Justice League - Only A Dream
Now if you were a member of the over-worked Justice League, who would you stop from breaking out of jail first? A gang of super-powered villains perhaps? Or would it be the crooked con-artist known as John Dee?
Correct. That's what the League thinks too! The gang, right?
However, after Green Lantern and Batman take down Volcana and Firefly, whilst Superman, Flash, and Hawkgirl, beat up Grundy, Luminous, and Copperhead, guess what the aforementioned Mister Dee manages to do to himself in the meantime?
No. Not that. He doesn't take on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! Although it does look like he could. Huh? Rather, he transforms himself into the skull-faced villain -- labelled Doctor Destiny -- with an ESP machine housed within the prisons infirmary. Furthermore, now that he has the ability to control people's dreams -- as you do -- the bad doc sets his sights on his ex-girlfriend and the Justice League, attempting to take them on, one, by one, by one.
But don't fret though, dear reader. As luck would have it, two of our heroes -- Batman and Martian Manhunter -- are both able to stay awake, whilst the other members mistakenly dose off to sleeps-vile -- leaving it up to them to slap everybody back to reality.
Still, that's most probably explains why what next transpires all comes into play when the dreamers all have a very surreal nightmare. As Batman drinks coffee - a telepathic Martian sticks like toffee - Destiny receives a slap on the head - and at the end of the day the rest of the hero's finally get out of bed.
Ironically enough, whilst I am writing this review on 'Justice League - Only a Dream', I'm starting to feel rather tired. Granted, not so tired that I want to dissolve face down onto my keyboard, praying that the Sandman will take me off to slumber land A.S.A.P.. Oh no. Although I'm not too far off, dear reader! I just want to inform you how good this cartoon is first, OK? And then I can.... zzzzzzzzz
Alright. So where was I? Have I finished writing my review on 'Justice League - Only a Dream' yet? Huh? What do you mean I haven't? Oh! OK. So let me just start off by saying that I really did like watching this cartoon. It was very well constructed as a tale in its own right, and also managed to spread a little personality into the mix as well. Thus making the overall adventure that much more pleasurable to follow.
However, to contradict my positively if I may, there were two aspects about this adventure I wasn't very keen on. Firstly, that whole opening gambit about the 'super-villains escaping' did feel slightly secondary to the main strand of the story, inadvertently giving it that 'get on with it' vibe. And secondly, I thought that the ESP angle to Doctor Destiny's 'origin' were too far removed from his own 'original origins', and felt very disposable within the confines of this very personable adventure.
Still, apart from those two little gripes, overall 'Justice League - Only a Dream' was really good animated adventure to watch. And it supercharged my batteries just enough, I was able to complete this posssssszzzzzzzzzzz.........
THE RATING: B+