Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Jurassic League #3 Review

Written by: Juan Gedeon, Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by: Rafa Garrés
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Ferran Delgado
Cover art by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: July 20, 2022

Jurassic League #3 wages war on two fronts as the Dino-Holy Trinity faces off against Dino-Bizarro and Dino-Giganta while Dino-Green Lantern, Dino-Flash, and Dino-Aquaman are attacked by Dino-Joker and Dino-Atrocitus.

Is It Good?

The novelty has officially worn off. In principle, this title was an opportunity to have some fun with an Elseworlds-style adventure where all the well-known characters of DC are replaced with dinosaur analogs. The door is wide open to have fun with the switch by coming up with creative names, creative twists on characters we already know, and leaning into the prehistoric setting for a wholly unique adventure. None of that creativity is happening here.

In this issue, we see the battle joined on two fronts described in the summary above. There's nothing unique or special about the fight other than DC characters are reskinned into dinosaur-ish frames. The good guys ultimately win on both fronts, and we learn a little more about the Great Embryo - an alien force that consumes the life force of each world it visits.

In terms of plot, there's not much here. Characters fight, good guys win, and we get useful exposition courtesy of Dino-Wonder Woman's magic lasso. To be fair, little kids will probably love this issue for the sheer simplicity of the story and DINOSAURS! It's a gimmick for little kids, so if you keep that outcome in mind, this issue is fine.

However, if you're looking for some brilliance attributed to Daniel Warren Johnson's unique art style and penchant for emotional storytelling, you'll get none of that here. Other than the cover, it's unclear if Daniel Warren Johnson is involved in this comic at all. The writing lacks emotional depth, and the art by Garrés is a messy approximation of Johnson's style without any dramatic finesse.

It would be unfair to say that having Daniel Warren Johnson's name attached to this comic is false advertising, but this issue feels like it.

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About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Jurassic League #3 continues to tell a standard, run-of-the-mill Justice League story where all the characters are reskinned with dinosaur heads. The writing is simplistically fine but doesn't take the creative step of leaning into the setting, and the art messily approximates Johnson's style without the drama or nuance. This issue is a mild recommendation for preschoolers but a skip for everyone else.


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