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Age of Reptiles Omnibus Volume 1

(Age of Reptiles #1-3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  93 reviews
When Ricardo Delgado--a prolific development and storyboard artist who has worked on such hit films as Men in Black, The Incredibles, WALL-E, X--Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Matrix series--first set his sights on creating comics, he crafted an epic tale about the most unlikely cast of characters: dinosaurs. Since that first foray into the world of sequential art--which ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Dark Horse Comics
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May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-comics, i-dont-own
Rating is for "The Journey", as I've reviewed the other collected books in their own separate pages.

The journey is the best Age of Reptiles book of the lot, which is unfortunate considering you can apparently only find it here (outside of the original comics). The story is pretty apparent, it concerns a migration of friendly dinosaurs, who get hounded by the more predatorial creatures. The art is pretty sexy, and this book has more complex paneling than previous volumes. The absence of anthropo
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dinosaurs. That's all I really need to say. ...more
Seth T.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Silent comics are really difficult to pull off well. They've got a lot going against them. Exactly half of the linguistic repertoire being forbidden, the creator is forced to rely wholly upon visual language for all exposition. When characters cannot exposit their own motives to the reader, they must rely on illustrated cues to make their purposes, intents, reasons, and passions both knowable and then known. And as difficult as that sounds, the requirement upon the artist of these characters is ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The artwork was very gorgeous. These dinosaurs are quick and intelligent, but still more reptilian than bird. (Lots of scales, no feathers on these dinos.) The coloring of the creatures is wild, even psychedelic.

I wasn't a huge fan of the artist's tendency toward cartoony reaction shots and anthropomorphism to a ridiculous degree, such as turning the Velociraptors (or maybe they were Deinonychus?) into unrepentant bad guys. It seems that the realism of the artwork deserved better than this sill
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This comic about dinosaurs tells its stories without words, so it helped me appreciate how important visual storytelling is. Surprisingly, I got really attached to some of the characters, which gives the book some emotional weight when those characters go through hardships, and oftentimes those stories end in tragedy. It was a darker book than I expected as many of the featured dinosaurs get eaten. The illustrations are beautiful, but be aware that the violence is depicted quite graphically, so ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, let me just say that I love dinosaurs and pretty much anything to do with them! If something has dinosaurs in it then I'm instantly interested. So I was very happy with this omnibus. It has terrific artwork and the lack of words allows you to appreciate the incredible artwork and let the illustrations do the talking. Visual storytelling at its finest. It's essentially like reading a storyboard for an animated film or cartoon. I found this to be a very clever way to use this type of fo ...more
Ashkin Ayub

If you haven't read the series before, the first thing you'll notice about Age of Reptiles is that there are no words. None. A text bubble, a voice-over, or even a sound effect were all absent. To my mind, half of the attraction of the book is that Delgado doesn't provide any information regarding the dinosaur drawings. Including information would turn it into an "educational" book, which would take away from the enjoyment. A story written entirely via images, Delgado takes the notion of dinosau
Remember Rite of Spring sequnce in Fantasia? That's this. Awesome. ...more
This would have been an easy 5 stars had Delgado colored all of the series himself. That said these are fantastic stories that really highlight that you can tell powerful, emotional tales without one bit of dialogue.
Adam Marquis
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Age of reptiles is a book about a dinosaur called the spinosarous, and his journey through a swamp facing other dinosaurs. Throughout his he experiences many different sized animals giving him a perspective of what the world was made of around him. Being a wordless book many unexpected events happened, which is why i would highly recommend this book. It kept me thinking about how he felt and gave me a deep perspective of his feeling and actions.
Abraham Thunderwolf
The day I come across a book of dinosaurs without picking it up is the day that I am truly dead inside. This Age of Reptiles collection combines two things that I've dug since I have first experienced them, dinosaurs and comic books. The dinosaurs hunt in packs, sleep in circles with their horns out, have chameleon like abilities, lurk in the bush waiting for prey, are painted in vibrant hues, all of which truly fit with the action of the book. It's no surprise that Ricardo Delgado is an accompl ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just not my style. I'm not into wordless graphic novels, or--for that matter--many graphic novels, period. So I paged through a couple of pages and called it a day. ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool to look at, but sometimes hard to understand exactly what's happening. ...more
Philip Higgins
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A cool comic book full of lovely dinosaur pics. The writer/illustrator deserves all the praise he gets from luminaries such as Ray Harryhausen & John Landis in the intro: the art is awesome (roarsome?) with some gorgeous prehistoric landscapes, from lush forests to arid deserts. The dinosaurs are red in tooth & claw and pretty graphic in terms of gore: should I have attempted this whole review in rhyming couplets? The T Rexes and similar predators are magnificently rendered and some of the table ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some feathers can be seen, these are largely more old-school dinosaurs with a vibrant, glowing pallet. While the linework is sometimes busy, the art is absolutely gorgeous. Lifelike poses and motion, with some exaggeration in the faces for character - each dinosaur is an individual with recognizable features and its own personality. There's gore, but the violence is realistic and akin to what one might see in a nature documentary (as opposed to a slasher film or survival horror game).

