I discovered Voracious in my research for Superhero Week. It was only after deciding to review the series so far that I found that the current run is a sequel. Here’s the good news, issue one of Voracious: Appetite for Destruction catches up with a text summary, and it’s all you need.
Let me catch you up with the madness in just a few sentences. An angry chef gets his hands on a time travelling suit and discovers dinosaurs are tasty. He starts to hunt them and service them up at his new restaurant. At the same time, sentient anthro-dinosaurs begin to vanish from a far future dinosaur city.
Honestly, with a crazy set-up like that, I think you can leap into Action Lab’s Danger Zone’s dinosaur story at pretty much anywhere. It’s rated T+ for mature teens because dinosaurs have big gnashy teeth and like to chomp into people. There’s some blood. There’s some gore. There are limbs here and there. Good stuff.
Written by Markisan Nasao and illustrated by Jason Muhr, Voracious: Appetite for Destruction is a colourful and professional excuse to chill out and have a smirk. The production values are high. This is not some madcap Kickstarter put together on a budget. This is some madcap serious business with some great looking anthro-dinosaurs that I hope exists as portrait illustrations on the internet somewhere. Despite the far our plot premises, Naso’s story hangs together well and develops in ways you might not have expected.
Issue 3 is in the shops this week, and if you’ve got a teenager to distract or just want take a timeout yourself, then I honestly think you could do a lot worse than Voracious: Appetite for Destruction.
I can’t quite figure out why one of the main characters thinks in doodles, but, hey, it’s cool. Perhaps it is his way of coping with the fact dinosaur policemen are real.
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You can grab Voracious at Comixology.