A Gathering Of Turoks In Turok #5

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The calvary captain and Miss Nathaniel follow Turok and Andar into the pyramid. There, they find not just one Turok, but many. Somehow, Turok summoned other versions of himself from across realities with a stone. He’s confused by this, but he somehow knows that he can control the stone. However, the time hunter returns, and he still intends to kill Turok before he can “destroy all reality.” This leads to a battle across time and realities between Turok and his allies and the many versions of the time hunter.

Turok #5 cover by Rags Morales and Haley Renee Brown
Turok #5 cover by Rags Morales and Haley Renee Brown

Turok #5 concludes the first story in this run with the character. It has an epic battle between the Turok’s and the time hunters, and, naturally, there’s plenty of dinosaurs.

It’s a fast-moving and action-filled story. It doesn’t take long for the comic to reach its climax, but it doesn’t stay there especially long either.

This leads to my main criticism of Turok #5: it feels incredibly rushed. It felt like we were building up to something grand, but this comic brings us to the big, epic battle between Turok’s and hunters and then ends somewhat abruptly. It seems like it wants to build the new status quo for Turok under Dynamite Entertainment, but it also seems to end this series. The conclusion has a very “and the adventure continues” feeling, and I can’t find another issue on the horizon.

Turok #5 art by Roberto Castro, Salvatore Aiala, and letterer A Larger World Studio's Troy Peteri
Turok #5 art by Roberto Castro, Salvatore Aiala, and letterer A Larger World Studio’s Troy Peteri

Roberto Castro’s artwork once again impresses. It brings a classic and line-heavy aesthetic that feels reminiscent of the work of the great Walt Simonson. It looks damn good, and it suits Turok very well. Salvatore Aiala’s color art brings the right level of dirty and gritty to the book too.

Turok #5 is a fun if abrupt installment for the great dinosaur hunter. We get an epic battle across time and reality with fantastic artwork from Castro and Aiala, but the ending feels incomplete and rushed. Despite that, I still enjoyed the reading experience and can recommend it. Feel free to check it out.

Turok #5 comes to us from writer Ron Marz, artist Roberto Castro, color artist Salvatore Aiala, letterer A Larger World Studio’s Troy Peteri, cover artist Rags Morales with Haley Renee Brown, and variant cover artist Butch Guice with Dan Brown.

Final Score: 7/10

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