Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel)


Rating: 4.5/5 – I’m Liking Lunella Lafayette!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

I love it when a new character is created instead of just radically altering/re-hashing an existing one.  Devil Dinosaur historically hung around with protohominid Moon Boy (in Kirby’s original series) and even Steve Rogers (in the recent Planet Hulk series). Here we get a new sidekick for our favorite crimson T-Rex in the form of Lunella Lafayette.

Lunella (aka Moon Girl) is exceptionally smart, which results in her being picked on by peers and teachers as a “know-it-all”.  This is a trope that’s been used to good advantage for a number of characters, including Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, and it still works.  Readers who were ever picked on in school automatically empathize with the character (I fall into this demographic myself).   Lunella falls into the great tradition of Marvel characters who are everyday people that we could meet or we could be.  Further, she is a wonderful upgrade from Moon Boy, who is a character I never particularly cared for, Devil Dinosaur carried that pairing.  Lunella is capable of staying on equal footing with the big red thunder lizard.

I’m a fan of Lunella, my favorite new character at Marvel since Kamala Khan.  The thing that slowed this issue down for me was the setup necessary to get Devil Dinosaur from pre-history into present day New York, but it’s something that needed to be done.  I’m going to be really interested to see how Lunella and Devil end up bonding in the next issue, I’m counting the days until #2.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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