Released: January 9th 2018
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur 19-24
Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur are back for another volume, this one oddly enough is named Girl-Moon. You can probably make a guess or two what that is about, but we’ll talk about that more in a bit. I have to say that even while I don’t always love the plots for Moon Girl, I’m always happy to read her series. Sometimes a character is interesting enough to make up for a subpar plot, and thankfully Moon Girl is one of those characters (it helps that Devil Dinosaur is adorable).
Girl-Moon is six issues long, with five of the issues focusing on the same plot. The last one is more like a series of (silly) short stories. It was nice to get a longer plot for Moon Girl, even if it wasn’t the best I’ve read from her. There were plenty of funny and quippy moments to make up for a lot of what the plot was lacking.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about Girl-Moon (the character, not the volume title). It’s kind of a funny idea? It’s also a bit…lame? Basically Girl-Moon is the daughter of none other than Ego the planet (because who else could be her father, really?). She’s desperately lonely and completely lacking in any social skills – mostly because she’s spent the majority of her life alone. Now, I don’t know what the lifespan of a moon/planet is, but it kind of seems like Girl-Moon is stuck as a perpetual child (we never hear about Ego as a child, so I’ve always kind of assumed he was always this way). I could be wrong, but I really can’t picture her any other way.
Thanks to Lunella running off to save a girl she’s never met she finds herself in an odd sort of situation. Specifically she finds herself in another dimension at one point. So Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur get to meet Devil Girl and the Moon Dinosaur. Yeah…it’s funny and cute, but Devil Girl doesn’t have any of the charm that Moon Girl has. It’s an odd thing to say, but it’s true. It’s like they took the best parts of Lunella and hid them away. I’m sure it was an odd experience for both of them, but it was odd.
Admittedly I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to the whole interdimensional interactions thing. I have no problem with it occurring; all I ask is that it be well done. I don’t feel like that was the case here. More like it was thrown in for a quick gag, moving on quickly once they made their point.
Throughout all of these somewhat silly and absurd (I meant that in the unlikely sort of way) moments are some truly funny moments. The Doom bot being left in control of Moon Girl’s cover while she’s gone is pretty insane…genius, but insane. It ends up with a lot of interesting and funny moments, to put it lightly. It also feels like this may actually be going somewhere, but it’s hard to be certain if it’ll be anything more than a gag in the long run.
I will say that the conclusion to this plotline was wholly unexpected and incredibly heartbreaking. It actually scared me into thinking it was the end of the series for a moment, though since I know there’s another volume coming out that it isn’t the case. I do hope they change it back…otherwise they’re going to have to find a new title for the series.
The last issue is a series of short stories. Maybe it’s because of what happened in the issue before, but I just couldn’t get into this one. They were silly or jarring to me, and I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m still curious about what the next major plot will end up being, so that’s good.