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The Jurassic League #1 (of 6)

72
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 24 critic ratings.

You know the story: an infant escapes the destruction of its home planet and is deposited on Earth to be raised by human parents. A goddess from a lost city defends truth. A Tyrannosaurus rex dons the visage of a bat to strike fear into evildoers’ hearts. This heroic trinity, alongside a league of other super-powered dinosaurs, join forces to save a prehistoric Earth from the sinister machinations of Darkseid. Wait…what? Okay, maybe you don’t know the story. So join us and bear witness to a brand-new-yet older than time-adventure and experience the Justice League as you have never seen them before!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
27 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B09XN6BGPX

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24 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman-News

    All in all, I can’t think of a better word to describe this book. It’s so fun. It feels like I’m 8 years old again, smashing my Superman action figure on top of the T-Rex so they can ride to go fight off the Transformers attacking Metropolis by using the power of Thor’s hammer and a lightsaber I could just barely fit in Superman’s hand.

    I love this book.

    I feel like a kid again, and that’s wonderful. I want more stuff like this in the future. Absolutely buy this. I am overwhelmingly pleased to give this book…

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The Jurassic League #1 is a ridiculous delight. It’s “what if the Justice League were dinosaurs” and not much else…There are a lot of aspects of this comic that do not make sense, but it really doesn’t matter. Enjoy it for what it is. Its a book built on silliness, and it left me laughing.

  • 100

    Comics Bookcase

    As someone who largely learned to read through comics, I’ve always held a special place for books that stir childlike wonder. Reading this made me feel like a kid again, and I mean that in the best sense. The sheer passion brought by the creative team gives you full license to sit back and enjoy the ride, regardless of how wacky things get. Those who are damned and determined to have a bad time inevitably will. I pity them. For my money, The Jurassic League #1 is a perfect comic.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Bonkers and totally unexpected, The Jurassic League is immediately the number one comic book I never knew I needed in my life!

  • 100

    Superman Homepage

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    It’s not just the concept here that screams “labor of love,” though. It’s the little details. It’s Ferran Delgado’s luminous, scratchy lettering. Or the fact that its world is full of low-hanging fruit like “Growltham City” and “Blackmantasaurus” and my personal favorite, “MetrAAAGHpolis.” Names like that let the reader know exactly where this project stands, and it’s all the better for it. Or the careful bits of world-building deliberately placed throughout that create a deft sense of the world itself, without necessarily being an exposition dump. (And if you’re looking for historical accuracy, forget it – yes, dinosaurs and early mankind exist side-by-side here. Deal with it.) In a world full of self-important comics where it’s the end of the multiverse every other week, sometimes it’s fun to have comics that are just FUN. Congratulations to everybody involved – you absolutely nailed it.

    Jurassic League #1 is the comics equivalent to a song of the summer: fun, frothy, and ridiculously awesome and catchy. Tired of self-important end-of-everything comics? Get on over here and check this out instead!

  • 90

    COMICON

    The Jurassic League by Juan Gedeon and Daniel Warren Johnson reimagines the members of the Justice League as dinosaurs protecting a prehistoric version of the DCU. Gedeon’s art and storytelling embrace the cartoon absurdity of the premise to great effect. The fun is seeing the DC superheroes and villains as dinosaurs and how they act in this new world. This is the kind of insane concept we would have come up with at ten years old! Each page is alive with youthful creativity and bombast.

    The lettering by Ferran Delgado adds another layer of character to the comic. Each word balloon and thought caption appears as if it were scratched on a wall by a cave man. I haven’t seen lettering this unapologetically operatic since the 90s. From its bombastic art to it’s Saturday morning cartoon plot, The Jurassic League delivers on its unconventional premise and reminds us how fun superhero comics can be.

  • 90

    GWW

    Jurassic League issue #1 breaks no worldly ground. Its just the Justice League but as dinosaurs. Daniel Warren Johnson is one of the best comic creators on the planet today, along with a killer creative team, Jurassic League is a must buy. Whether your dinosaur knowledge rivals that of Ellie Sattler or Dr. Grant, pick up this book.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Let’s get it out of the way firstthis is absolutely the most ridiculous comic DC has put out in a very long time. A lot of comics are ridiculous, but few embrace it the way this Daniel Warren Johnson Elseworlds pastiche does.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    What if the Justice League were composed of dinosaurs? It’s a ludicrous premise – one that tests even the already patently silly boundaries of the superhero genre. That’s exactly why exploring it in the pages of The Jurassic League #1 is such a delight. Rather than attempting to disguise that absurdity in too many winking jokes or an abundance of expository excuses, this comic embraces its cartoonish nature in style and substance, and thrives. As a result this introduction to a range of different superhero-themed dinosaurs stalking a world filled with both early Homo sapiens and scaly megafauna is an absolute joy to read, whether it’s delivering bloody action, colorful humor, or superhero themes that resonate regardless of the era in which they are placed.

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    And just like that, this idea already lives up to the hype. I think Jurassic League is a good example of what I like in comics these days. I couldn’t care less about any of the upcoming crossovers or Big Events. Following the X-Men fighting the Avengers fighting the Eternals sounds like such a chore. But give me some silly idea where the Justice League are all dinosaurs, and then go balls to the wall with how gleefully you enact that idea? Just hook it to my veins! Storywise, there’s nothing particularly special or unique about this comic. It presents very straight-forward representations of the characters, only now each one is a dinosaur and it’s somewhat the Mesozoic Era (with cave people). But the writing is strong. And it’s really all about the execution.

