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Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1 Formato Kindle
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|Lunghezza: 128 pagine||Lingua: Inglese|
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In some interview, Kirkman described SUPER DINOSAUR as "essentially a Pixar movie on paper," or at least that's his lofty goal. It's certainly got all the bells and whistles a kid can crave, including an exuberant kid hero and his best friend, which is this bruising nine-foot-tall Tyrranosaurus Rex loaded with heavy firepower, and a hollow Earth inhabited by more dinosaurs. Ten-year-old genius Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur (or S.D.) are having the time of their lives foiling each of Dr. Max Maximus's diabolical plans to control Inner Earth - located nearly 100 miles beneath our feet - and harvest its super-potent mineral Dynore.
At the same time, Derek scrambles to cover up for his scientist dad's brain disorder, incurred in a fighty fight with Max Maximus, his old collaborator. Dr. Dynamo nowadays is prone to bouts of absentmindedness and an inability to finish a thought. Derek's been finishing his dad's equations behind his back, resolving mechanical issues in their secret base, and all around boosting his dad's self-confidence. Anything to keep the government off their backs. But the government catches a whiff that all is not smooth at Dynamo Dome and assigns them Bruce and Sarah Kingston, a man-and-wife technician team. And they brought their two young daughters. That'll shift the group dynamics some. Think of it as sort of like a twisted Brady Bunch, two families coming together in one household. Except that they fight off wicked mutated dinosaurs.
You cannot argue the inherent awesomeness of a dinosaur who can manipulate a joystick unit with its tiny sissy arms to control its weapon harness (which comes with huge robot limbs). S.D. is a prototype, a baby dinosaur stolen from Inner Earth and genetically engineered by Dr. Maximus to further his ambition of world domination. Except that S.D. wouldn't turn on his best pal Derek. It's been a tug of war ever since, Max Maximus and his created Dino-Men occasionally resurfacing from their hidden lair and Derek and S.D. then playing whack-a-mole.
SUPER DINOSAUR is breezy and crackles with energy and features a very clever, lively young hero so full of himself that he sometimes falls on his face, which is part of the fun. And don't think that S.D. is some pet character. S.D. is sentient. He talks and thinks and feels and he consistently smacks Derek around when it comes to playing video games. And thanks to the innovations of the new tech team, Bruce and Sarah, S.D.'s got a varied arsenal of exoskeleton suits (ideal for any new line of toy merchandising, a cynic may muse). The violence is exaggerated and cartoony. You don't get offended when Bugs Bunny and Daffy wage war in them classic cartoons, do you? Jason Howard's art complements the light tone Kirkman is going for, his visuals catering to them younglings. It's more stylized than his stuff in THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, almost cartoony but very expressive. The story arc starts out all-ages friendly enough but there are plot points here and there that I can see Kirkman subverting into a messed-up twist or two, as is his wont. Still, Kirkman has vowed to tone down the beheadings that you routinely see in INVINCIBLE. We'll see, Robert Kirkman, we'll see. In those word association games, whenever the word "decapitation" comes up, even French Revolution immediately blurts out: "Robert Kirkman!"
I tried to read this on the adobe reader (not pdf) that I downloaded but it was a little hard to read the panel. I finally figured out how to get it on my kindle. I love it. The pictures are phenomenal. My little guy (4) can't read yet but he was looking at the panel making his own story. I have not tested the book on my two older boys but the little guy alone would make me try this book for pre-readers that love dinosaurs.
As I read through the books, the first thing that I am noticing is the mature pictures. Not in the overdeveloped anime way but this is not a baby book. I realize that all children are different but the first problem I have a bedtime with stories is finding one that all three agree on (at the start anyway, once I add my sugar hyped mommy acting...it's on and popping. See, I'm a riot!) But these picture panel scream of action. I've seen by page 6 a picture and name of dinosaur. I'm pretty sure in this day and age most little guys are familiar with T-rex and pterodactyl but just in case they aren't what a cool way to introduce them. I would advice the adult purchasing the book to take a look for your youngest children and make sure it is not too scary for them. My four year old pals around and rough houses with the big brothers (and plays dad's very inappropriate video games) so his fear level is pretty high.
Basics of the story are bad guy Dino-men created by Max Maximus. They are trying to dig to the center of the Earth(Inner Earth) to get a very powerful new mineral. Apparently in Inner Earth (or is it at Inner Earth) there are lot of dinosaurs, particularly Super Dinosaur. The scientist is Doctor Dexter Dynamo (gotta love all this alliteration). Max and Dexter were partners at one time, with good guy Dexter doing all the work. It's up to Derek (Doc's son), Doc and the t-rex(Super Dinosaur or SD) to keep the world safe. Enter a military tech with his family to patch up SD after a fight with the bad guys and we are introduced to Erin and Erica. Dr. D and Derek have an emotional moment. Derek explains to Erica and Erin the origins of SD, the battle with Maximus and ultimately how his dad was injured.
To sum it all up, there's action, emotion, science and great pictures. After my two oldest boy read the book and I test for rereadability, I may up this to five stars.
This was truly wonderful. We jump right in with battle scenes between genetically altered dinosaurs, who are part robot, and Derek Dynamo. Then we are switched back to the lab where Super Dinosaur (SD to his friends) quickly starts talking about his machinery. This leaves the reader somewhat out of the loop but as the events and dialogue continue we are quickly brought up to par with the other members of the team and understand as much as they do, who they are fighting against and why.
Super Dinosaur is an awesome superhero, that will appeal to boys and dinosaur fans, as will the other various villains such as Terrordactyl and Dreadasaurus to name only a few. The evil genius is a typical protagonist along with his usual background story of how he became evil in the first place. But this makes him easy to understand. This book isn't really the place for deep characters, we already know what makes most of them tick. But new characters are introduced and they put a new swing on things, both good and bad. The volume then ends up with some things nicely wrapped up only to have a major twist in the story thrown at us on the last pages that will have you clamouring for more. This will satisfy pre-teen male readers who are looking for something a little more involved than just Pokemon or Bakugan. However, the final pages of the story, really got me involved in the plot and I'll be sure to read on to Vol. 2 to find out what happens next with the continuing story arc.
All around, this is a great story, good, clean fun. Though there is some violence, it is minimal with the good triumphing over all. This definitely a book that I would put in my library, but I think it is one that will endure over time and enjoyed by many. I cannot wait to get the next volume, for my students, of course.
Received Galley from NetGalley.com