TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER #1/ Written by GREG PAK/ Art by MIRKO COLAK/ Colors by LAUREN AFFE/ Published by DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Writer Greg Pak and artist Mirko Colak kick-off Dynamite’s Gold Key imprint revival with the return of everyone’s favorite Nintendo 64 hero, Turok the Dinosaur Hunter.
While Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 is short on actual dinosaur hunting, its deliberate pacing slowly builds to a boil and ultimately pays off in its closing pages. Pak breathes new life into the Turok mythos, building a unique world and backstory around the character. The story shows readers a somewhat familiar Turok, albeit younger, thrust into an entirely new and original setting. Rather than rehash Turok’s past, Pak seems intent on throwing the character and perhaps the entire shared Gold Key universe into uncharted territory.
Artist Mirko Colak produces moody, expressive work here, with Turok’s world feeling dense, cold, and muddy. Colak does great work with character “acting”, infusing his panels with tangible energy and expression. His art really shines when capturing naturalistic elements, the flora and fauna of Turok’s universe. Lizards, fish, and the occasional larger beast all look fantastic. There’s no epic throwdown between Turok and a T-Rex in issue one, but this is the guy you want drawing that scene when the time comes.
Dynamite has taken a page from a newly resurgent Valiant and put together a quality creative team for its Gold Key flagship. Issue one of Turok takes a bit of time to land its hook, but once landed it’s tough not to be excited about what’s next.