Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Writer: Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare Artist: Natacha Bustos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 14
8.2Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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LUNELLA LAFAYETTE is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes MORE than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous INHUMAN genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call TODAY. The pair are many things, and together the most amazing Marvel Team-Up. MARVEL PRESENTS... MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR!
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  • 10
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Nov 24, 2015

    This is an awesome intro to a new series. Lunella is going to fit in nicely with her fellow young Marvel ladies, Kamala and Doreen. (I also think she and Gertie would have a lot to talk about. #badassgirlswithdinosaurs). Bring on the dinosaur/girl bonding! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Nov 27, 2015

    If you don't adore Lunella immediately, then your enjoyment of this comic is going to be minimal at best. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 is officially the cutest comic out this week and it has a LOT to love about it. Montclare and Reeder bring a new take on Devil Dinosaur while also giving us a glimpse of Lunella's position kind of on the outside of what's going on in the rest of Marvel. She's in the heart of the trouble caused by the Terrigen mists, but also on the periphery as her outlook differs from many of the Inhuman heroes we've seen so far. Add to that the way that the art really gives us the cutest characters (even the gigantic alien T-Rex is kind of cute, okay), and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 is basically a book that everyone should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Lauren Bullock Nov 27, 2015

    By the time you put down this book your mind will already beon to the next comic eager to learn more about Lunella, Devil Dinosaur, and how their shocking relationship becomes a partnership in the pages to come. A fantastic read for all ages putting in that necessary diverse representation work, don't wait until Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 is sold out to get your copy! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Jamie Rice Nov 25, 2015

    Overall, while the plot is thin here, Lunella has definitely proven herself to be a worthwhile character that I am more than happy to follow to the ends of the earth. I'll be sure to check back with Lunella and Devil Dinosaur. I know they're gonna really tear things up. (Figuratively and literally because that's a big dinosaur. He's gonna do some damage regardless of how nice he is.) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 11, 2015

    I'm a fan of Lunella, my favorite new character at Marvel since Kamala Khan. The thing that slowed this issue down for me was the setup necessary to get Devil Dinosaur from pre-history into present day New York, but it's something that needed to be done. I'm going to be really interested to see how Lunella and Devil end up bonding in the next issue, I'm counting the days until #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 28, 2015

    Kudos to writers Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder and artist Natacha Bustos for crafting an entertaining revival for the "other" DD - and creating a fun new character at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Nov 25, 2015

    I definitely recommend Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1. Lunella is a great protagonist for this series and a refreshing face for many reasons. Her story with Devil Dinosaur is just beginning, and there seem to be some interesting story elements that will unfold. If you work with kids in any capacity, keep this on your shelf. Whether Black, gifted, or not, I can definitely see this series doing a lot of good for many of the young people in our lives. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Rainbow Hub - W.B. Xavier Nov 26, 2015

    I absolutely adored this issue. If I have one complaint, it's that it might be kind of confusing to new readers. I know even I had some trouble understanding what exactly was going on with Lunella at the Kree crash site.Despite this, Natacha Bustos's art is wonderful and kinetic, and Tamra Bonvillain's colors really makes the whole thing pop. The writing duo of Brandon Montclair and Amy Reeder did a wonderful job capturing the awkwardness of adolescence, and I'm truly very excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jan 6, 2016

    Lunella is an interesting character, and has a lot a reader could identify with. T-Rexes are awesome. This could be a winning combo! It's a fun read, and a great addition to the lighter Marvel stuff that's been coming out lately. I'd say give it a chance. It's only 24 pages in and it already feels like way more than I expected from it. That's a great sign for any book. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Dec 3, 2015

    While Devil Dinosaur is a Jack Kirby creation, his shadow does not loom large in this book. The creative team went for something unique while paying respects to the original. I was unfamiliar with the original prior to this review, so now I am curious to go back and see the difference. But that was the point, why retread on something already done? The Marvel Universe now is “different” and “Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur” fits the bill without going off the rails. Above all else though, this is a fun Marvel book without being childish. Too many times there is doom and gloom in all of comics, this is a refreshing reminder it isn't always like that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Daniel Cole Nov 26, 2015

    As an issue one it works. Clean art and a streamlined script come together to create a promising package. Moon Girl herself may not be wholly original, but that's fine. It is a book that young readers will most definitely enjoy. So go out and share it with your kids. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Nov 26, 2015

    This was a lot of fun, the art is bold and dramatic, and it's a good set up. I'd like to learn more about Devil-Dinosaur who hasn't featured much yet, but surely a sign of a good first issue is the reader wants to know more! Some adults may find this a bit too childish, but it's a dinosaur super-hero. What else would you expect? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 1, 2015

    Even if the story lacks refinement, it still feels complete in the end. Lunella Lafayette is established as a character. We understand who she is and what her motivations are. It also established how Devil Dinosaur ended up in Manhattan. It won't be mistaken for a Michael Crichton book, but it does put all the necessary pieces in place in a coherent manner. When those pieces include a dinosaur and a cute black girl from the Lower East Side, that in and of itself is an accomplishment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 7, 2015

    The visuals are presented in a somewhat simpler style that suits the brighter, more innocent tone of the story, but it never seems gaudy either. The colors aren't garish and are instead a little muted, perhaps to reflect Moon Girl's frustrations. Perhaps what I love most about the art isn't, surprisingly, the depiction of a red, intelligent tyrannosaur, but rather the youth of the other main protagonist of the book. Lunella looks like a girl - not a young woman, not even a teenager. This isn't about a new adolescent heroine hitting the scene, but rather about a kid. While this book should appeal to fans of Ms. Marvel, the tender age of the heroine here, among other aspects, definitely sets it apart from that sister book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Dec 1, 2015

