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Review: Turok, Son Of Stone #1

Turok returns to comics courtesy of Dark Horse.

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Turok returns to comics in Dark Horse's new familiar take on the characters. 
 

The Good 

First issues often take pages to set up the story and characters. Here, we jump right into the action. It's not everyday you get to read a comic with people getting shot by arrows and stabbed by spears. If you're looking for action mixed with some violence, you will find it here, but not in an over-the-top presentation. 
 
I only know Turok from the N64 video games and I assume we're witnessing the beginning of his story. We see the first encounter between Turok and Andar as they flee from the bad guys. Turok is clearly a warrior and will make difficult decisions at the drop of a hat, or arrow in this case.  
 
The art and writing feels true to what I'd imagine these characters reading like. There is a tiny bit of confusion as a new reader like me won't fully know who Turok is or why there are all these dinosaurs around. 
 
Also included is a reprint of Turok, Son of Stone #1 from 1954.  There seems to be some slight differences between Turok and Andar. This story explains more of the world they're in but we'll have to wait to see how it plays out in the new series. The story is simple, yet a fun read.
 

The Bad 

I mentioned the slight confusion with not knowing the background of Turok. While the art was nice, some of the scenes during the day felt a little too bright. Perhaps a little more background on what was going on in this "world" would have helped the story. 
 

The Verdict - 3.5/5 

I am interested to find out more about Turok. I feel I learned more from the reprint story than in the newer main story. It will be interesting to see how closely this version and the old version will be. I can't say I'm completely sold on reading a monthly Turok comic but perhaps once I see more dinosaur action and get more background information, I will be.    

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G-Man, the big problem with Turok is that there are at least three versions of hsi origin story: one from the Gold Key comics, one from the Valiant (and these two are still similar enough) and one from the Acclaim. The art and the "Son of Stone" label place this under the Gold Key continuity (possibly with a couple of nods to the Valiant version). Overall the story is like this:
 

Turok's Origins

Turok was a Kiowa-Apache from a tribe who had little to no contact with the Europeans. He was a great hunter, but also a loner, sadly lacking in emotions, for this reason the elders of the tribe gave him a young boy called Andar to train. Andar was clumsy, but very happy and easygoing.
One day, during a hunt, they felt into a cave that led to a strange lost world where dinosaurs were still alive and many tribes of primitive humans struggled for survival. Turok and Andar discovered that some plants of the Lost Land produced a extremly lethal poison, whihc they used to kill the dinosaurs, this was their secret and they shared it with the primitives, not even their own allies.
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I'm not that big of a Turok fan but i'll check this comic out. 

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Doc Solar has been decent and the first issue of Magnus was great so I decided to give a shot. Also, because of the N64 game. It could be a fun series.

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@Soldier zero said:

"G-Man, the big problem with Turok is that there are at least three versions of hsi origin story: one from the Gold Key comics, one from the Valiant (and these two are still similar enough) and one from the Acclaim. The art and the "Son of Stone" label place this under the Gold Key continuity (possibly with a couple of nods to the Valiant version). Overall the story is like this:"


My policy is to ignore all things Acclaim.  Apparently, they just wanted the Valiant characters for Turok, so they could do Turok games.  Although I think Magnus: Robot Fighter would have been more suited for games, or even Ninjak, whose story was supposed to be based on a character coming out of a video game.  I call Acclaim a blight on comics.

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@cbishop said:

My policy is to ignore all things Acclaim.  Apparently, they just wanted the Valiant characters for Turok, so they could do Turok games.  Although I think Magnus: Robot Fighter would have been more suited for games, or even Ninjak, whose story was supposed to be based on a character coming out of a video game.  I call Acclaim a blight on comics.

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Pretty much the same policy I use, I'm a big fan of Valiant (althought here in Italy the published only a couple of series). When the Acclaim took over they butchered the characters to the point of sillyness, Shadowman and Turok were probably the most prominent example due to the popularity of the respective videogames.
 
About that the Valiant Ninjak wasn't a VR/videogame character, that's the Acclaim character. The Valiant Ninjak (Colin King) was a ninja/secret agent combo)
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@Soldier zero said:
" ...About that the Valiant Ninjak wasn't a VR/videogame character, that's the Acclaim character. The Valiant Ninjak (Colin King) was a ninja/secret agent combo)"

D'oh!  I stand corrected. ;)
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@Soldier zero:
Good basic synopsis. Turok earned his name "Son of Stone" because he was so stoic. The Gold Key version, however, did not involve the current running "bad guy", Chichak, not named in this issue but Valiant and the previous Dark Horse version so named him. The Gold Key version had the two lost in the Lost Land searching for a way back into their normal world. They did discover poison berries which they tipped their arrows with, allowing them to kill the "Honkers". However, they did NOT share this with anyone other than Hutec, a friend that they made and the last of an advanced Indian tribe (like the Mayans). The main plots of the storylines dealt with getting away from the local cave people that wanted their secret to making fire and the poison arrows (or just killing the strangers) or encountering some dinosaurs as they searched for a way out. 
 
Personally, I loved the original series. Yes, the artwork and story lines were in need of help but dinosaurs and Indians (yes, I know, it is more proper to say Native American's). I would love to see a live action movie. The cartoon version was pretty good but with the CGI they can do now... HIYEE! Go for it! 
 
As far as the new revision... it was okay. I truly missed the series, especially as it was ruind by Valiant. I hope that the story lines improve and that the "bad guy" group doesn't track through the entire series like a bad dream. The persistent adversary grows tiresome after a while. I will definitely give the series a chance to get it's footing before calling it extinct.