Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is quickly becoming one of Marvel’s fastest selling comic books, and with good reason. With only three issues currently available as I review it, the book is currently setting the groundwork for what could become a classic family friendly tale that readers of all ages can relate to. And with the reintroduction of one of Marvel’s most underused characters to a new audience, Marvel is finally able to capitalize on Devil Dinosaur in his first starring comic title since 1978.
The new title follows Lunella Lafayette, a genius student unfortunately forced to attend a public school unable to teach at her IQ requirements. Lunella struggles with the fact that her intelligence is at a different level than her classmates, which causes her to feel isolated for being so different. She’s also terrified of becoming an Inhuman. Her life is difficult enough as a gifted young woman whom has yet to reach puberty. The thought of changing in to something else if horrifying to Lunella. So she spends all of her time inventing gadgets and devices to help her on her quest to cure herself of the Inhuman gene before it’s activated.
Devil, a giant red dinosaur with some form of intelligence, is transported in to modern time. Despite his previous guest appearances in other Marvel titles, the story picks up where his 1978 nine issue original comic left off. Moon Boy, Devil’s original companion, is presumably killed. Devil chases the culprits behind the attack on Moon Boy though a portal to present day. After kidnapping Lunella while storming through the streets of New York, the two form an awkward bond as Lunella search for a lost device that could aid her in finally fixing her Inhuman gene.
The first three issues focus more on how the two met than on the adventure ahead of them. The story is barely starting to pick up, but that doesn’t mean the story so far isn’t interesting. In fact, watching the relationship between the two slowly form is entertaining in itself. Lunella is usually dismissive of others and focused more on her work. But the fact that even her own parents don’t quite understand her leaves her with a feeling of loneliness that she tries to fill by devoting all of her attention to avoiding becoming even more odd. Her original reaction to Devil was to dismiss him just like everyone else. But she gains a sense of responsibility for him after he saves her from a few cavemen that passed through the portal along with Devil.
While not completely connecting with Devil at first, and seeing him as a temporary companion until she can retrieve a device lost during the cavemen attack, Lunella allows him to live in her secret laboratory under her school until she can figure out what to do with him. The school catches on fire (Not Devil’s fault believe it, or not) and she realizes that she could use Devil to save the other kids inside. The third book ends with them saving a few lives from the fire before The Hulk shows up to take Devil away. The next issue will deal with how Lunella and Devil deal with Hulk trying to take Devil in to custody.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is barely starting to pick up the pace storywise. But the story so far is very relatable for readers of all ages. If you’ve ever felt different from others, felt like an outsider, or have a child that may feel the same way, this is the perfect book for you. Also, it’s a positive book on the level of a Pixar film with a person of color as the main protagonist. This is a great representation of diversity, and a positive view of what it’s like to be different. And most important, it’s fun. Pure sweet fun. I highly recommend the book.