Comic Book / Age of Reptiles
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 four 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.
- Ancient Egyptians, following a Spinosaurus setting up shop in a swamp oasis.
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:
- Age of Titles: The title of the series.
- Anachronism Stew: Tribal Warfare has some species meeting that would have been separated by several million years.
- The other two stories generally avert this (except for a few examples that only people really into dinosaurs would be able to spot), depicting animal life that would have lived together in the roughly the same time and place.
- Artistic License – Paleontology: No matter how cool it looks, raptors could not eviscerate other dinosaurs with jump kicks.
- Some of the dinosaurs' behavioral traits and designs (such as the Ceratosaurus' chameleon camouflaging skills) probably aren't close to reality.
- Anyone Can Die
- Challenging the Chief: Happens among the Deinonychus pack in Tribal Warfare and the pack leader kills the challenger.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The small mammal in Tribal Warfare. He's introduced being chased by the baby Tyrannosaurus but appears in the last frame of the story eating the last surviving Tyrannosaurus egg.
- Cool vs. Awesome: Everything is dinosaurs; when anything fights anything it will be awesome.
- Cycle of Revenge: The feud between the group of Raptors and Tyrannosaurids in Tribal Warfare starts with a Kill Steal by a Tyrannosaurus, then the Raptors steal their eggs in revenge, then the Tyrannosauruses kill a bunch of raptors in revenge, rinse and repeat. It ends with all but one Tyrannosaurus dying, who is then confronted by a Chekhov's Gunman.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: At one point a tsunami strikes.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: Averted hard in Ancient Egyptians with the Paralititan herd, who like to stomp carnivores they encounter without provocation.
- It Can Think: Implied with some of the dinosaurs, such as when the Deinonochys in Tribal Warfare appear to be laughing at the Tyrannosaurus after they escape with its eggs and the Allosaurus in The Hunt who is implied to recognize the Ceratosaurus pack as the same ones that killed his mother.
- Mama Bear: All dinosaur mothers, such as the Allosaurus' mother in The Hunt and the Tyrannosaurus mothers in Tribal Warfare and The Journey.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Tribal Warfare contains many species that would never have met each other in real life, owing to barriers of geography or time.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: The Deinonychus pack after several are killed by a Tyrannosaurus.
- Gorn: The dinosaurs tend to die very messily, and the predators spill tons of blood.
- No Name Given: Subverted, as the major characters in the first two miniseries are named in the prefaces.
- 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: The female Spinosaurus in Ancient Egyptians, which is unusual because usually its males of an animal species that are more colourful.
- Ptero Soarer: All of them are bipedal, lack sufficient pycnofibres and many of them suffer from the typical Misplaced Wildlife, Mix-and-Match Critters and Anachronism Stew, even worse than the dinosaurs in the stories.
- While you could argue that they were simply being territorial, the flock of Dsungaripterus that attacked that unfortunate ornithocheirid were being somewhat unrealistically violent toward it.
- Reality Ensues: In Ancient Egyptians, when the male Spinosaurus encounters the previous chicks of the female, he immediately goes into Kill 'em All mode on them, as this is what a male trying to bring a female to season in real life would do.
- Rule of Cool: This is a comic book series depicting only dinosaurs after all.
- Silence Is Golden
- Stock Dinosaurs: Variously averted and played straight. The dinosaurs are never identified in-story, though.