After prior Jurassic Park comic titles such as 'Redemption' and 'Devils in the Desert', we get a story that doesn't quite feel like Jurassic Park. Sure, it takes place on Isla Nublar, and there are dinosaurs galore, but the story is still very different in tone and content, that it might throw fans off a little.
An undercover CIA agent named Espinoza tries to bust a drug lord named Cazares that bought out the island, only to get found out and get stranded on said island. If the dinosaurs don't get him first, Cazares's hunters will. But he comes across a woman named Frances White, who chose to strand herself on the island long ago and be one with nature. She long learned to communicate with the raptors (which by now are completely feathered), and they willingly obey her command and signals. She even considers the T-Rex as a kind of `God' of the island, in which only the worthy can be able to look the beast in the eyes and be judged, a trial that she forced Espinoza to undergo before she decides to use the raptors as an army and help Espinoza. And aside from just Frances White who comes complete with a sizable bust and a midriff-showing tank top (of course), all the characters aside from Cazares look like the kind that sexy-looking actors would play, a far cry from the common everypeople look of the characters in the movies.
Again, a very different offering that can get so wildly incredible even by previous standards--but in the end I don't consider that a bad thing at all. If anything, it's truly refreshing to see a change in pace in the usual formula from every single past Jurassic Park story, to have a story that Spielberg probably wouldn't have concocted for the film series. It's intriguing to see the dinosaurs portrayed in a whole new angle through the perspective of Frances that we probably never would've before. In other words, it's not another man-eating monsters kind of story, but about animals, unspoken communication and coexistence. It plays out its themes of predator and prey and the survival food chain really well in the story's context. It is action-packed and totally exciting for it. And the artwork is probably the best that the Jurassic Park comics have ever looked--the dinosaurs, especially the feathered raptors, and their habitats are just plain gorgeously drawn, just as much so as the human characters. And as a special bonus, this comic is encased in a special hardcover. Altogether, 'Dangerous Games' is a winning collector's item for Jurassic Park fans from IDW!