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Jurassic Strike Force 5
Published on Friday, February 3, 2012 by

Published by: Silver Dragon Books
Written by: Neo Edmund
Art by: JL Giles-Rivera
Colored by: Jeff Balke
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover Art: A- John Toledo w/ Ivan Nunes; B- Julian Aguilera w/ Ivan Nunes
Editor: Matt Rogers

I’m kind of confused why Zenescope launched an imprint, which is Silver Dragon Books. This is vastly different from their normal books, at least in content. That could be the reason.

This book has the feel of an old 80s cartoon, and probably would make a better cartoon then a comic book. The concept, the names of the characters, even the introduction of Tyler and his scientist father, all of it just adds up to an 80s cartoon.

The pacing is pretty quick. The story opens and moves very rapidly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, at least until the very end, but the overall tone and feel of this is that it’s a children’s book. The dialogue is very weak, at least thats the only word I can come up with, when compared to the other comics out there. It’s not as strong or mature. And I don’t mean content, but just in vibe and feel.

There’s quite a few logic jumps, which is what makes me think this is better geared towards the children’s market. The scene of the Army surrendering also leads me to that thinking. But I don’t believe this was marketed as a children’s book. But that’s how I’m viewing it.

And in that regards, it’s a fun book. We get aliens, good dinosaurs and bad dinosaurs. There’s even ninja dinosaurs. What kid wouldn’t like that? We get the standard scientist father/annoyingly cheerful and excitable kid that will be the cause of lots of trouble the dinos have to get him out of. You know the type, they’re in a ton of shows.

A child would probably let the ending go, but an adult would not. The last couple pages move extremely fast. Too fast. The rest of the story was moving along decently, but the last couple pages just put a big halt. It just doesn’t work. It feels like there were a couple of pages missing.

The art is decent. It’s technically sound. Characters are well proportioned. The dinos look good. Decent.

I’m grading this on the idea that it’s a book geared towards a younger crowd.

Jurassic Strike Force 5 receives
3.5 out of 5

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