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Age of Reptiles Omnibus Volume 1

(Age of Reptiles #1-3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  85 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: a, comics
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.
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
Remember Rite of Spring sequnce in Fantasia? That's this. Awesome.
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.
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.
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).

Sohan Surag
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With absolutely gorgeous artwork, Age of Dinosaurs simplifies storytelling to its basics. Through wordless panels, Age of Reptiles tells stories of survival, revenge and carnage and is to be considered a feat. It takes a micro couple of seconds to soak in all the details in the panels and once it’s done, you will be blown away. And Ricardo Delgados dinosaurs are out of this world able to emote and yet be looking as natural as possible. Of the three stories Tribal Warfare is my favourite and alth ...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
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
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.
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.
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.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you could read a Planet Earth documentary and it was about dinosaurs, this book would be it.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for kids. Delgado did a great job telling a primal story without anthropomorphizing the animals involved.
Luke Shea
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greats by one of the greats
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ricardo Delgado does a masterful job of recapturing the thrill of dinosaurs with his Age of Reptiles collection. The omnibus collects a few of his series, and immerses you into a paleolithic world inhabited by massive monstrosities. Tyrannosaurs and raptors wage a personal battle in the Tribal Warfare series; the dispute over a kill brings both clans into a war that ends with a climactic battle atop the raptor nest. In The Hunt, various toothed carnivores track their prey across mountains, valle ...more
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Age of Reptiles is an omnibus that is very engaging. I really enjoyed it. I have always loved dinosaurs. The stories contained within this omnibus are depicted through pictures. There are no words other than the forward and the essays. Dinosaurs don't talk, so there is no dialogue. This does not take away from the stories. The images are very involved and graphically appealing. I devoured this on one sitting because the stories are told so well through the pictures that I had to see more. There ...more
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