Ever since I heard about Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, it’s been on my “must-read” list. I really loved Amy Reeder’s art on Batwoman, and the idea of a young black girl protagonist greatly appealed to me. Plus, who doesn’t love dinosaurs?
Right off the bat we’re introduced to our protagonist, Lunella Lafayette. She’s a very bright, inquisitive young girl who is bored with her current school. She’s far smarter than all her classmates, which makes it hard for her to stay interested. This in turn gets her into trouble with her teachers.
Lunella isn’t fazed by any of this, though, because she’s playing a much bigger game in her head. She’s discovered that she has Inhuman heritage and that if she doesn’t find something to somehow stop this transformation, she may lose her humanity. She has developed some sort of device that detects Kree technology, and goes rummaging around an alien crash site until she finds a peculiar gem.
In the distant past, we learn that the gem is an artifact called the Nightstone, which had been stolen by a group of primitive human villains called the Killer-Folk. Moon Boy and his pal Devil Dinosaur attempt to stop them, but in the process, Moon Boy is mortally wounded.
In the present, Lunella’s gym teacher takes the Nightstone and messes around with it, opening a portal that transports Devil Dinosaur to the school. The Killer-Folk arrive as well, but Devil Dinosaur chases them off. He then picks up Lunella and carries her off as the issue ends.
I absolutely adored this issue. If I have one complaint, it’s that it might be kind of confusing to new readers. I know even I had some trouble understanding what exactly was going on with Lunella at the Kree crash site. Despite this, Natacha Bustos’s art is wonderful and kinetic, and Tamra Bonvillain’s colors really makes the whole thing pop. The writing duo of Brandon Montclair and Amy Reeder did a wonderful job capturing the awkwardness of adolescence, and I’m truly very excited to see what comes next.
Written by Brandon Montclair and Amy Reeder
Art by Natacha Bustos
Coloring by Tamra Bonvillan
Lettering by Travis Lanham
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