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Comic Book: Super Dinosaur

"Behind me, the nine-foot tyrannosaurus rex... don't pretend you didn't notice him... That's Super Dinosaur. And he's my best friend."

The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! SUPER DINOSAUR and DEREK DYNAMO are the only ones who can stop him! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a ten year-old kid and his best friend, a nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex who loves to play video games. — Official description

Super Dinosaur marks writer Robert Kirkman's first foray into family-friendly comic books. The Walking Dead and Invincible creator teams up with artist Jason Howard (having worked together previously on The Astounding Wolf Man) to deliver a colorful, fun, and very comic-bookey series. Super Dinosaur as a series realizes its status as a comic book and revels in it. The villains ham it up, one liners abound, and there is a ton of action. While this may sound boring Kirkman gives us a number of intriguing characters and plotlines. Sometimes dealing with heavy emotional issues. Super Dinosaur is often referred to as a Saturday morning cartoon in comic book form.

The series follows Derek Dynamo, the son of Dr. Dynamo, mad genius and the man responsible for discovering Dynore, a powerful new mineral capable of amazing scientific leaps. And that's not all; along with it, he discovers Inner-Earth, a mysterious land in the very core of the planet where dinosaurs still thrive and Dynore is abundant.

So naturally, Dynamo's partner, Max Maximus, takes an egg from Inner-Earth and uses Dynore to make the resulting Tyrannosaurus rex into an intelligent, sentient being and fits it with a robotic arm harness as a prototype for an army of dinosaur minions to help him - you guessed it - Take Over the World. Dynamo steps in, but in the process, the three humans are injured, leaving Dynamo's brain unable to focus, Derek smarter, and Maximus without one arm. Despite the setback, Maximus escapes custody and sets out to fulfill his evil deeds with his own army of loyal cyborg Dino-Men.

Fortunately, during this, Derek has struck up a strong friendship with the T. rex. As Derek dubs him 'Super Dinosaur,' the two are employed by the government to keep Inner-Earth safe from Maximus and anyone else who may be after the Dynore.

Oh, and we may mention the two mechanics who happen to be staying to help work of SD's harness. One of their daughters, Erica, is none too happy about being forced to live there.

This comic provides examples of:

