moon girl and devil dinosaur #1 review amy reeder brandon montclare marvel comics

The much-anticipated new comic by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare is here, and it is finally time to see if this issue lives up to all of the hype in our MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 review! Let’s do some science, people!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamara Bonvillain, and VC’s Travis Lanham

We begin with Moon Girl a.k.a. Lunella. She is once again late for school, which is a little odd considering her love for learning. It’s okay though because Lunella has bigger dreams, and it seems like the new item she has discovered might help her do just that. Simultaneously, Moon Boy, the Killer Folk, and the Small Folk are in the middle of a struggle with the Nightstone and Devil Dinosaur right at the center.

WATCH: Want to know more about MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR? Check out our interview at Special Edition: NYC 2015 with the writers Amy Reeder and Brandon MontClare! 

moon girl and devil dinosaur #1 review amy reeder brandon montclrare marvel comics

As Reeder and Montclare told me in an interview, which is soon to be published on ComicsVerse, Lunella is a different hero. She loves science. That is interesting enough on its own, but what makes her character more interesting is that she does not enjoy school. We live in a world where sometimes a desire to learn does not correlate into school. That is because a naturally curious kid like Lunella is already aware of what her teachers what to show her. I can relate to being in a class where a teacher gets frustrated because the students are not answering the questions, and then you get called on for being a “know-it-all” who isn’t paying attention. This interaction leads to my favorite moment of the comic, Lunella’s desire to never know it all. As she says, “that would be the worst thing in the whole world…knowing everything? Never learning? What else is there to do?”

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Reeder and Montclare’s desire to portray what it truly means to love learning and science is more than just aspirational. With that moment, I felt that they had captured a truly curious and young mind in a beautiful way. When it comes to art, I was initially afraid that I was going to miss Reeder’s art, However, Natacha Bustos is more than up for the challenge and presents some truly amazing characters. A particular stand out is Devil Dinosaur who is simultaneously the cutest and the hottest (pardon the pun) dinosaur in the game nowadays. I am also a huge fan of Lunella’s character design. She looks like a cool girl who also loves science and that is conveyed as much in her attire as it is in her dialogue and characterization.

Overall, while the plot is thin here, Lunella has definitely proven herself to be a worthwhile character that I am more than happy to follow to the ends of the earth. I’ll be sure to check back with Lunella and Devil Dinosaur. I know they’re gonna really tear things up. (Figuratively and literally because that’s a big dinosaur. He’s gonna do some damage regardless of how nice he is.)

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