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[[caption-width-right:255:[[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His T Rex Friend]]]]

->"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. ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' and ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' creator teams up with artist Jason Howard (having worked together previously on ''TheAstoundingWolfMan'') 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 uninspired 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.

In the conclusion of issue #23 Kirkman announced that SD '''is not''' cancelled and will return after a hiatus. In addition he teased that he is working on expanding the SD brand '''outside of comics''' which presumably means a series or movie.
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!This comic provides examples of:
* ABoyandHisX: A boy and his sentient ''T. rex'' who wears a mech suit.
* AbnormalAmmo: Energy bullets.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Doctor Dynamo [[spoiler: But it's only because Maximus did something to make him that way.]]
* AccidentalHug: Oola and The Exile. Embarrassment ensues.
* ActionDuo: SD and Derek are a dynamic action duo.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Doctor Dexter Dynamo, Max Maximus, anyone?
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted with the Kingston parents who maintain SD's harnesses and Dr. Dynamo who, despite his concentration problem, creates equipment for the team.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Not only aliens living in the moon, but the reptiloids[[spoiler: who live in Inner Earth]] somehow speak English.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In Maximus' First Arc
* AnAxeToGrind: There's a reason why one character is [=TriceraCHOPS=].
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Dynore.
* ArtificialLimbs: Maximus has a cybernetic left arm due to his treatment to [[KickTheDog SD]] and [[TheDogBitesBack the T-rex bites back hard.]] SD's harness also qualifies.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Mega Raptor is enormous.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Doctor Dynamo", "Derek Dynamo", "Max Maximus"...
* BadassBoast: 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!''
* BaldOfAwesome: Max Maximus.
* BaldOfEvil: Maximus again.
* BalefulPolymorph: 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.
* BrattyHalfPint: Derek has a tendency to go on about how very awesome things are.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Derek and SD all the time.
* CollapsedMidSpeech: 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.
* ColourCodedElements: SD's armors. The water one is blue, high-temp one is red-orange, jungle armor is green camo, etc.
* CoolGate: Used by SD and the team to get from place to place quickly. Called ''sky doors'' or ''floor doors''
* CoolShades: Terrordactyl
* ChestInsignia: "SD"
* CombiningMecha: Used by Derek and SD in Issue 5.
* CurbStompBattle: 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.
* DeusExitMachina: 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 [[spoiler: overthrowing Squidious' base.]]
* DumbMuscle: 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,
* EnemyMine: Squidious aids Earthcore to get revenge on The Exile for stealing his base and henchmen.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The Exile and Oola definitely seem to be more than comrades in arms.
** [[spoiler: Tricerachops]] and [[spoiler: Tyrannosaurus X]] have each other now too.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Of course.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Squidious.
* EvilIsHammy: 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.
* EyesOfGold: The Dinos all have these. Sometimes they [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow]]
* FakeArmDisarm: 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.
* FantasticGhetto: ''The Beneath'' is where reptiloid lowlifes and misfits end up.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the Origin special Derek jokes that [[spoiler: 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 [[TheReveal revealed]] to be a Reptiloid and his species is planning to attack Earth. Be careful what you wish for Derek.]]
** Subverted; [[spoiler: 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.
* GiantFootOfStomping: The T-Rex that aids the team in Inner Earth.
* GirlsHaveCooties: Derek believes Erin Kingston to have these in his self-made profile of her.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The good guys wear white, red, and black. The bad guys wear black and greens. Oddly Tricerachops' colors align with the good guys.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Maximus's look of pain when his arm gets chomped off.
* GoshDangItToHeck: 'Crud' is used often.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Dino Men.
* HenchmenRace: The Dino Men were created by Maximus to be his servants. Not AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* HollowWorld: Inner Earth
* HyperspaceArsenal: How SD has so many missiles and ammunition in his suit. Derek's gloves too.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Derek's Light Batons.
* IncrediblyLamePun: 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.
* InnocentAliens: The Kalish live in Earth's moon, but they landed there out necessity and don't have any bad blood with humans.
* InsectoidAliens: One of the Kalish races. The other look more crustacean than insectoid.
* InsistentTerminology: Elliot insists he be called by his [[IHaveManyNames codename of the week.]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: SD and Derek's black stealth gear.
* InsufferableGenius: Derek, at times.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Derek and Super Dinosaur.
* {{Jetpack}}: Use by Rocket Shock, Battle Blast --er, [[IHaveManyNames Elliot]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Employed on Maximus to make him forget about Inner Earth, unfortunately he escapes before it is finished.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the BloodierAndGorier ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', ''Super Dinosaur'' is kid-friendly.
* LostWorld: Inner Earth. A world where prehistoric animals and vegetation still live.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: SD's trademark attack "Missile Madness."
* MarriedToTheJob: Oliver Manchester, Dr. Dynamo's jaded old friend, opted to dedicate his life to work instead of starting a family.
* MiniMecha: Derek and SD pilot a pair of these in issue 5. They then [[CombiningMecha combine]] into a full on HumongousMecha.
* MissingMom: 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.
* MistakenForAliens: Earthcore understandably think they are looking at a space alien when they [[spoiler: unmask The Exile]]. In actuality he is from Inner Earth.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: The reason why Derek is able to do combat with Tricerachops.
* NeverSayDie: Averted by The Exile ''"Sharkmen -- Kill him!"''
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Said General Casey when Tyrannosaurus X was caught in a huge explosion that brought a building down on him.
* NonMammalMammaries: Tricerachops (human/dinosaur) has them, Slann (insectoid alien) has them, but oddly Oola (reptiloid) doesn't.
* OhCrap: Derek and SD seperately recite this at the end of issue 13.
* PageTurnSurprise: Used well throughout the series. For instance the reveal of The Exile's identity and a double OhCrap moment for Derek and SD.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: All the protagonists spew these.
* PoweredArmor: Employed by SD obviously.
* PowerFist: Wheels can become one.
* PuppyLove: Derek and Erin.
* RelationshipReveal: The relationship between [[spoiler: Tricerachops]] and [[spoiler: Tyrannosaurus X]] comes out of '''nowhere''' because it's never hinted at and we don't see them interact until issue #20.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered by Maximus when he makes it into the Dynamo Dome.
* RescueArc: ''Escape From Inner Earth'' where SD, Erin, Erica, and Bat
* RuleOfCool: What the series revolves around.
* SaveTheVillain: In Inner Earth Derek has to save [[spoiler: The Exile]] if he wants any chance of getting out alive.
* ScheduleSlip: 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.
* ShoutOut: In #1 SD has an issue of ''TheAstoundingWolfMan'' (Kirkman and Howard's first series) on the floor of his room.
* StarCrossedLovers: 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.
* StockDinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus and more. They are dinosaur-human hybrids mostly, but gang's all here.
* StockholmSyndrome: Notably averted by Derek. He learns about The Exile's situation and motives yet still wants nothing to do with him.
* StupidityInducingAttack: Dr. Dynamo was hit with one in the backstory. It didn't affect his IQ so much as his ability to use it.
* TotallyRadical: Count how many times characters say 'Awesome' or 'Rad.'
* TransformingMecha: Derek's power armor/ motorcycle.
* TrojanHorse: A holo-droid made to look like [[spoiler: Julianna Dynamo]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: 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.
* VillainousRescue: Of the "I need you alive" variety by The Exile.
* WhamLine: Maximus in Issue 5: [[spoiler:''Were I in your shoes, I'd be worried about your wife.'']]
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