Age of Reptiles
is a comic series 'written' (you'll see why later) and illustrated by Ricardo Delgado, and published by Dark Horse Comics
. It follows the lives of dinosaurs in prehistoric times.
The series consists of three miniseries:
- Tribal Warfare, in which a pack of Deinonychus feud with a group of Tyrannosaurus.
- The Hunt, following an Allosaurus as it is hunted by a small pack of Ceratosaurus.
- The Journey, following a huge herd of dinosaurs as they migrate to warmer lands.
The strangest aspect of Age of Reptiles
is that it uses no sounds.
The dinosaurs do not talk, nor are there written sound effects or narration. It stands on the art alone. The Discovery Channel documentary series Dinosaur Revolution
was initially intended as a loose adaptation of the series with Ricardo Delgado serving as one of the creative leaders of the animated vignettes.
Provides examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: Tribal Warfare has some species meeting that would have been separated by several million years.
- Artistic License - Biology: No matter how cool it looks, raptors could not eviscerate other dinosaurs with jump kicks.
- Anyone Can Die
- Misplaced Wildlife: Tribal Warfare contains many species that would never have met each other in real life, owing to barriers of geography or time.
- Oh Crap: Various dinosaurs display this when they realized they're about to be attacked or, in one memorable case, swept away in a tsunami wave.
- Science Marches On: Delgado's raptors generally lack feathers, though some of the Deinonychus have some.
- Silence Is Golden
- Stock Dinosaurs: Variously averted and played straight. The dinosaurs are never identified in-story, though.