  • A Boyand His X: A boy and his sentient T. rex who wears a mech suit.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Energy bullets.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Doctor Dynamo But it's only because Maximus did something to make him that way.
  • Accidental Hug: Oola and The Exile. Embarrassment ensues.
  • Action Duo: SD and Derek are a dynamic action duo.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Doctor Dexter Dynamo, Max Maximus, anyone?
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted with the Kingston parents who maintain SD's harnesses and Dr. Dynamo who, despite his concentration problem, creates equipment for the team.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Not only aliens living in the moon, but the reptiloids who live in Inner Earth somehow speak English.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: In Maximus' First Arc
  • An Axe to Grind: There's a reason why one character is TriceraCHOPS.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dynore.
  • Artificial Limbs: Maximus has a cybernetic left arm due to his treatment to SD and the T-rex bites back hard. SD's harness also qualifies.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mega Raptor is enormous.
  • Awesome McCoolname: "Doctor Dynamo", "Derek Dynamo", "Max Maximus"...
  • Badass Boast: Being a T-Rex, SD doesn't really need them, but Issue 17 gives us this.
    : If I really wanted to fight—I'd WIN!
  • Bald of Awesome: Max Maximus.
  • Bald of Evil: Maximus again.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Minimus is slowly becoming more dino than man due to problems in his creation.
  • BFG: The majority of SD's weaponry. The Dino Men use these sometimes also.
  • BFS: Painkylosaurus uses one of these in #5.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Derek has a tendency to go on about how very awesome things are.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Derek and SD all the time.
  • Collapsed Mid Speech: Derek is trying to address the inhabitants of inner moon when the green slime he was hit with earlier goes to work and puts him unconscious.
  • Colour Coded Elements: SD's armors. The water one is blue, high-temp one is red-orange, jungle armor is green camo, etc.
  • Cool Gate: Used by SD and the team to get from place to place quickly. Called sky doors or floor doors
  • Cool Shades: Terrordactyl
  • Chest Insignia: "SD"
  • Combining Mecha: Used by Derek and SD in Issue 5.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Derek and SD's first encounter with Tyrannosaurus X. T-X starts the fight by ripping one of SD's robotic arms off as if it were made of tissue paper. He later breaks Derek's weapons and throws him off a building. All in all Tyrannosaurus X handed SD and Derek their first flat out defeat and it was a doozy.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Tricerachops (and The Exile) would probably have taken issue with Maximus' Project X so 'Chops is layed up for those four issues while The Exile is overthrowing Squidious' base.
  • Dumb Muscle: Enforced with Maximus's Ultra Raptor; he made SD smaller and smarter, and since that didn't go so well, he made his new monster Bigger and Dumber,
  • Enemy Mine: Squidious aids Earthcore to get revenge on The Exile for stealing his base and henchmen.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Exile and Oola definitely seem to be more than comrades in arms.
    • Tricerachops and Tyrannosaurus X have each other now too.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Of course.
  • Everything's Squishier With Cephalopods: Squidious.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Most major villains, but Squidious takes the cake with lines like "You will feel my wrath!!!" or "What is the meaning of this?!?" regularly escaping from his squid mouth.
  • Eyes of Gold: The Dinos all have these. Sometimes they glow
  • Fake Arm Disarm: SD damages his robotic arms in almost every fight he's involved in. There's also Maximus whose fake arm is confiscated when he's incarcerated.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: The Beneath is where reptiloid lowlifes and misfits end up.
  • Foreshadowing: In the Origin special Derek jokes that He and SD once fought aliens and UFOs. When asked if it really happened Derek said "Not yet". Fast forward 8 issues and The Exile is revealed to be a Reptiloid and his species is planning to attack Earth. Be careful what you wish for Derek.
    • Subverted; The Reptiloids are natives of Earth. Aliens show up immediately after this story arc, rather anti-climatically, as known residents (but not natives) of the Moon.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: The T-Rex that aids the team in Inner Earth.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Derek believes Erin Kingston to have these in his self-made profile of her.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The good guys wear white, red, and black. The bad guys wear black and greens. Oddly Tricerachops' colors align with the good guys.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Maximus's look of pain when his arm gets chomped off.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: 'Crud' is used often.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Dino Men.
  • Henchmen Race: The Dino Men were created by Maximus to be his servants. Not Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Hollow World: Inner Earth
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: How SD has so many missiles and ammunition in his suit. Derek's gloves too.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Derek's Light Batons.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Many of the villains are named by Derek. Let's see, Tricherachops and Breakeosaurus, just to name two.
    • Maximus uses the same punny names, referring to two minions as Painkylosaurus and Doometrodon, so it's possible he came up with them.
  • Innocent Aliens: The Kalish live in Earth's moon, but they landed there out necessity and don't have any bad blood with humans.
  • Insectoid Aliens: One of the Kalish races. The other look more crustacean than insectoid.
  • Insistent Terminology: Elliot insists he be called by his codename of the week.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: SD and Derek's black stealth gear.
  • Insufferable Genius: Derek, at times.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Derek and Super Dinosaur.
  • Jetpack: Use by Rocket Shock, Battle Blast —er, Elliot
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Employed on Maximus to make him forget about Inner Earth, unfortunately he escapes before it is finished.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the Bloodier and Gorier Invincible and The Walking Dead, Super Dinosaur is kid-friendly.
  • Lost World: Inner Earth. A world where prehistoric animals and vegetation still live.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: SD's trademark attack "Missile Madness."
  • Married to the Job: Oliver Manchester, Dr. Dynamo's jaded old friend, opted to dedicate his life to work instead of starting a family.
  • Mini-Mecha: Derek and SD pilot a pair of these in issue 5. They then combine into a full on Humongous Mecha.
  • Missing Mom: Four issues without a mention, and then we find out she's been not only kidnapped by Maximus, but erased from Derek's and Dynamo's memories.
  • Mistaken for Aliens: Earthcore understandably think they are looking at a space alien when they unmask The Exile. In actuality he is from Inner Earth.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: The reason why Derek is able to do combat with Tricerachops.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted by The Exile "Sharkmen — Kill him!"
  • No One Could Survive That: Said General Casey when Tyrannosaurus X was caught in a huge explosion that brought a building down on him.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Tricerachops (human/dinosaur) has them, Slann (insectoid alien) has them, but oddly Oola (reptiloid) doesn't.
  • Oh Crap: Derek and SD seperately recite this at the end of issue 13.
  • Page Turn Surprise: Used well throughout the series. For instance the reveal of The Exile's identity and a double Oh Crap moment for Derek and SD.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: All the protagonists spew these.
  • Powered Armor: Employed by SD obviously.
  • Power Fist: Wheels can become one.
  • Puppy Love: Derek and Erin.
  • Relationship Reveal: The relationship between Tricerachops and Tyrannosaurus X comes out of nowhere because it's never hinted at and we don't see them interact until issue #20.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: Delivered by Maximus when he makes it into the Dynamo Dome.
  • Rescue Arc: Escape From Inner Earth where SD, Erin, Erica, and Bat
  • Rule of Cool: What the series revolves around.
  • Save the Villain: In Inner Earth Derek has to save The Exile if he wants any chance of getting out alive.
  • Schedule Slip: Since the end of the Escape From Inner Earth arc the schedule has been slipping increasingly. Presently it's a wait of two months or more for the new issue. The cause of the slippage is unclear.
  • Shout-Out: In #1 SD has an issue of The Astounding Wolf Man (Kirkman and Howard's first series) on the floor of his room.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Bool and Slann. Two members of a species in the midst of a civil war. They leave their homes to be together and find a way to end the war.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus and more. They are dinosaur-human hybrids mostly, but gang's all here.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Notably averted by Derek. He learns about The Exile's situation and motives yet still wants nothing to do with him.
  • Stupidity Inducing Attack: Dr. Dynamo was hit with one in the backstory. It didn't affect his IQ so much as his ability to use it.
  • Totally Radical: Count how many times characters say 'Awesome' or 'Rad.'
  • Transforming Mecha: Derek's power armor/ motorcycle.
  • Trojan Horse: A holo-droid made to look like Julianna Dynamo.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Its understandable that Erica is a little bored by all the scientific mumbo jumbo, but you'd think she would be a little more intrigued by a talking dinosaur. Who plays video games.
  • Villainous Rescue: Of the "I need you alive" variety by The Exile.
  • Wham Line: Maximus in Issue 5: Were I in your shoes, I'd be worried about your wife.

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