My introduction to Turok Son of Stone was the Golden Key series of comics when I was very young. It wasn’t the character of Turok himself who drew me to the comics sold at our local department store though. It was the fact the series contained dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. At the time, those amazing, mysterious beasts Turok was trapped with were a hit with every kid. It is the reason why Jurassic Park blew our collective minds years later.
With the superhero allure of DC and Marvel, I didn’t come to collect many Golden Key titles so Turok and I parted ways for a very long time until he appeared literally out of nowhere on the Nintendo 64 with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. The release of that game breathed new life into the character spawning an entire series of Turok games.
In comic book form, Turok has made his way around the industry being passed around from Western Publishing (Golden Key) to Valiant to Acclaim to Dark Horse Comics. Honouring Turok’s and Gold Key’s history, Dynamite published a series in 2017 which had back-up stories featuring another Gold Key favourite: Doctor Spektor.
After a short absence, Turok returns this week in a new Dynamite Entertainment series written by Ron Marz with explosive art by Roberto Castro.
The first issue presents itself a retelling of the Turok origin with him stumbling across the lost canyon of dinosaurs while rescuing his brother from a racist Calvary officer. The officer is determined to either bring the brothers to a reservation to live out the rest of their days or put them in the ground. There is no compromise.
Turok proves himself to be an accomplished warrior by liberating his brother with his simple bow and arrow pitted against the mighty firepower of the Calvary.
Besides the Lost Canyon being discovered, not much else happens in the first issue and that’s because almost every page is filled with action driven by Roberto Castro’s aggressively animated work, much of which is without the bombastic dialogue one might expect from an action comic. The fact that the dialogue is dialed back gives the first issue are more measured and realistic tone.
With comics being a visual medium, it is sometimes more powerful to let the pictures speak for themselves and the creators behind this iteration of Turok understand that.
Some may cringe at Turok’s depiction of racism but it is a fair one, considering the story takes place in 1873. The words and actions are very ugly and they should be otherwise they are not representing history as it really was.
Turok #1 is a quick but exciting read that anyone who remembers and appreciates the character would be thankful for. It respects Turok’s history while bringing the subject matter into the present day by making it more visceral, gritty and contemporary. It will be fascinating to see what Marz and Castro have in store for us and Turok as we learn more about the Lost Canyon.
- THE GOOD
- Lots of action.
- Intriguing start to a new series.
- Roberto Castro’s art.
- THE BAD
- A retelling of Turok’s well-known origin.
Robert Castro’s work makes this a solid debut for Turok and we are curious where the series will go from here.