Jul 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silent comic about the Mesozoic era. Enjoyable for anyone who loves dinosaurs with well done art, but the stories here struggle to be more than just "carnivores hunt herbivores." Of the three stories, Tribal Warfare was my favorite because it had a discernible plot about a feud between a pack of Deinonychus and a pair of Tyrannosaurs. As for the other two stories, I found The Hunt boring but enjoyed the documentaryesque style of The Journey which follows the mass migration of a herd of dinosau ...more
Bill Coffin
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ricardo Delgado creates an immortal masterpiece of wordless storytelling as he portrays a series of prehistoric dramas played out by a vast cast of dinosaurs. Here we see that nature is as cruel as it is unjust, but that love for one's own, the fear of dying, and the struggle to live on burns brightly in all of us, whether we are a tiny Compsognathus or a towering Diplodocus. Such a tale might falter were the visuals not up to spec, but Delgado's artwork is just perfect across the board. Terrifi ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful illustrations bring to the page the imagined world and life of the dinosaurs. I love the detail in the images, from the wide sweeping vistas to the fine detail on the close-ups of the dinosaurs teeth and scales. Not every panel is so detailed, but the overall impression is one of tremendous life and vitality. As far as story, things get a bit repetitive here. It’s always about Hunter versus hunted, kill or be killed. Usually this involves larger dinosaurs going after another’s young, a ...more
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the only silent comic I've ever read and I have to say, it didn't dissapoint. While it's a quick read, there's a lot of detail within the panes that begs a second (and then some) read. Ricardo Delgado somehow manages to make a silent comic about dinosaurs exciting and refreshing to read and I would highly recommend this to anyone who A; loves comics and or B; loves dinosaurs.

Although you can view some of the stories within this omnibus in animated form on Dark Horses YouTube channel, I c
I guess this won awards? It was super-highly reviewed? I don't see the appeal; like 1 and 1/2 stars.

This is a wordless graphic novel; it's very hard to follow the action because of the very small pictures of various similar-looking dinosaurs. In one of the introductions-- there are 2 by 2 different people-- the writer talks about anthropormophizing the animals and seeing emotion on their faces, making it such a deep story. I looked really hard for that and couldn't find it. I don't know if thi
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do love dinosaur their such good creatures that have ruled the earth for 165 million years but do you know what if your reading this book i,m asking you to text the author himself to make one of these books about the dinosaur extinction that be cool right to end the series i know you want to go on but like star wars ended with the rise of skywalker why not also end the age of the most greatest creatures to have ever ruled the earth! No other creature on this planet ever ruled like the dinosaur ...more
Adam Windsor
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, 2018
So we've got a bunch of stories about dinosaurs here. They're dialog-free, which makes sense given the characters, but there's a rather large amount of anthropomorphism in most of the narratives, which I found rather distracting. The only story which is largely free of this is also the least complex or interesting over all, and has weaker art than the others: simpler line-work, and much less intricate colouring.

This was OK, but I'd hoped for more.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
So, go into this book knowing it's ALL pictures. Well, other than introductions and various other essays. I bought this book on sale because I love watching artists tell stories. Granted, I wasn't a huge fan of the colors on the first portion of the book, but by the time I got to the end of this volume the artwork was beautiful. It is a fast "read", but I imagine one could examine the volume again and again. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silent comics aren't really my thing, with a notable exception being GI Joe 21 from the original Marvel series, which may be the most famous silent comic issue ever. The art in this series is gorgeous, and while I did confused at times trying to tell all of the dinosaurs apart, overall this was good. The art and colors are top notch, and appeared to be well researched.

If dinosaurs are your thing, this is worth checking out.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
if you ask regular people, they’ll tell you that the JP franchise is all they need. I would go ahead and tell the to shut right the front door until they’ve read this. we don’t know what dinosaurs look like, but this really brings them to life ㏌ a non-traditional way that seems perfectly traditional for the medium.
Erika Worley
This is such great visual story-telling. There are no words, just expressions, so you can interpret the pictures as you see fit. Fortunately, you don't necessarily have to because there is always a clear vision for the story, be it plot or experience. ...more
B.  Barron
Beautiful. Stunning.
Story gets a bit tangled.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Who needs words when you.have such gorgeously gruesome artwork which speaks volumes. I recommend you take a bite 😊
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for artwork, 3 stars for story
Jacob Garson
So good! It's mostly just killing and eating, with narratives of revenge and migration thrown in. Some stunningly beautiful landscape visuals. Kind of mindless, not very emotional. ...more
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