If these dinosaur puns don’t bring a giant smile to your face, you probably won’t enjoy The Jurassic League #1. At the same time, if the idea of the Justice League as dinosaurs battling prehistoric supervillains doesn’t bring you joy, odds are that few things do.
The villains, like the psychopathic Jokerzard or tyrannical Blackmantasaurus, are using humans’ bodies to build some sort of machine on behalf of an unknown horror. Fortunately, Wonderdon has received visions of a gathering of champions – five dinosaurs that will stand tall to meet the threat head-on. After arming herself with a variety of magic defenses, she goes to join them.
Written by Juan Gedeon & Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by Juan Gedeon
Coloring by Mike Spicer
Lettering by Ferran Delgado
Published by DC
‘Rama Rating: 8/10
From page one, panel one, readers can tell that this alternate version of the DCU is in first-class hands. Writers Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon (who also draws the book) put us right into the action, with a mysterious spaceship crashing to Earth containing a dinosaur baby. But don’t think the writers spend too much time on origin stories – as soon as we see little Supersaur’s human parents adopt him, we cut to the present day, as Batwalker stalks a killer.
Of the many impressive things about this comic, one of the most is that Gedeon and Johnson introduce us to this alternate DCU so seamlessly. At no point does it feel like there’s something you’re missing as a reader. By focusing the entire story around the strange evil that the villains serve, the writers simplify and clarify the world of the book and the heroes that populate it, allowing a reader to focus on the absolutely killer art.
And folks, what art it is. It’s hard to read Jurassic League #1 and not imagine that this is the comic Juan Gedeon has waited for his entire life, there’s so much care and detail and absolute boldness on each page. Everything cool about prehistoric fiction is in this comic, plus hero and villain designs that rank among the best Elseworlds titles. From BatWalker’s Jurassic utility belt to Wonderdon’s dino-themed magic armor, these suits are sure to make an impression. In fact, if Todd McFarlane isn’t working on an action figure line, we riot.
Speaking of action, this book has got it in spades. In particular, the fight scene between BatWalker and Jokerzard is as brutal as it is beautiful, and Gedeon uses it to sneakily introduce a key character point. No spoilers here, but you’ll be impressed by how well that important moment is worked in. Plus, the scene also contains the single best Batarang sound effect ever on the comic page, and yes, I’m sticking by that. There’s one more great action scene after this one in Jurassic League #1, and there are sure to be more as the series goes on.