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art & cover JASON HOWARD

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Ok, this title was a lot of fun.  In the WonderCon video, Kirkman mentions that the book is pretty awesome because there’s a dinosaur with rocket launchers and a robotic suit.  It’s no joke that it’s a great concept, and seeing it executed here is a real treat.  While this story could teeter into the realm of complete ridiculousness, it does a nice job of only being slighty ridiculous by grounding the dinosaur characters in a conflict and providing some nice character background.  Like a lot of Kirkman books, this is a lean and mean affair as the book whizzes by.  But like his other books, you’ll find yourself grinning the whole time.  Sure, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for deep characters or emotional impact, but I don’t think you’re buying a book called “Super Dinosaur” for those things.  He keeps things light with some great moments with Super Dinosaur out of costume.  My only major complaint is the main character in the book.  While I enjoy the role he takes in the book, I just couldn’t help but feel annoyed at how many times he called himself awesome.  The kids britches seem a bit too big, and his ego is a bit inflated.  I get that’s part of the humor of the book, but I guess conceited people in comics turn me off.  It’s not a deal breaker, and I’m sure at some point, he’s going to learn some humility.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this is a PERFECT all ages book.  Parents, put this one in your kids hands.

Oh man, Jason Howard brings it in this issue.  He brings a more cartoony look to this book than in Astounding Wolf-Man, and while his characters are simple, they’re also very expressive.  They convey the emotion and dialogue very well.  His Super Dinosaur design is also great, and I can see that character becoming a quick fan favorite with the charm that oozes from his body language and face.  The storytelling was strong, and Howard finds a way to ground the big ideas from Kirkman.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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