Marvel’s new title “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” from co-writers Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, and artist Natacha Bustos, pairs Tyrannosaurus Rex (Devil Dinosaur) with New York teenage super genius Lunella Lafayette, a character described by the writers as a “female Inspector Gadget – only this time, she also knows what she’s doing.”
The original Devil Dino is the creation of Jack Kirby and debuted in comics in the late 1970s. Devil Dino and his inseparable friend, Moon-Boy, were inhabitants of Dinosaur World, a version of Earth in a parallel universe where dinosaurs co-exist with tribes of primitive humanoid beings. The new title is a reboot of the original, but instead of Moon Boy, we are getting Moon Girl.
“It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape.” – Natacha Bustos
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the writers explained, “The character lives in this world where people don’t really get her. That her brain just works a little differently than all of the other kids her age really resonated with us, and that idea of feeling sort of isolated and on your own during that very early time of life we thought was really compelling, and could really resonate with a lot of readers.”
Artist Natacha Bustos, who is half Afro-Brazilian and half Chilean, added, “It’s great to be a part of the creation of something which can mean something special to so many people. For decades now, we have seen more independent publishers taking a gamble on diversification, but always within the underground scene. It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape.”
“Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur” launches in comic shops and on digital devices in November 2015. We can say with certainty that this will definitely be on our must read list!
H/T: Comic Book Resources. Images via Marvel