Lunella finds herself fighting alongside The Thing and the Human Torch in an effort to stop the Super-Skrull. Yet, she realizes that even with their powers combined, they are not enough to stop the universe-eating force. Written by Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 forces our heroes to face off against the toughest foes in the universe. And sometimes, even teamwork won’t save them as their world slowly gets devoured.

A World Turned Upside Down

The issue begins with the Fantastic Three fighting desperately to ward off the Super-Skrull. They throw everything they have at him; fire, bombs, even punches. Yet no matter how hard they try, the Skrull is too powerful. Fortunately for them, some unlikely allies arrive. At their darkest hour, the Silver Surfer and Galactus rush to their aid. They also inform the trio of the greater threat that lies waiting in the dark: the universe eater, Omnipotetis.

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This issue felt a bit convoluted. It’s not MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28’s fault; its job is to tie up many of the loose ends for the big final battle of the next two issues. However, some of the big reveals in this chapter feel a bit cheap compared to others the series has had before. Like when the reader finds out that the Super-Skrull is working for Omnipotetis. It kind of comes out of left field as a lot of the build-up was based around the Super-Skrull being their enemy.

This issue also introduces some concepts of yellow quarks and other science fiction elements that felt out of place. I get the story needs to justify what’s been going on, but the exposition was quite hard to follow. However, this isn’t to say that this issue isn’t still good; MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 continues to explore Lunella’s need for relying on others while showing how strong an intellectual she is. Yet despite this strength, some of the connecting plot points feel like they came out of nowhere.

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Power of Friends in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28

Despite these gripes, I have to admit the writers continue to do an amazing job at showing how important relying on people is. Yet this time, it does seem Lunella has taken this lesson to heart. At one fantastic moment, she gets into a debate with Galactus on the value of life. Lunella rightly argues how each one is unique and deserving of protecting; something her past self would never have done.

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Lunella also manages to see that she and the two remaining members of the Fantastic Four are not enough to defeat this great evil. However, instead of giving up, she chooses to recruit more people to their side. While she’s still uncertain of herself due to losing her beloved dinosaur, she won’t let that stop her from doing the right thing.

A Whole Galaxy of Color and Vibrancy

Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain continue to hit it out of the park with visualizing this world. Bonvillian especially brings a unique colorization to the comic. Rather than keeping to the purples and pinks motif most of the other issues have, this issue instead forgoes those usual palettes. In MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28, panels get filled with yellows and oranges; things that really show the shift in the mood these recent issues have. Instead of simply being whimsical and fun, these shades add to the unsettling and uncertain atmosphere of not knowing how to beat an omnipotent enemy.

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Final Thoughts

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 continues teaching important lessons to children. It shows how tenacious young women can be without coming across as preachy or disingenuous. Though the superhero elements of the plot sometimes feel muddled, the strength of the character’s emotions still persists in this issue.

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, and Tamra Bonvillain
While the plot seems a bit unfocused, the heart of the story remains true to the legacy of the series.
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Good message, great characters

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