Do you remember when comics were fun? I do. I enjoy most kinds of comics except for the ones that talk down to me or try to preach some unwanted message in my escapist entertainment. I’m not reading them for that. If I wanted that, I’d spend more time on Twitter or watch the mainstream news. I read comics because I grew up loving them. I read for the spectacular art and fantastic stories. I also read for the compelling characters and their heroes journeys. This might sound controversial but I read comics for fun. In my best Bill & Ted voice, “No Way!”
I appreciate fun, especially when its backed up by a compelling story. While I haven’t been exactly enamoured by the state of modern American comics, particularly the recent output from the so-called “Big Two,” I wanted to share my thoughts on a brand new mini-series from DC Comics. Jurassic League is exactly what you think it is: a Justice League of Dinosaurs. C’mon, what more do I need to say?
This is the first of six issues. It’s co-written by Juan Gedeon & Daniel Warren Johnson with art by Gedeon. I haven’t seen his work before but I like his style in this book. It’s a cartoony kind of style with some dynamic flowing action scenes involving the dino-characters. The landscapes are well realized and the bright colours by Mike Spicer help bring it all to life. I’m a fan of writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson and thought he was doing the art in this series. He has a bold manga-like style which I enjoy. But Juan Gedeon’s art is really good and fits the tone of the comic.
No spoilers here. I will just say that this first issue introduces us to the Jurassic versions of Batman, Superman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. We get a brief origin story for Superman plus a glimpse of some of the famous villains that regularly fight the main characters. Yes it’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I was smiling pretty much the whole way through the issue. It was an entertaining blast of a comic, a breath of fresh air, and surprised me by leaving me looking forward to issue #2.
A Wakizashi Recommend!
As always, thanks for reading.
-Wakizashi, *feeling young again*