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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  78 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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Andrew
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-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
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Joshua
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dinosaurs. That's all I really need to say.
Peacegal
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
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Diz
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
Matt Garcia
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
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
Chris
Remember Rite of Spring sequnce in Fantasia? That's this. Awesome.
Tim
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.
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
Ruth
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.
Darth
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 t ...more
Kaitlynn
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).

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Sarah
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
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Lloyd
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.
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.
Hugo
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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Adam
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for artwork, 3 stars for story
Donna
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 😊
M
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
Stephen
Dinosaurs!!!!!!! My inner child loves this. My adult self loves it too. It takes a real talent to make a story move forward with no words. The talking dinos thing has been done to death anyway. It also takes a real talent to make reptilian faces have emotional expressions but not look cartoony. Even though the T-Rex and the Raptors do horrible things to each other, the give and take of their rivalry is almost comical in parts. I take one star away only because the art, while amazingly detailed, ...more
Michael O'sullivan
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paleofiction
I absolutely ADORE this book. Yes, I am a vertebrate palaeontologist and yes, I was born a dino nut. But I think that makes me far more critical. The art in this series is lovely. It's amazing to see how the style has shifted in the nearly 20 years since the first series was published. Delgado manages to tell a fantastic story and produce wonderful characters, without a single line of dialogue and without trying to make you think these are scaly people. These are animals, living animalistic live ...more
Molly
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wow... not sure if this will make sense, but this book was like the Battle of Hastings in the Land Before Time, written like if Owly were in the Bayeux Tapestry. That's perfectly clear, right? Even without words, this took a little bit of time to read- my brain had to work even harder to figure out what was going on, who was whom, and it was a real adjustment to read a comic about dinosaurs that weren't anthropomorphized. The art was stunning, really, and each page had a wealth of detail to take ...more
Sarah
If someone tried to explain this book to me I think I would run away screaming - it's an entirely wordless graphic novel about dinosaurs, compiling three award winning miniseries from the mid-90's. Yeah I would probably not read that. But I did read it and it was AWESOME. SO FREAKIN' AWESOME. You become incredibly invested in the lives of these dinosaurs, their families, their search for food, their losses and their feuds. And while they are a bit anthropomorphized, this is not a dinotopia-like ...more
Anna
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Textless, visually rich stories of dinosaurs going about the business of survival in a world of predators and natural dangers. The three main stories involve territorial rivalry between a group of velociraptors/deinonycus and one of their larger cousins; the struggles of a young carnotaurus suddenly on its own; and the story of a mass migration that seems to coincide with a famine or disease. Interesting portrayals of dinosaur lives with appearances by several favourite species on land, air and ...more
Summer
Dinosaurs. 'Nuff said. I loved it. Art is fun too.
Stephan
This is the first "silent" comic I've read, and wow I'm impressed!
Even without text the author manages to capture all the meaning in the "dialogues" between the dinosaurs. it doesn't matter if it's the tender moments between loving mates or baby dinosaurs and their parents. Or a dramatic encounter between rivalling carnivores. The emotions are clearly drawn and you can't help to feel for these impressive creatures.

I can't help to think of a wild life documentary, made millions of years ago.
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