The Jurassic League

The Jurassic League, often simply referred to as Jurassic League, is an American comic book published by DC Comics. The six-issue limited series, co-written by Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon and illustrated by Gedeon, began publication on May 10, 2022.

The Jurassic League
The Jurassic League Cover.png
Cover of The Jurassic League #1 (May 2022).
Art by Daniel Warren Johnson.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatLimited series
GenrePrehistoric
Superhero
Publication dateMay 2022
No. of issues6
Main character(s)Jurassic League
Creative team
Written byDaniel Warren Johnson
Juan Gedeon
Artist(s)Juan Gedeon

PremiseEdit

The Jurassic League presents a prehistoric version of Earth from an alternate reality where the heroes and villains of DC Comics are anthropomorphic dinosaurs.[1]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

According to Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon, the authors of The Jurassic League, the series' unusual concept came from their shared interest in classic franchises starring dinosaurs and anthropomorphic creatures, with Johnson commenting: "I dig the Justice League, but I dig them more as dinosaurs. It's been an absolute pleasure to join Juan Gedeon in creating a new world for DC [Comics], complete with dinos, cavemen, and extinction level events".[2][3] DC Senior Editor Katie Kubert said she was thrilled when Johnson and Gedeon came to her with the idea for the comic book, as Kubert, in her own words, "knew we had something truly special".[4]

DesignEdit

Regarding the redesign of DC characters from humanoid beings to dinosaurs, Gedeon explained: "I wanted each dino to be recognized immediately as the hero they represent. So I tried to pick a dino that captured the essence of their human counterpart to use as base".[5] For example, he and Johnson decided to turn Wonder Woman into a Triceratops, as they considered it to have an "athletic" physique that would fit with Wonder Woman's; in Superman's case, they chose a Brachiosaurus, as it was a herbivore that seemed harmless, but solid and strong at the same time, akin to the hero's image; and for Batman, the duo intended to change him into a "carnivorous dino", and Allosaurus felt right as it had horns that resembled Batman's cowl ears. Another reason for this choice is that using a bigger dinosaur, like Tyrannosaurus, would make Batman look too powerful, a notion that Johnson and Gedeon opposed themselves, with both taking into account the fact that Batman has no super power.[2]

InfluencesEdit

As inspiration for The Jurassic League, Johnson and Gedeon cited several points of influence for the creation of the series, such as Age of Reptiles, Primal, Primal Rage, Street Sharks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and James Groman's horror-inspired sculptures.[5] The version of the Joker seen in The Jurassic League, who is a Dilophosaurus in this continuity, was modeled after the portrayal of Heath Ledger in the 2008 film The Dark Knight and the Vertigo character from Primal Rage, with Johnson and Gedeon wanting this particular iteration of the Joker to be "crazy, sneaky, colorful, unpredictable, dangerous and cool, but kinda disgusting to some degree".[6]

PublicationEdit

The Jurassic League was co-written by Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon,[7][8] the latter of whom also handled the interior artwork for the comic book,[9] while the former designed the front covers for all its six issues.[10] The limited series was officially announced by DC Comics on February 3, 2022.[11] The six issues of The Jurassic League are released by DC at monthly intervals, with the first being published on May 10, 2022.[12]

IssuesEdit

Issue Publication date Ref.
#1 May 10, 2022 [13]
#2 June 14, 2022 [14]

ReceptionEdit

Following the announcement of The Jurassic League, the series was met with a highly positive response from the general public, who expressed their approval and enthusiasm for the comic book on social media in general.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gooden, Tai (February 3, 2022). "THE JURASSIC LEAGUE Imagines the Justice League as Dinosaurs". Nerdist. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Blum, Jeremy (February 3, 2022). "DC Reinvents the Justice League as a Team of Dinosaur Heroes in 'Jurassic League' Series". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  3. ^ Dar, Taimur (February 3, 2022). "Life finds a way in JURASSIC LEAGUE limited series from Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon". The Beat. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  4. ^ Anderson, Jenna (February 3, 2022). "Jurassic League: DC's Heroes and Villains Become Dinosaurs in New Series". ComicBook.com. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Polo, Susana (February 3, 2022). "Here's a first look at Jurassic League, a comic where the Justice League heroes are all freakin' dinosaurs". Polygon. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Zogbi, Emily (February 4, 2022). "DC's Newest Joker Is a Dinosaur With a Heath Ledger-Inspired Look". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  7. ^ DC Publicity (February 3, 2022). "Defenders of Truth, Justice and the Prehistoric Way". DC Comics.com. DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Blum, Jeremy (February 25, 2022). "Justice League Goes Full Gundam in New DC Mech Series". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  9. ^ Johnson, Daniel Warren [@danielwarrenart] (February 3, 2022). "I'm co writing a DC book called THE JURASSIC LEAGUE with Juan Gideon, who's also drawing it! ITS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AS DINOSAURS! Colored by @spicercolor! Bam!". Retrieved February 6, 2022 – via Instagram.
  10. ^ Abbate, Jake (February 3, 2022). "DC Heroes Get a Prehistoric Makeover in Jurassic League This May". SuperHeroHype.com. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Ribeiro, Pedro Henrique (February 7, 2022). "The Jurassic League - Personagens da DC viram dinossauros em nova HQ". Omelete (in Portuguese). Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Johnston, Rich (February 3, 2022). "DC Comics Turns Justice League Into Dinosaurs For Jurassic League". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  13. ^ "THE JURASSIC LEAGUE #1". DC Comics.com. DC Comics. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  14. ^ "THE JURASSIC LEAGUE #2". DC Comics.com. DC Comics. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  15. ^ Perry, Spencer (February 5, 2022). "DC Comics Fans Can't Wait for Dinosaur-Themed Jurassic League". ComicBook.com. Retrieved February 7, 2022.