Marvel Announces New Series Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur
In 1978 Marvel Comics originally published Devil Dinosaur, one of Jack Kirby’s many great creations that followed the adventures of a large red Tyrannosaurus Rex and his caveman-like friend, Moon Boy. Marvel has recently announced a return of the title this fall, but this time featuring a pre-teen girl, super genius named Luna Lafayette, otherwise known as Moon Girl. The book will be written by Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu, Batwoman) and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl, Fear Itself: Fearsome Four), with art by Natacha Bustos (Strange Sports Stories). The series will be aimed towards an all ages audience, and will be added to the long growing list of Marvel books featuring female characters in lead roles. Assistant editor Emily Shaw had this to say of the announcement while speaking with Entertainment Weekly…
Mark and I were talking about how whenever people come in with young kids, or even just for Mark’s own kids, we don’t have that many publications that we can give to people that have that broad reach. Generally, we’re skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That’s where the tone jumped off for us.
Writer Amy Reeder had this to add…
Brandon and I were talking about co-writing books with Marvel, and we were really interested in doing something that would be a lot of fun, and that gravitated towards something that wasn’t made yet or wasn’t a main character or popular character for awhile. I like that idea because you get to do a lot with those types of situations. You get to put a lot of creativity into it, and have your voice heard. You’re not quite tied in to all the events. So that’s something that attracted us.
Featured below is some preview character design art for Moon Girl from Natacha Bustos, whose work I am not familiar with, but she has a really nice indie style look to her art. I have read and am a fan of the original Devil Dinosaur series as well and think that he’s a very fun character to have his own title. Given the current landscape and types of books that creators are getting the freedom of doing these days I think that this could also be a fun book if handled properly.