Jack Kirby’s Devil Dinosaur is about to reenter the Marvel Universe after Secret Wars is over. But Moon-Boy won’t be his partner anymore. Instead, Marvel is introducing Lunella Lafayette, a new Inhuman heroine better known as Moon Girl!
The Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comic is the creation of writers Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu) and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl), with artist Natacha Bustos joining them on the new series. Marvel is reportedly gearing Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur towards the same “all-ages” demo that Ms. Marvel and the Miles Morales: Spider-Man books normally hit.
“[Marvel Editor] Mark [Paniccia] 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,” explained Marvel Assistant Editor Emily Shaw while speaking to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
“What really attracted Mark and I to the original Moon Girl pitch was how Amy and Brendan came to this world,” added Shaw. “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. That’s what really gave the story its heart at the beginning.”
Kirby’s Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur first debuted in 1978, and Moon-Boy will show up in the new book for at least a few issues. However, the focus will be on Moon Girl and her new “partner.”
“What’s really cool is to be able to put a Tyrannosaurus Rex in modern day New York City and also juxtapose with a little girl,” said Montclare. “You’re going to have a 30-foot dinosaur interacting with a three-and-a-half tall girl…I can’t think of any other book that’s kind of like that, where you have these kind of crazy things that are going to be very different to work on. But if everyone can pull it off, it’s going to be a unique type of storytelling.”
A release date for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has not yet been announced.
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