Four Colour Thoughts – Turok #1

The Creators – Ron Marz – Writer, Roberto Castro – Artist, Salvatore Aiala – Colours, Troy Peteri – Letters

The Players – Turok, Andar

The Story – Turok saves Andar from a ruthless bunch of soldiers and escapes into the past through a strange portal.

The Take – Turok returns once again via Dynamite and this time he is brought to life by the talents of Ron Marz and Roberto Castro and so far, the book does a good job of introducing all the elements necessary for a successful story. So it is that adventure permeates each page from start to finish as Andar finds himself a captive of some overzealous soldiers and his brother Turok looks to rescue him. Of course, Turok does just that as it could go no other way and then the two find themselves on the run. With any Turok comic, one has to expect dinosaurs and they do make an appearance towards the end, setting the book up for its second issue. Marz does a great job, delivering almost everything one could want, but at the end of the day, there was not quite enough to satisfy. Sure, there was a daring rescue and an effective ‘car chase’ scene, obviously there being no cars, but other than that, there was no real meat so to speak. One can easily see that this is just the opening salvo of a much larger story that Marz is setting up and while it is a fun read and grabs the reader in a way that only all-out action can, it would have been nice to have a little something to chew on. Castro’s art is fantastic and a perfect fit for the title and he makes it one of Dynamite’s best drawn books out at the moment. As for where this story is going, Marz leaves it wide open, but hopefully it will be more of the same with more dinosaurs and either a deeper feud with the commanding officer of the army troupe or another, bigger and far more villainous bad guy.  Being yet another reboot, it is also hopeful that this one sticks around for the long haul as the creative team has the chops to make it great, it only needs the audience to keep it going.

Worth It? – Yes.

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