"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 descriptionSuper Dinosaur
marks writer Robert Kirkman's first foray into family-friendly comic books. The Walking Dead
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.
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