Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Jurassic League #5 Review



Written by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon
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: September 13, 2022

The Jurassic League #5 confronts the dino-allies with a malevolent entity born to destroy the world - Darkyloseid. Can the heroes band together to confront a common enemy, or will their conflicting priorities tear them apart?

Is It Good?

The Jurassic League #5 is fine. We've kept up on the series to watch where it goes, and the positives of the series are present in this issue. Likewise, the negatives are here as well. At best, you could say this issue is consistent with everything that came before it.

The plot focuses on dino-Darkseid's emergence into the world as an unstoppable force of destruction. At first, the dino-Trinity looks poised to make a stand, but the team hasn't quite bonded. Competing priorities/loyalties pull them apart before a single punch is thrown, leaving dino-Wonder Woman to make first contact with dino-Darkseid on dino-Themyscira.

The big positive of this issue, as with the series, is the novel concept of the Justice League in dinosaur form. By all accounts, young kids love this book, and by virtue of targeting the story to a very young audience, Johnson and Gedeon are unencumbered by deep continuity and ties to other DC titles. The creators are free to simplify the characters to their essence with DINOSAURS, so the book is presented as advertised.

The negative in this issue, as with the series, is the lack of imagination for every reader who is already familiar with the Justice League. The origins of the Trinity are identical to their human counterparts. Their powers, abilities, and personalities are the same. The villains they face are the same. And the plot, except for the Jurassic setting, is identical to a basic Justice League story.

In short, if you're not enamored with the novelty of the dinosaur concept, there's nothing for you here.

The art by Gedeon is a reasonable approximation of Daniel Warren Johnson's style, so if you're a fan of Johnson's work, this issue is close enough to seem familiar. That said, there are little touches and nuances that don't quite have Johnson's spark for drama and action. The pencil/ink style is close to Johnson's, but the composition and dramatic shadow is slightly lacking.


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:

The Jurassic League #5 is an adequate continuation of a basic Justice League story reskinned with dinosaurs. The character development and plot are all basic retellings of work we've already seen before, but if you're into dinosaur reskinning as a novelty, there's plenty to like here for small children.



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