Written by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
Art by Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 22, 2017

“If any of you say ‘radical,’ I’m slicing your head off”. Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur, and her new X-Men friends accidentally traverse space and time in this latest issue of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur!

Montclare and Reeder’s writing is wonderful. I love the contrast between Lunella and her surrounding environment. Quick thinking, all brains Moon Girl constantly finds herself with people who don’t take the world as seriously as her. Ever the underestimated child, Lunella constantly must prove herself to the adults around her in order to unequivocally authenticate her abilities and her worth, something that’s a constant insecurity of hers.

Light humor and ridiculousness fills the world around her, making her stand out more, especially when she’s placed in situations like the one that happens in this comic. It highlights how out of place she is in her own universe, and that’s the best part of Lunella. Deep down, she just wants people to acknowledge her and accept who she is. But in a world that can barely understand her intelligence and at the young age she’s at, she has an uphill struggle ahead of her and that’s what’s compelling about her.

The art by Bustos is beautiful. Each character has their own distinct build to them. Each outfit has subtle touches that illustrates that Bustos took time drawing each panel. I especially love the 80s getups. Maybe it’s my soft spot for kooky 80s attire, but I love the nod to the X-Men 80s outfits and I especially love the clothes Forge wears. The striped polo shirt and short shorts are too much and fantastic at the same time.

The colors by Bonvillain are perfect. They’re blindingly bold and contrast drastically with the serious personality of Lunella, making them a perfect way to lighten the mood of the comic.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is definitely a comic you should be reading by now. Should you start at “The Smartest Girl There Is! Part 5: X Equals”? No. You should probably start at the very beginning if you haven’t been reading Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. It’s a tale about a girl striving for acceptance, living in a world that’s constantly telling her how she should act and what she should be. It’s about a girl insecure with how people see her and her need to prove herself. It’s a story about a girl and her time traveling dinosaur. You should definitely read this.

The Verdict: 10/10


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