Released: July 5th 2016
Moon Girl was highly recommended to me by one of my friends, so I decided to give it a try. Moon Girl (AKA Lunella Lafayette, get it?) is the new IQ queen of the Marvel-verse, coming in at number one in the list of smartest characters. Before reading volume one, that’s about all I knew about her. That and she has a red dinosaur for a pet (friend?). I am pleased to say that there is more depth to the series.
It took me a little while to actually get into this series. At first I felt it was a little hectic and rushed, but over time it really did grow on me. I’ll admit I’m not terribly fond of the main antagonists of the series, and I seriously hope they get switched out sooner rather than later. I did find myself growing fond of the protagonists however, Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur.
Moon Girl is an inhuman, she figured this out on her own by testing her DNA, but she doesn’t know what she’ll become when the terrigen mist hits her. The idea of not knowing what could happen absolutely terrifies her, and that fear causes her to go to extreme lengths to try and cure herself from being inhuman. I found this to be deeply human and very touching; it was at this revelation I found myself liking Lunella’s character.
As for Devil Dinosaur (named by the antagonists, presumably for his red coloring and fiery eyes), he follows little Lunella around like a puppy. Ok, sometimes he doesn’t always follow, as he’s been known to scoop her up by her backpack and run around the city with her hanging from his mouth. I’m hoping there’ll be more development for him in the future – right now he’s more like an untrained golden retriever (a rather large one admittedly) than anything else.
As I mentioned above, I’m not a big fan of the Killers, as they call themselves. They’re clearly trying to give us a mirror for moon girl with them; they don’t appear intelligent (being Neanderthals) but have been shown to be amazingly good at adapting (getting the basics of English on their first day in our time). Despite this I just don’t find them to be interesting or to pose any real threat to Moon Girl. With any luck they’ll go the way of many comic book villains and get replaced within a volume or two.
I’m glad I gave this series a try, as the ending of the volume gave me ‘all the feels’ and left me wondering what was going to happen next. Maybe I’m just a sap for that sort of thing though; seeing Devil Dinosaur upset about Moon Girl did strike a chord with me. I will be continuing this series, if nothing else to resolve the cliffhanger I was left with.