Meet Marvel's Newest Superhero, Moon Girl, and Her Friend, Devil Dinosaur

Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 3:40PM
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Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 3:40PM
Meet Marvel's Newest Superhero, Moon Girl, and Her Friend, Devil Dinosaur
Marvel just introduced their newest superhero to the world, and she's kind of perfect. She's an adorable little girl who likes to ride around on a humongous red dinosaur. His name is "Devil Dinosaur," but that might be a misnomer, as he seems perfectly nice, and the tone of the comic is reportedly akin to that of a Pixar movie.

Meet Marvel's Newest Superhero Moon Girl, and Her Friend Devil Dinosaur

Devil Dinosaur was a short-lived Marvel series in the late seventies about a humongous T-Rex-esque dinosaur and his caveman friend, Moon Boy, who romp around and have adventures in a world in which dinosaurs peacefully co-exist with humanoid apes. Now, Marvel is bringing the series back, but setting it in modern-day New York City and adding a more diverse (and more interesting) twist, as Moon Boy is now a little girl of color named Lunella Lafayette. Marvel conceived of this series as a lighter, more family-friendly series, with a younger-skewing protagonist that young children can relate to.

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"[Editor] Mark [Paniccia] and I were talking about how whenever people come in with young kids, or even just for Mark's own kids, we don't have that many publications that we can give to people that have that broad reach," said assistant editor Emily Shaw. "Generally, we're skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That's where the tone jumped off for us."
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The series is written by Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu, Batwoman) and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl, Fear Itself: Fearsome Four), and illustrated by Natacha Bustos (Strange Sports Stories). Moon Girl herself appears to be the emotional heart of the series as well as a potential role model, as Reeder referred to the character as a "female Inspector Gadget... [who] also knows what she's doing," and Shaw said of the character: 

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"The character lives in this world where people don't really get her…that her brain just works a little differently than all of the other kids her age really resonated with us, and that idea of feeling sort of isolated and on your own during that very early time of life we thought was really compelling, and could really resonate with a lot of readers. That's what really gave the story its heart at the beginning."
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Meet Marvel's Newest Superhero Moon Girl, and Her Friend Devil Dinosaur

Devil Dinosaur, in addition to providing some cute interplay with Lunella, will provide the action, as Montclare promises us some classic, Godzilla-esque, city-leveling action:

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"What's really cool is to be able to put a Tyrannosaurus Rex in modern day New York City and also juxtapose with a little girl," Montclare said. "You're going to have a 30-foot dinosaur interacting with a three-and-a-half tall girl…I can't think of any other book that's kind of like that, where you have these kind of crazy things that are going to be very different to work on. But if everyone can pull it off, it's going to be a unique type of storytelling... you definitely have to make room for a battle of the monsters: King Kong versus Godzilla, that kind of thing."
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Montclare also stated that there will be flashbacks to the dinosaur world from the seventies, but that otherwise there won't be too many references to the original series:

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"There won't be a hidden easter egg, but Moon-Boy is going to be in it at least for a little bit," he teased. "And one of the things that comes back in time along with Devil Dinosaur will be these bad boys, these killer folk, these Kirby-created cavemen. We keep the kind of cartoonish-ness of it, but it should be very cool because they're going to be a legitimate menace living up to their name, but they're going to have an experience in modern times that changes them."
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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will come out from Marvel Comics sometime this fall.
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