Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 2: Cosmic Cooties

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Ms. Marvel, fun title

Small titles have the habit of getting cancelled

 
Comic Info

Comic Name:   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Publisher:   Marvel Comics

Writer:  Brandon Montclare/Amy Reeder

Artist:  Marco Failla/Natacha Bustos

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2016

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 Variant

Reprint Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #7-12 (July 2016-December 2016).  Things keep getting worse for Lunella.  Having been exposed to the Terrigen Mist, she’s undergone her Inhuman metamorphosis…but discovers that for some reason she’s switching minds with Devil Dinosaur.  As Lunella tries to get a handle on her new ability, the son of a Kree soldier has come to Earth to hunt Lunella, and Mel-Varr plans to please his father by inserting himself in Lunella’s life whether she likes it or not.

Written by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 2:  Cosmic Cooties is an all-ages Marvel series.  Following Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 1:  BFF, the series features art by Marco Failla (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #7) and Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #8-12).

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a fun little title.  The series is part of Marvel’s initiative to bring more diversity to comics and it shows more thought than some of their other attempts to do so.  The first volume was fun, and the second volume continues to build on the characters and story.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur doesn’t take itself too seriously.  The character is a little girl riding a giant dinosaur in the streets of New York City.  She doesn’t really bother hiding her identity, and Lunella does a poor job covering her tracks for her parents’ involvement.  Rather than making it an issue in the comic, the writers just go with it (plus, it was fun to have her interaction with Ms. Marvel).

Lunella is an original.  She kind of replaced Moon Boy, but she really doesn’t feel like a replacement as much as a completely new character.  Often Marvel has tried to force readers to accept new characters without taking much consideration of the vested interest the original characters have built over the decades.  I was bummed to see Moon Boy die in the first volume, but it was an underdeveloped character…Monclare and Reeder’s solution is to give readers a more rounded new character, and it isn’t as painful.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is proving to be a fun title, but like many fringe titles, it struggles to find an audience that can support it financially.  While critics and fans like the character, it is a book that will never sell as much as X-Men, Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, and it can’t be expected to.  Often a series fails financially, and Marvel writes it off as the characters’ fault.  If Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur ends up slipping away, it won’t be on the fault of the writing.  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 2:  Cosmic Cooties is followed by Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 3:  The Smartest There Is!

Related Links:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1:  BFF

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 3:  The Smartest There Is!

Devil Dinosaur by Jack Kirby:  The Complete Collection

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