Okay, it’s a comic book entitled Super Dinosaur about a super-smart kid and his best pal who just so happens to be a smallish nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex in robot armor who helps save the world. What’s not to like?
The comic centers around Derek Dynamo, the son of struggling uber inventor and discoverer of “Inner Earth’ (a hidden world in the center of the Earth where dinosaurs still exist) – Doctor Dynamo. Making modifications to his father’s work Derek and Super Dinosaur work together to to the legion of dinosaurs under the control of evil scientist Max Maximus from grabbing control of the powerful, and dangerous, DynOre.
Okay, so it’s not Shakespeare. What it is, however, is fun! This series regathers the team of writer Robert Kirkman and artist Jason Howard who gave us The Astounding Wolf-Man. This comic has much the same feel (including the possibility of the fun being weighed down at times by somewhat shaky storylines). If you liked Astounding Wolf-Man, which I did, then this one should be right up your alley.
As a first issue should, this one really lays out the enter world of Derek Dynamo and his relationship to his father and his reptilian best-friend. I’m a little less sure of the family assigned to their base, and the villains themselves, but there’s certainly enough here for me to give this one a good long look.