Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert #2 Review
Why am I writing about this series? One of the main characters, the deputy sheriff, is a Navajo. He has a few good traits:
This is balanced against the main stereotype: Jackson's constant wearing of a Navajo-style cowboy hat. I've never seen a Navajo wear one of these in real life, but they occur frequently in cartoons and other media.
Byrne is also guilty of portraying Southwestern deserts as barren wastelands of sand and rock. Actually, these deserts are covered in vegetation.
Below: A typical road through Northern Arizona's high desert. The yellow grass and low green bushes may not look like much, but they cover the landscape. They support a whole eco-system of small animals, birds, and insects.
Although Byrne doesn't do it explicitly, it's common to portray Indian country as a lunar landscape. This makes the Indians look primitive and foolish for choosing to live there.
Devils in the Desert is noteworthy for its ethnic characters. Besides Deputy Jackson, there are a Latina paleontologist, a black FBI agent, and some Japanese businessmen. Other than that, though, the series is unremarkable. It's probably worth getting only if you're a Jurassic Park or John Byrne fan.
For more on the subject, see SUPER INDIAN Webcomic and American Eagle in FEAR ITSELF.
Below: Deputy Jackson's best moment in Devils in the Desert.