"This is where it begins!"
And with that, Robert Kirkman (co-creator of WALKING DEAD and
INVINCIBLE) charges full-steam ahead with his latest super-hero
SUPER DINOSAUR features the title character, a talking dinosaur that
likes to play video games and fight the good fight, and his trusty
sidekick Derek Dynamo, a boy genius who is guarding his own little
secret. With names like Doctor Dynamo and Max Maximus also along for
the ride, you can probably guess where this is headed.
this first issue we jump right on in as Super Dinosaur (SD for
short) and Derek are rounding up a few renegade dinosaurs (with
similar action figure-ready names), pausing just briefly for a
one-page backstory about the rivalry between his dad and Maximus. I
didn't really feel there was much danger for our heroes however, as
their foes were clearly just there to give the comic a nice action
sequence to establish what they were capable of. Plus, Derek has
enough enthusiasm and youthful arrogance to make even the reader
think anything was possible for the duo.
While the fight scenes were well paced and moved the comic along
nicely, it was the introduction of the supporting cast midway
through that really brought things to a higher level. With their
arrival we get a catalyst for change that appears to be more
worrisome to Derek.
Although I didn't really feel that the ending had enough of a draw
to reel me in for the next issue it did serve as a good setup for
Reading SUPER DINOSAUR, I felt I was watching a cartoon designed to
sell a toy line. Which if it was, it most likely would. If anything
else it could lead to an animated series (and with Kirkman's WALKING
DEAD already a tv show, you never know...). The story was a fun read
and will appeal to fans of The Secret Saturdays, Ben-10
or Johnny Monster. It's definitely a comic that is kid
friendly and easy to take in. Jason Howard's art was very energetic
and suited the title perfectly. I would probably recommend it to
younger readers that enjoy Cartoon Network. However, older folks may
find the cute names a bit of a turn off.