Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Mirko Colak Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE BEGINS HERE! Classic Characters by some of Comics Hottest Creators! - Magnus, Solar, Turok and Dr. Spektor! Dynamite is proud to present an all-new adventure ongoing from superstar GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and incredible artist MIRKO COLAK (Red Skull: Incarnate, Conan)! Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating THUNDER LIZARDS attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that's taken everything away from him?

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 4, 2014

    Pak's story and Sears' art blended perfectly to draw me into Turok's world. The last two pages of the issue were the icing on the cake adding in an additional story element that I'm going to love seeing played out over the course of the series. We have something here that is respectful of it's roots but completely fresh. I'm on board for this series and am looking forward to seeing the other titles in Dynamite's Gold Key relaunch; Pak and Sears have set the bar pretty high for the other titles debuting soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Feb 4, 2014

    Turok opens the Golden Key Universe nicely and if the remaining three series are like this I will be a very happy fanboy. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Feb 5, 2014

    Thanks to it's outstanding creative team, and a fresh approach, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 is more than just a reboot, it's a victory lap for everyone involved! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 5, 2014

    Mirko Colak's artwork is unstoppable here. Vibrant, explosively colored by Lauren Affe, and brimming with movement. Colak has a unique style, one that blends a modern flair with an old school, pulp magazine style. Each panel is a small work of art, one that pushes the storyline in such a way that it becomes more cinematic than just sequential art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 7, 2014

    While many readers might come to this book associating Turok to Valiant or even video games, the character does a fine job standing on his own. After all, "alone is better," but "alone with dinosaurs" is better still. As "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter" #1 closes, the setting comes into clearer focus, giving readers a sense for the where and the when, but the what remains a mystery and has promised to pack an adventure-filled picnic basket for lunch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Feb 8, 2014

    It's not perfect, but the new Turok is a fascinating entry into the history of a compelling character within the genre canon. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 5, 2014

    Mirko Colak absolutely kills it in this issue. From start to finish, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 is beautiful. Colak never skimps; he fills in every freaking inch of every single page. Turok's world is lush and living, covered in leaves, life and shadows. You could probably make a case that this thing is too detailed at times, that it's hard to follow the character amongst the starling amount of line work. The only real shame here is that Colak clearly draws awesome dinosaurs and we don't get very many dinosaurs in this issue. Of course, that's coming, so we'll be back, month after month. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson Feb 5, 2014

    Overall Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 was a great first issue in this new series with good pacing, dynamic art, and a really fun premise. If you're at all interested in jumping on board an alternate history series that has so much potential, I would definitely recommend this new Gold Key Universe book from Dynamite Entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 4, 2014

    With Pak, you never know what you might get, other than an excellent read. I went into the comic not sure which version of Turok we'd see, but it's clear from the start, this is Pak's version for a whole new generation to enjoy courtesy of Dynamite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Feb 5, 2014

    A good start to a book that may face some challenges along the way, Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 is a moody adventure tale that ultimately may succeed based on the proliferation of antagonists young Turok needs to surpass to gain his independence and solitude. If that is his ultimate goal, that is. Amid century-tossed adversaries and vicious creatures from another age, will Turok realize the value of his people? Time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Feb 5, 2014

    If Turok is any indication of the level of quality the other Gold Key series will have, then we are in for a real treat. Turok teases you more than anything, but it gives you a meaty enough story that you don't feel like things will only really get started next month. Pak and Colak work great together and I'm excited to see where they take this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Feb 5, 2014

    We love the classics and are always a bit hesitant when those classics are revamped and repackaged with a shiny new cover and presented to us all over again. As someone who's only exposure to this character is by controlling him in a 64-bit video game, this comic serves as a great introduction to Turok's personality and the world that he inhabits. Gone is the running and gunning tough guy that I played in the video game and in his place is a sensitive, relatable outcast in a dangerous world - he is every bit of a classic hero. Pak uses simple storytelling techniques to tell a compelling story, and coupled with the slick art of Colak and Affe, we are presented with a great introduction to Turok and this line of classic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 6, 2014

    While Pak's dialog reads a little choppy at times, the twist and art more than raises Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 to a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Scott Cosby May 28, 2014

