Graphic Novel Review 281/365: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

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Today starts Hero Week, a week of cool/colorful heroes in preparation for Infinity War, opening this Thursday evening!  Day Two of Hero Week features a hip, new hero that took the Marvel community by storm in 2016!

Title: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 

Author(s): Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos

Publisher: Marvel Comics (2016)

Age Rating: All Ages

It’s not very often that I get to safely claim that the book I am reviewing is truly All-Ages.  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur fits that description!

Hitting the scene hard, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a tale about an extremely intelligent nine-year-old Inhuman named Lunella Lafayette…who is described as the smartest character in the existing Marvel Universe.  I know.  Impressive, right?  She has a secret science lab in the basement of her school for her super-secret experiments that are super-dope (don’t tell!).

So where does this Devil Dinosaur come in?

Well, a hole rips in what I believe to be the space-time continuum, caused by a manipulation of an alien contraption, and a group of creatures known as Killer-Folk escape through the rip after this character named Moon Boy dies, causing his old pal, a large red T-Rex known as Devil Dinosaur, to follow them through the rip to avenge Moon Boy’s death…wow…that was a mouthful, and that was only about eight pages of the trade.  Long story short (too late), the dino and Lunella (A.K.A. Moon Girl) become quick friends and have to get the alien contraption from the Killer-Folk and get them out of the picture.

There is a lot going on in this first trade.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the cool quotes from famous figures that line the pages of the trade.  Quotations from Marie Curie, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Mae Jemison…to name a few.  The art is super fun and colorful as exaggerated images symbolize the childlike wonder and exploration of young Lunella.  Natacha Bustos’ art and Tamara Bonvillain’s colors create a canvas that is constantly bold and moving (both in the emotional way and in the eyes dancing across the page way).

Of course, nine-year-old Lunella has run-ins with her family.  What nine-year-old running around getting into trouble with a large, red dinosaur wouldn’t, but in the end, Lunella’s mother grows to trust and believe in her daughter, making her one of the heroes in this book.  And Lunella’s drive and determination is a lesson to young people out there: if you believe in something, go for it!  She even gets in the face of the Hulk to stand her ground!  Pretty darn cool if you ask me…

Modern day classic this one is.  Can’t wait to read the second trade!

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