    This first issue fully embraces the wildness of the premise and I love it for that. We get a nice big snapshot of all the dinosaur superheroes, as well as a bunch of villains, and they’re all just fun. The fights are brutal and bloody. The surprises are neat, like Jokerzard spitting acid. And everything is so bright and full of color and energy. This is just fun comics. I realize it’s a very niche series, but I guess this is what I’m into these days: letting creators just have fun and be silly and embrace wild ideas. I truly hope the rest of this mini-series is just as much fun.

    The concept is crazy and the creators embrace that craziness to glorious effect. Bright, colorful, full of energy and clearly a labor of fun.

  • 87

    Sequential Planet

    The writing is full of fun puns and references, but the issue shines thanks to artist Juan Gedeon, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Ferran Delgado. It’s no surprise that this creative team makes the wild lands of this forgotten time look so good. Every character has fun designs, and the world that they inhabit is full of color. Bold lines help to make this era where everything is big feel bigger. The action moves along smoothly, thanks to seamless panel transitions. Little moments of fanservice are scattered throughout the panels, encouraging readers to actually take a closer look at every page.

    This doesn’t happen often, but the lettering in Jurassic League might actually be this issue’s best element. Delgado is incredibly creative in this issue, and goes beyond the typical bold font to emphasize words. The font choice fits the era perfectly. The various design choices during the action sequences add sound and life to them. Some boxes and bubbles have splatters of color to fit the character that is speaking. Fonts are colorful at appropriate times and breathe life without distracting the eye. This is some of the best lettering in recent memory.

    Jurassic League #1 is fun, stylish, and a stellar example of what the medium is capable of. Everyone on the creative team is at their best, making this DC’s best debut of the year so far.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    JURASSIC LEAGUE #1 is a fun, quick read that does exactly what you think it would do by creating a kid-friendly dinosaur JUSTICE LEAGUE that parents can share with their children. The art was definitely a bit more graphic at the beginning of the issue and became more age-appropriate as the comic progressed. However, I’d still strongly recommend JURASSIC LEAGUE #1 for new, younger reads to dip their toes into the comic landscape in a safe and wildly entertaining way. If you’re looking for a comic to share or simply ignite an interest in your son or daughter to read comics, this could be that comic.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    While I’m likely going to enjoy this book a whole lot, I’m not as optimistic that it’s going to deliver a strong story. It has every chance to surprise me but the opening doesn’t provide too much of a hook beyond the designs and concept itself. Now, there is a slight tease of what’s going on and I can see just working the concept right out of the gate as being the main draw. But a bit more with the story to draw us into the second issue would help. There are certainly more characters that will appear – we do get nods to a few of them here – so that’s certainly going to help. And a last-panel arrival of some new villains can be a draw. I like what the team has put together here and it has all the makings to be a delightful romp while leaning into what I love best – some non-continuity material that playfully reinvents the core characters.

  • 80

    Big Comic Page

    In terms of fun, colourful DC dino action, this does exactly what it says on the tin. And if you’re looking for puns, gags and prehistoric versions of your favourite DC heroes and villains, you’re really not going to get much better than this.

  • 80

    SuperCliff

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Jurassic League #1 is an interesting idea that doesn’t seem to have anything interesting in the execution other than the art design. It’s like reading a comic version of the Flintstones where the characters are nearly exact reproductions of the originals, tweaked to fit the setting. Whatever magic intended to come out of this concept may unfold in later issues, but this first issue is only a strange homage.

  • 65

    Zona Negativa

  • 62

    Multiversity Comics

    In short, “The Jurassic League” #1 isn’t quite there yet; it’s still trying to find the right tone, and the dinosaur theme doesn’t translate well to every character or location they go for. There are some real standout moments, but there are just as many that don’t land.

    But then, if you’re reading a comic about the Justice League as dinosaurs, you’re probably ready to just relax and enjoy the craziness, and you’ll have plenty of that. So if you go in with the right expectations, you’re still gonna have a good time.

    Not every moment of “The Jurassic League” hits just right, but if you’re here for dinosaurs and super-powered violence, you’ll get exactly what you asked for.

  • 60

    Graphic Policy

    While I like the concept and appreciate the comic on some level, I just wasn’t a fan of The Jurassic League #1. There’s some great ideas and maybe it’ll get better, but the debut feels like it bounces around what it wants to be. There’s some comedy, a lot of action, and some serious aspects but none of it quite gels together. The comedy spans so much from spoofs to puns to physical pranks but even a lot of that feels like it’s set on the easy level. “Jokerzard” for instance doesn’t feel inspired as a joke or spin for the name of a dinosaur Joker. It’s just… ok. The Jurassic League #1 feels like it might go over with kids better but for me, there’s a lot other things I’d read first this week.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    The overall effect of the comic is to give me the feeling that the creators want to have their drama cake and eat it comedically too, and while they don’t fail in that endeavor, it’s not quite successful on either level.

  • 50

    AIPT

    Juan Gedeon’s figures really are the strong suit here. This premise needed big bold character designs and Gedeon delivered. Though the narrative of The Jurassic League #1 left a lot to be desired, Gedon’s craftsmanship almost makes up for it. The detailed linework and dynamic poses makes for a book that looks more exciting than it actually is. Readers looking for more substance will need to keep digging.

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