    Overall, the book has a good homespun feel to it, and exudes plenty of warmth and charm. It does have a noticeable case of First Issue Syndrome where not much happens beyond introductions, but it'll have me coming back for more next month. The comic scene continues to branch out with more diverse characters and more small scale stories, and I think this odd couple book will make a fine addition to that landscape. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 2, 2015

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaurflew by, sure, but it read and looked fantastic while doing it. This creative team might have something special brewing here and once we start to get an idea of the relationship between these two in the issues to come there might be no stopping it. Devil Dinosaur is always a win, and thankfully Montclare and Reeder have made Moon Girl an interesting character to be opposite him. You know that last page Marvel has been putting in, about the second issue? After reading number one, there is absolutely no doubt that youre going to want to see what happens next. Pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 26, 2015

    You have to love it when a comic publisher gives us something different. Will MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR be for everyone? Maybe. Maybe not. It's just refreshing to get something like this. It's great and important to have a book that represents other readers. What matters to me most is my daughter really got a kick out of the issue as well. Lunella, Moon Girl, is a wonderful new character and who doesn't want to see Devil Dinosaur in the modern day Marvel Universe? You can feel there's something special going on with this series and it's definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Nov 28, 2015

    If you've been a fan of G. Willow Wilson's work on the highly acclaimed Ms Marvel, you'll certainly find Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to be well within the same wheelhouse. This story revolves around a girl who is having a hard time fitting in but the narrative doesn't focus on this single attribute. The only reason that this issue did not score a higher rating is that, like many first issues, it begins to build the story arc. I feel this series will begin to pick up pace as Moon Girl finds something red, scaly, and prehistoric dropped into her everyday life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 25, 2015

    "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" #1 is a fun debut for this series; Montclare, Reeder and Bustos make me want to see what happens next, and that's exactly what you should achieve in a first issue. I might not be willing to go read old Moon Boy/Devil Dinosaur stories just yet, but -- when it comes to this incarnation of the concept -- put me down as a fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 28, 2015

    "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" is a comic book title that sounds like it could be a lot of fun and the initial issue delivers on that prospect. The reader gets to know a new character, Lunella Lafayette, and the cast around her as well as the general set up of the Jack Kirby creations of Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur. The comic book is energetic and charming and brings the reader into a world that has a ton of possibilities, all of which appear to be fun. The artwork provides an all ages element to the story without coming across as cartoony. This is definitely a book to keep an eye on and an issue to pick up. This is undeniably something different in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 28, 2015

    Even with some missed opportunities, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 is a sweet first issue that may have readers falling in love with the titular duo before they even get to know one another. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 24, 2015

    That look, along with some of the plot aspects, makes me think this is a comic geared towards the younger set (nothing wrong with that and much needed in the comic market), but I found myself intrigued as to where this was all going and really entertained. The first issue is fun, and I say it a lot, but some times that's what you need. I'm looking forward to the second issue, especially to see what this team can do, but because this first issue shows a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    We The Nerdy - Jason Adams Nov 25, 2015

    The publishers drive to expand the range of art style and tone in their books and offer more non-superhero fare appears to be working for them, with DC trying to follow suit. Marvels mission to take risks with giving series to completely new characters should also be lauded. Not every series needs to take off and reach a Ms. Marvel or an Ultimate Spider-Man level of notoriety for the strategy to be considered successful. Even so, it feels Reeder and Montclare may have tapped into the same recipe for appeal with Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and it will be interesting to see where the series goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 25, 2015

    At times Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur reads like two independent stories sandwiched together. Whether Lunella Lafayette needs to become Moon Girl to realize her potential remains to be seen, but there's no doubt that she's a fun and compelling addition to the Marvel Universe. This book has a lot going for it, but it needs to work to better integrate the classic Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur elements into the conflict. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Lep Nov 30, 2015

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is dynamic and charming. A great read for young people who hide how smart they are from the world. All the junior Dr. Sattlers and Dr. Grants out there. It is carefree without being empty. A quirky take on classic kids comics. Particularly noteworthy is the fantastic Lisa Frank palette used by the comic's colorist, Tamra Bonvillain. The colors are pure magic, making the pages simultaneously dreamy and crisp. Devil Dinosaur may be classic Kirby, but Moon Girl is strictly Cartoon Network. It's a generation gap book. Great for fans of the Bronze Age who want some Night Nurse in their Spider-Man, great for new readers who grew up with Usagi Tsukino instead of Adam Strange. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 24, 2015

    With its winning protagonist, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur could become a slam dunk, but only after some major work is done to the other elements of this series. Given Lunella's prodigious intelligence, she could easily wind up on any adventure she so chooses - but with a giant red dinosaur in tow, the rest of the story is struggling to keep up. Yet if Montclare, Reeder and Bustos can make Devil Dinosaur as interesting as his new partner, this comic could be a breakout success. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 28, 2015

    We don't get to see a lot of Lunella interacting with Devil Dinosaur yet, but I'm sure it will be fun. It's a little random that she, out of everybody, gets wrapped up in this mysterious orb thing, but such is plot. We've got a potentially fun new character on our hands, and in my opinion, there aren't enough dinosaurs in comics anyway. Only good things can come from teaming Lunella up with a T-Rex. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 28, 2015

    A charming enough comic, with good art and potential for lots of entertaining dino-mayhem… Read Full Review

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