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Review: Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1

Cover © Image Comics

Whoa. This book was crazy

A lot of graphic novels start out as comic books. Then, a few issues are put together into one volume to create a continuous storyline in one book. Of the graphic novels popular at TMCE, Bone is one that was created in this way. SD was, too. This one really feels like a “comic book.”

Super Dinosaur is pretty much the most guy-centric graphic novel I’ve ever read. It’s like a comic a kid would make in their spare time. Actually, I can imagine Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard, creaters of SD, doing just that. Laying on the floor of their room, sketching out the epic battles and ridiculous awesome stories of a boy and his weaponized, intelligent T. Rex buddy. What guy wouldn’t dream of having a T. Rex for a best friend?

SD stars a ten year-old boy genius (who has no trouble bragging about how awesome he is), who lives in a secret lab on Mount Rainier with his fading genius father and his best friend, a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Not just any T. Rex, of course. This one talks, plays video games, and fights bad guys.


I liked it. Not in a “this is one of the great stories of our time” sort of way. But in a “I am a guy and this book has huge, glorious pictures of a boy and a T. Rex wearing mechanized armor and fighting Dino-men” sort of way. Which is to say, “Whoa. That was awesome.”

If there was one thing I didn’t like, it was the general glorification of violence, which isn’t something we need more of. It’s good to remember that this is definitely fantasy land, in more ways than one.

Shall I make a list of things guys like that are in this book? I think I shall:

  1. Dinosaurs
  2. Robots
  3. Mad scientists
  4. Rockets
  5. Missiles
  6. Snowboarding
  7. Jet packs
  8. Dino-battles
  9. Cool tech gadgets
  10. Video games
  11. Secret bases/lairs/labs
  12. Mechanized body armor
  13. Portals
  14. Robotic arms

Now, of course, I’m aware that we don’t all like these things. But if you do, Super Dinosaur is right up your alley. It’s your wildest dreams, all right there in full color.

Keep reading!

Super Dinosaur Volume 1

By Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard

128 pages

Genre: Fantasy, science fiction

Source: NetGalley

This book was released on December 6, 2011.


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