    Pak and Colak work very well together. Pak sets Turok up as superior character, both in his sensibilities and his abilities, though he has been set apart by his parents, who did something unspeakable to the tribe when Turok was a child. It is for these sins that he is still persecuted and the reason that he lives by the mantra alone is better. Colaks detail and layouts were particularly impressive, he adds a lot of tone and emotion to the story through the characters facial expressions, and especially when it came to Turok, showing the sudden change from joy to lack of emotion perfectly in this first issue. Add to this dynamic action along with the terrific colors by Affe. This issue is very visually enticing, along with all the covers available. Definitely, looking forward to future issues of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. The Hunt begins again! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Feb 7, 2014

    There is a certain feel and tone that Dynamite books have, and while I can't say I'm a huge fan of it, I am intrigued that, no matter the creative team or book, the tone is consistent. That tone is more in place for a story like this than, say, it is for "Uncanny." That tone " something in the coloring, perhaps? " harkens back to a time long past. Whatever the unnamed element is, it makes this book feel less than modern " that isn't an insult, but rather an observation " and that tone helps transport the reader into a time and place they are not familiar with. For "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter," that helps set the book up for a successful debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 9, 2014

    Still, Pak's script has a lot of interesting places it could go, and the additional conflict does add a new wrinkle to the adventures of a resourceful Native American fighting aliens and monsters in a world beyond his imagining. All in all, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 is a fresh start for a character who has had periodic flare-ups of notoriety, and could be the thing that makes him once-and-for-all a big name, earning a pretty impressive 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Hopefully, coming months will smooth out some of the rough edges of the art, while Pak's previous work has earned him at least a little credit that Turok's adventures will go somewhere unique and interesting… Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Andrew Ziegler Feb 11, 2014

    Overall, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 has given me plenty to be excited about. Im interested to see what the unlikely partnership between Andar and Turok leads toif theyll be able to set aside their many differences and, well, survive. It doesnt bode well for the semi-helpless Andar if Turok carries his alone is better philosophies over to their new predicament. With a bit less crammed between the pages, and more time spent with smaller scenes, the now speedy pacing might slow to something a little more manageable. Its a great story, and I wouldnt any of it to slip through the cracks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GoCollect - @UrbanRemnant Feb 12, 2014

    As I said before, "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter no. 1" is a good start. It's drawn well and written in a way that has me waiting for issue no. 2. With Greg Pak's experience writing these kinds of stories, I have no trouble forgiving him for any minor stumbles. I recommend reading "Turok" and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Feb 4, 2014

    While this first issue was not bad, it also wasn't particularly great. It was just above the average markwhich for those playing at home, on our scale is two starsbut it leaves a lot to be desired. First issues are always hard to really sit down and look at because its generally the first time were seeing the characters and getting a feel for the story to come. Greg Pak is a fantastic writer, so theres little doubt he has a plan and this will get better. At the end of the day, its worth sticking with it for a couple more issues just for that old Turok nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Jeffrey Edwards Feb 4, 2014

    I can't recommend Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 to anybody. As a single issue it lacked basic story telling, or a sense of anything, really. I will, however give it a few more issues to see if they retroactively make this review 100% wrong. I'd gladly accept that defeat if it means a good Turok story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Feb 7, 2014

    Marshall Dillon's artwork has a rustic, unpolished feel to it; perfect for a story set in a prehistoric age. Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 is suspenseful enough to be deserving of your dough. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 7, 2014

    A great story completely undone by the art. If this art doesn't improve quickly Turok will go extinct once again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - James McQueen Feb 4, 2014

    The art isnt too great either with some awkward postures, ropey expressions and the background forest areas are blurrier than that of the N64 game. All the beauty of nature is lost and its an odd choice of look for such a story. With Turok being a hunter, everything would be sharp and focussed but this just feels messy and rushed. Its hard to tell what is going on a lot of the time and its hard to care enough to go back again to make sure you got it right. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Feb 4, 2014

    I like that comics companies are exploring other possibilities besides the super-hero genre, though maybe the problem is trying to do re-makes of classics? Attaching the Turok name gives a gua Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    melt_man Feb 18, 2014

    I have to admit... I knew nothing about Turok before picking this book up, and that may have worked to its advantage. I was sympathetic towards the character and his Bruce-Wayne-ish-back-story and the artwork didn't disappoint. All of this happened when BAM... the "crusading" dinosaurs pop up and trounce what little "witch boy" had. Dynamite may be onto something here... Definitely recommended.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Jul 5, 2014

    First issues are hard, but this was good

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