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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826831
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Fry on 20 Aug 2011
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What I was expecting when I found out about this graphic novel was that it would be a little like Gangs of New York meets Land Before Time, with a story of racial warfare and the usual story elements.
Nah-ah! This comic doesn't personify the creature to human standards, it runs very much like a nature documentary. Realistic and naturally brutal.
Also, the absolute lack of text (ie, speech and a narrator) caught me off guard at first, but once you get into the flow you don't need text. The dinosaurs expressive body language lets you think of your own dialogue and interpretation without getting it totally wrong from what is happening. Therefore reading the graphic novel flows with an cinematic fluidity. The action scenes are just brilliant too.

I can understand that this style of comic book might not be to everyone's taste, but for those wanting something a little different this is a great book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2013
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I was very, very pleasantly surprised and even impressed by this collection. Below, you will find more elements, with some limited SPOILERS.

This is a collection of three comics, initially published separately by Dark Horse respectively in 1993, 1997 and 2009. This is a complete collection as, to the best of my knowledge, there were no more "Age of Reptiles" stories published nowhere (and it is a pity by the way...). The stories are called "Tribal warfare" (1993), "The hunt" (1997) and "The journey" (2009).

As the previous reviewer also remarked, those stories are completely DEVOIDED of words. Quite obviously dinosaurs and other animals do not speak, but Richard Delgado also opted for removing all kind of narration - and I must say that I loved it! Kudos for the author here, because making a succesful comic without ANY WORDS at all is much harder than it could seem - but here it was made with a great mastery.

In "Tribal warfare", a Tyrannosaurus family competes with a pack of Deinonychus for limited supply of food in a pretty desolate place - it is clear, that the losers in this confrontation will simply starve...

In "The hunt" the story begins mostly in the same way - a family of Allosaurus competes for food and territory with a pack of the Ceratosaurus, predators even more vicious and definitely bigger than the Deinonychus. Here however the surroundings are somehow less hostile and also at one moment the story has a BIG twist...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Awesome. 26 Jan 2011
By BW - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like (a) great art, (b) great story telling, or (c) dinosaurs, don't miss this book. If you like all of the above, you should really not miss this book. The artwork is stunning, and it's great to have all these stories collected into one omnibus. Unfortunately, the publisher has shortchanged both the artist and the reader, delivering the product in a format substantially SMALLER that the original comic books. Worse, the tight binding on the thick omnibus edition means that you really can't fully open each page to get the full effect of Delgado's numerous and stunning two-page spreads. And the "cover gallery" squeezes two of the original wrap-around covers on to each (small) page.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular work 27 Mar 2011
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This book is really a labour of love. Delgado is obviously a superb draftsman and storyteller. In addition he has a considerable understanding of the current paleontological research which he has used to re-create an entire lost ecosystem. The scale of it is breathtaking and the beauty is utterly compelling. Even though there is no dialog and very little text of any kind , the book takes some time to read. The detail and sophistication of Delgado's world is utterly absorbing. You find that you miss things on a cursory read through, so it rewards multiple-readings.
The only thing that annoyed me was the colouring on the initial chapters, which seemed unnecessarily garish. I know that dinosaurs were probably quite colourful, but this goes too far and distracts from the drawings. The majority of the book is coloured differently though which makes me thing that this was an early problem that was then fixed.
If you like comics, dinosaurs or impressive storytelling then I heartily recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Speechless, so speechless - and yet so powerful... 8 April 2013
By Darth Maciek - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very, very pleasantly surprised and even impressed by this collection. Below, you will find more elements, with some limited SPOILERS.

This is a collection of three comics, initially published separately by Dark Horse respectively in 1993, 1997 and 2009. This is a complete collection as, to the best of my knowledge, there were no more "Age of Reptiles" stories published nowhere (and it is a pity by the way...). The stories are called "Tribal warfare" (1993), "The hunt" (1997) and "The journey" (2009).

As the previous reviewer also remarked, those stories are completely DEVOIDED of words. Quite obviously dinosaurs and other animals do not speak, but Richard Delgado also opted for removing all kind of narration - and I must say that I loved it! Kudos for the author here, because making a succesful comic without ANY WORDS at all is much harder than it could seem - but here it was made with a great mastery.

In "Tribal warfare", a Tyrannosaurus family competes with a pack of Deinonychus for limited supply of food in a pretty desolate place - it is clear, that the losers in this confrontation will simply starve...

In "The hunt" the story begins mostly in the same way - a family of Allosaurus competes for food and territory with a pack of even more vicious (and bigger than the Deinonychus) predators, the Ceratosaurus. Here however the surroundings are somehow less hostile - and also at one moment the story has a BIG twist...

Finally, "The journey" describes the seasonal migration of an enormous herd of many varieties of dinosaurs (mostly herbivorous, but with some omnivorous smaller species included) - they are of course followed by predators and scavengers and then, there are some more opportunist big mouths who WAIT for them at some stratgically chosen points...

As the previous reviewer very well noticed, author avoided skillfully the trap of "humanizing" the animals (dinosaurs and others). The "heroes" are animals, period. However, Richard Delgado used with great talent all the possibilities animal behaviour offered to him - we know today, that most animals are much more complicated than what was once thought. Animals can go to great lenghts to help other members of their species, they seem to feel regret when one of their herd (family) dies, they can be playful, depressed, jalous, mean and sometimes they can even be simply foolish... All this is used in those three stories, without ever transforming animals in quasi-humans.

Those stories are also pretty violent, as the "heroes" in the first two are exclusively meat-eaters, and there is no way around it - to eat meat you have to kill, and it is never pretty... It is not a comic for the squeamish...

Bottom line, I LOVED "Age of reptiles", I am absolutely keeping this book for another viewing (as there is no reading possible, no matter how hard you try) and recommend it for all comic books afficionados and/or dinosaurs buffs. Enjoy!
Smaller then the originals 12 July 2014
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Smaller then the originals...but still a great story. Cheaper then buying them separately!
An Epic Story With No Words 18 May 2014
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I bought this book for my 12 year old son who is a BIG dinosaur fan. He loved the realistic action in a comic style approach. Even with no words it tells the story of dinosaurs, good and bad. This is a book that even I, as an adult, enjoyed. Looking forward to getting Volume 2.
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