This issue shows how much heart these characters can have and how much growth Lunella especially has undergone during her time in the Marvel Universe.
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A Loving Penultimate Issue

You know, there’s nothing more beautiful in the universe than the loving relationship between a planet and its moon. The paternal bond the planet must feel towards the moon: it’s truly something magical. Of course, this is only possible when both of these cosmic occurrences act like humans, something completely normal in the world of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #22. Written by Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos, this surprisingly sincere issue not only encapsulates some of the best character development for Moon Girl but also shows how earnest and heartwarming this comic can be.

Father-Daughter Bonding for All

It starts with the living moon, Illa, attempting to keep Lunella on her surface by force. Lunella recalls what her father told her long ago, about how bad people tend to either act out of greed or fear. She uses this lesson to try and reason with Illa, trying to tell the frightened moon she won’t leave her alone any longer. While Lunella cannot stay with her in space, the moon’s father, a planet named Ego, lies just beyond Illa’s sight at any given time. Meanwhile, on Earth, Lunella’s robotic form, known as Moonbot-7, follows the lead of Doctor Doom’s head as the farce of the many Lunella copies slowly begins to crumble. Honestly, this should have occurred sooner. I mean, come on! Do Lunella’s parents even remember their child having lines on the side of her mouth? I don’t think so.

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In the end, this story is about father figures and how no one deserves to be alone. Lunella quotes her own father early in the issue during probably the most emotionally poignant moment of the comic. She recognizes the humanity in another, something she rarely did before. Instead of misunderstanding or only thinking about her own well-being, she takes the time to consider how her actions affected Illa and how she could help this frightened girl. What’s more, she acknowledges the intelligence of someone else besides herself: her father. It shows she’s learning she cannot solely rely on her wits if she wishes to fight the forces of evil. She must learn from the wisdom of her predecessors.

READ: Missed the last issue of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR? Check out our review here!

Running parallel to this, the relationship between Moonbot-7 and Doom’s head seems like a pseudo-father-daughter relationship. Truthfully I anxiously wait to see Doctor Doom persuading Moonbot-7 to take over Lunella’s life completely, yet fortunately, that hasn’t occurred. Instead, the older robot offers guidance to the younger robot, informing her that while she might be one of ten different moonbots, each one is unique and special in their own right.

The Importance of Strong Parental Figures

I know these characters aren’t real. Their lives don’t have to align with how we normally carry ourselves. Yet at the same time, I still feel like it’s important to show their relationships with others. This is especially true for relationships that would affect the readers of said comic. That’s why I really enjoyed seeing Lunella, Moonbot-7, and Illa’s father-daughter bonding points. It shows the readers how these people in their own lives can have a positive impact on them, and in the case of Illa, it’s okay to feel anger or hurt towards said parents. I don’t expect children to suddenly throw themselves into their dad’s arms. However, I do think it helps show them someone’s looking out for their well-being. Even if this person lies just beyond their sight, they will always watch out for them.

Art That Shows the Universe in its Entirety

I have always loved Natacha Bustos’ way of making bright neon colors a staple of the MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR series, and there’s just more of that here. I must admit, Bustos does an excellent job showing off how space looks in this universe. Unlike the black void that it is from our own perspective, this space is bright and lively. Planets have faces that resemble Georges Méliès‘ film, A TRIP TO THE MOON. It’s so fun seeing all the various colors and planets in this version of space. It makes me feel like a kid again learning about the stars for the very first time.

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MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #22 captures the heart of what makes this series so enjoyable. It’s still fairly lighthearted for younger readers but has emotionally charged dialogue that shows kids everyone, even a giant moon with a face on it, deserves love. I look forward to seeing what this team has in store next for this dynamic duo.

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