STORY: Robert Kirkman

ART: Jason Howard


REVIEW: Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner

Hey, everybody! Been a while since I last posted a review here, and my apologies to Master Podcaster JD for that, but I’ve been busy, busy, BUSY these days. In the past few months, I’ve written and directed no less than three short films: “SUPER SOLAR SISTERS: STRIKE SQUAD SUPREME!”, “bored.dumb”, and “ONE NIGHT IN CAIRO”, two of which star the aforementioned JD, and all should be available to screen online soon. I’ll keep you posted!

Now, as much fun as I have with my films… SUPER DINOSAUR is the kind of thing I REALLY want to be doing. It takes two of my most favoritest things in the world, dinosaurs and super-heroes, and combines them into a tremendous new title that’s fun for all ages! I bought it last Wednesday (I never even heard of it until that day, but when I see something with DINOSAUR in the title, I almost HAVE to pick it up), read it on the way home from work, loved it, and gave it to my kids to read when I got home. They loved it, too.

This is a comic for those of us who grew up watching the original TMNT show, DINOSAUCERS, DINORIDERS, DINOBOTS in TRANSFORMERS, and all of that epic 80’s awesomeness. A comic for the BOY in all of us. The BOY who would play with dinosaur and robot toys for hours, and mix them into the kind of spectacular adventures that are unique to a young boy’s limitless imagination.

I’ll break it down for you real simple. This comic features talking dinosaurs fitted with mechanical armor who do battle with each other over a rare mineral that could either save the world or destroy it. The story also involves dueling scientists; one good, one evil, who are responsible for creating the dinosaurs. The good scientist, DR. DYNAMO, has just one dino on his side, but it’s SUPER DINOSAUR, so that’s all he needs. SD is a 9-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex with giant robotic arms that he controls with little joysticks that he can reach with his small natural arms. He can also fire missiles at his enemies. He’s a kind of kindred spirit to WEXTER THE T-REX from AXE COP, which is also highly recommended.

But the good doctor also has one other thing going for him. His son, DEREK, is a genius! He creates gadgets and weaponry, and helps his dad with formulas and calculations, as the doctor is getting a bit rusty in his old age. But Derek and SD live together, play video games together, and actually go out in the field and fight together. So the little boy’s dad is a brilliant scientist, his best friend is a Tyrannosaurus who talks, they live in giant lab in a mountain, and the boy himself is something of a super-hero. In other words, this was my ultimate fantasy growing up and, truth be told, it still is.

The villainy is supplied by MAX MAXIMUS, the former colleague of Dr. Dynamo. Maximus is actually responsible for the creation of Super Dinosaur, who served as an early prototype, but is somehow still the best. Maximus is aided in his dastardly deeds by his own mechanized dino posse, who boast great names like TERRORDACTYL and BREAKEOSAURUS. But there’s also a third party here, led by the mysterious TRICERACHOPS (Man, I love these names!), who believes both Maximus AND Dynamo should be destroyed. What’s her angle, and who is she working for? Interesting…

Kirkman packs so much awesome into one issue, it’s enough to make your head spin. For me, first issues tend to be like first episodes of TV series. There’s usually too much to get across in the time allotted, and even when I adore all parties involved, it still comes off as unsatisfying in the end.

But here, we get lots of interesting characters introduced (many of which are DINOSAURS), lots of action, lots of humor, lots of potential for future stories, lots of room for the characters to grow, and a touching and heartwarming father/son relationship to boot.

STORY: A+. It’d be tough to screw up a can’t-miss premise like SUPER DINOSAUR, but you just know that a lot of people would. But Kirkman crafts a comic completely befitting and deserving of the title, making it just as classic as SUPER DINOSAUR should be.

ART: B. The art is big, bright, and beautiful (In some places). Howard was Kirkman’s partner on ASTOUNDING WOLFMAN, so if you like what he did with wolves, I’m sure you’ll dig what he does with dinosaurs. Though, I do long for a day where BILL WATTERSON would come out of hiding and draw a dinosaur comic. Now, THAT man can draw dinosaurs!

Seriously, to all you geek dads out there who would like to see your kids put down the Wii remotes for a minute and actually do some reading, have your kids read this book! It could be a gateway drug for them getting into comics, and you’ll love it, too! And take your kids to Free Comic Book Day on May 7th to pick up THE SECRET ORIGIN OF SUPER DINOSAUR absolutely free!

Here’s to many more SUPER DINOSAUR adventures! And, hopefully, cartoons and action figures!

And THAT is THE WORD, so sayeth THE MASTER!!!!

(MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER is the resident Poptards Spider-Man nut, and the author of SPIDEY’S WEEKLY WEB-UP right here on this site! Also, true to his name, he is the writer/director of the locally made films DAISY DERKINS, DOGSITTER OF THE DAMNED!, EVIL BREW, and THE HALF-LIFE HORROR FROM HELL or: IRRADIATED SATAN ROCKS THE WORLD! And recently, he was placed in charge of filming the SWELLCO & SWELLCO VIDEO CIRCUS!)


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  1. jaydee says:

    welcome back, buddy boy! it’s good to see you again..

    I picked this issue up, after seeing Kirkman’s name on it, and maybe I made it 1/4 of the way through the book when I realized 2 things.
    #1. Master Film Maker Mark Mackner would LOVE THIS BOOK.
    #2. I would give a crap about this book, or even finish it, if I had children.

    I’m sure I’ll give it another shot and try to give it to my kids someday when I have some, but I’m just not in a place right now to enjoy this one.

    Right now I’ll stick with Kirkman’s other masterpieces: Walking Dead and Invincible..
    Great review though!

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