Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Jurassic League #2 Review

The World's Finest Reskinned

Written by: Juan Gedeon, Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by: Juan Gedeon
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Ferran Delgado
Cover art by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 13, 2022

The Jurassic League #2 pits the dinosaur version of Giganta and Bizarro against Superman and Batman to save a village of Neanderthals from being kidnapped for a dark ritual. What is the Dark embryo and why are the dino versions of Atrocitus, Reverse-Flash, and other familiar villains trying to raise it from deep below the ground.

Was It Good?

When the concept of The Jurassic League was first announced, the initial reaction was mixed. When issue #1 came out, the initial reaction was also mixed. The reaction to The Jurassic League #2 will likely be mixed but trending negative. This is not a terrible comic, but it's a comic that has yet to justify its existence.

The plot revolves around Giganta and Bizarro kidnapping the humans from Superman's village to be sacrificed in the ritual that will give rise to the Dark Embryo. This issue is effectively a dinosaur-themed retelling of the first meeting between Superman and Batman when innocents are in danger, and their paths cross for an immediate team-up.

As far as World's Finest stories go, this issue is basic but solid. Superman is overwhelmed by combined forces, Batman arrives in the nick of time but is likewise overwhelmed, and the story turns into a chase to get the humans back by the newly formed superpartners.

The down point is the same one noted in the review for issue #1. There's nothing new or dinosaur-specific about this comic. If you swap in Superman and Batman in their original roles, nothing noteworthy would change about the story or feel unique about what's going on. This issue, much like the previous one, feels like a World's Finest comic that's been reskinned with dinosaur designs. If there's a novelty here other than "DINOSAURS!," it's not obvious nor hasn't appeared yet.

Bits and Pieces:

The Jurassic League #2 continues the trend from the last issue by presenting a basic, formulaic World's Finest comic with the characters reskinned in dinosaur form. So far, it's all about the novelty of dinosaur designs, and that novelty has almost entirely worn off.


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