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MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #26 by Brandon Montclare, Alitha Martinez, and Tamra Bonvillain
The issue helps people get to know these characters a bit more and show off Lunella's development, a fun piece in the Fantastic Four puzzle.
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Truly a tale with twice the trouble

Sometimes, things just don’t go your way. Maybe you ventured outside for the first time in a week and happened to step in a dog turd. Maybe your favorite shirt got ruined when you went out to that lunch you’ve been putting off for so, so long. Regardless of these misfortunes, none of them quite equal the bad day that Lunella and her friends find themselves in in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #26. Written by Brandon Montclare with art from Alitha Martinez, and Tamra Bonvillain this exciting second part of the “1 + 2 = Fantastic Three” arc lets Lunella shine in the face of adversity and shows just how much of a hero she is even without a hulking devil dinosaur.

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Our story begins with Galactus making himself quite comfortable on Yancy Street. The Thing and Lunella’s friend from school, Eduardo, wait for orders on the ground. A group of bystanders harasses the Thing forcing Eduardo to stand up for his new friend. Meanwhile, Lunella rides with the Silver Surfer towards Galactus to figure out why he’s come to Earth now. As it turns out, nobody knows what’s causing this disruption in the space-time continuum that’s causing the Silver Surfer and Galactus to appear on Earth. Therefore, it’s up to Lunella to get to the bottom of this nefarious plot.

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The parallel stories of Lunella talking to Galactus and Eduardo hanging out with the Thing really help bolster the message of the comic; that things aren’t always as simple as they seem. Eduardo, filled with images of the Fantastic Four as heroes, cannot fathom why his fellow civilians turn on the Thing so easily, someone he knows is a hero. In that same vein, Lunella doesn’t understand why all of these people suddenly show up on earth. Galactus and the Silver Surfer expect her to know why they’re suddenly here, yet she cannot find a reason.

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Though they both work nicely in contrast to one another, I have to admit the Eduardo story is more compelling. Here’s a boy learning that the heroes he read about in comics don’t get the glory they deserve. Instead, people throw shoes at them and blame them for crimes they never committed. While superheroes don’t exist in our world, it’s the same kind of devastation as learning someone you loved and trusted is feared and despised elsewhere.

Or if superheroes did exist and someone I personally admired, like Ms. Marvel, got defamed, I know I’d feel nothing but dread and anger towards the people wronging this person. Lunella’s dilemma of not knowing why entities are appearing in her city is fun, but it doesn’t have quite the same impact as Eduardo. If Eduardo is finally getting his just-deserts as a real supporting member of the comic, then I wish they’d just made his story with the Thing front and center.

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Depicting Monsters and Men

Martinez brings a real liveness to these characters. Even people in the crowd move about. They have expressions on their faces that help make them seem like actual characters versus extras. This detail isn’t necessary, but it brings the world of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #26 to life. Yet the style never strays far from cartoony. The thick outlines of the characters and the vibrant colors of the background make sure of that. I like how the sky is dark yet not ominous. Tamra Bonvillain is the colorist for this comic and she did a fantastic job. She made the sky this shade of blue-purple that shows this comic can get deep if it wants to but is still a comic for kids.

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MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #26 does suffer a bit for being the second part in a six-part series. There’s no real sense of conclusion and if you haven’t followed the story from the beginning, it’s quite confusing. Yet it’s nice to see this team try and do more with the characters from this universe. No longer is Lunella actively pushing people away, she knows it’s in her best interest to work as a team. Character growth is hard but seeing it play out with Lunella has been well worth the wait.

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