter does a good job with the various tribes and how they wouldn’t know who or what the others are. We know they are Aztecs but Turok and Andar would have no idea of who they are or what they call themselves.

The Aztecs pursue Turok and Andar and chase them into a cave where a strange storm sends them into the lost land. They see dinosaurs and of course have no idea what they are or where they are, but they are still chased.

It’s a solid first issue. We’re introduced to the main characters, the main antagonists, the basic set-up of the book as well as given a cliff hanger to hook us for next issue.

The minor complaint I guess is that Andar makes reference to the “funny” way that Turok and the other indian talk compared to him, but there is nothing different about all three’s speech. The lettering is standard comic book fare except it’s done in a way that makes all the tribes seem to be speaking the same language. There are no “translated from” captions or even any <> to indicate the Aztecs, or the mysterious strangers at the end, are speaking a different language. I’ll be extremely disappointed if the tribe in the lost lands speaks the same language.

It’s not much of a new take on Turok, from his Gold Key character. Unlike the Valiant version which had Turok coming to modern tiimes hunting dinosaurs. This is the Gold Key character, just a bit more modernized.

Francisco’s art is solid. He’s got a good grasp of the designs of the times and the tribes. His dinosaurs, the few shown, are detailed and well drawn.

His pages have good flow and layout. There’s a couple of “jump” spots but thats more a product of the script then Francisco’s layouts.

His figures are well drawn, well proportioned, with them sharing cultural similarities but still being distinct. You can tell all the Aztecs are of a tribe, well the three indians all share similar characteristics but are different enough so at a glance we can tell they are three different tribes.

There are a couple of panels where his faces lose some cohesion and form, but overall his work is good.

Turok, Son of Stone #1 receives
4 out of 5

Solid first issue and just shows that relaunches don’t need to be major reboots.

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