Marvel Comics is re-introducing the world to the adventures of a red tyrannosaurus rex and its sidekick, but this time with a beautiful twist. In 1978, Devil Dinosaur was a Marvel produced comic that did not have a long run. Fortunately, the creative company has seen fit to revive it, but this time instead of Moonboy as the dino’s companion, an extremely intelligent African-American pre-teen will be his best friend.
Lunella Lafayette, who will be better known as Moon Girl, will be introduced to the world when the comic releases in November. Marvel writers, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare have come together to put a very modern spin on the original storyline. Initially, the story followed Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy during the pre-historic era. This time, the story will take place in New York as Lunella is growing up and trying to fit in, especially with such a unique gift. She is a young girl with big dreams and a mission to help those around her. Even those who do not “get” her.
Moon Girl was brought to the forefront after it was concluded that there aren’t many Marvel characters that all ages could relate to. “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,” says Emily Shaw who is the assistant editor of the comic.
The storyline will keep Lunella at the center, but will also focus on her relationship with Devil Dinosaur and how they will work together as a team. Devil Dinosaur will help guide Lunella to learn how to relate well with others.
Amy Reader shared, “Moon Girl is definitely a type of personality that I had in my mind for a long time, that hopefully people can identify with in different aspects. We all feel isolated or left out at times. So it’s been a joy to try to create something like this.”