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 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:
- 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
- Cool vs. Awesome: Everything is dinosaurs; when anything fights anything it will be awesome.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: At one point a tsunami strikes.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Tribal Warfare contains many species that would never have met each other in real life, owing to barriers of geography or time.
- Gorn: The dinosaurs tend to die very messily, and the predators spill tons of blood.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rule of Cool: This is a comic book series depicting only dinosaurs after all.
- Science Marches On: Delgado's raptors (and other dinosaurs) 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.