Sunday, December 31, 2017

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #26 Review - Marvel Monday

Fancy Feats on Yancy Street

Writer: Brandon Montclare
Art: Alitha E. Martinez and Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillian
Publisher: Marvel
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy

So here it comes - 2018. This issue was the last comic book I read in 2017, and there have been some excellent comics this year despite what some online commentators have had to say this week. Among the finest is this title. The opening issue last month set the bar high for this 6 part arc. Let's see if this issue continues to dazzle.

Well let's not leave you in suspense - this issue continues a wonderful Legacy showcase for Moon Girl, as part of the 1+2=Fantastic Three story arc. The dialogue is full of witty patter between Thing and the residents of Yancy Street, all Stan Lee-inspired New Yawk attitude. It's fantastic but it's fresh and lively on the page - not dated and nostalgia-laced.  It embodies the spirit of Marvel Past without becoming pastiche. Capeesh?

Moon Girl herself is equally entertaining in her no-nonsense chat with Galactus, and there is a neat little nod to the previous Fantastic Four adventures through the character of Eduardo who befriends Ben Grimm in some hilarious exchanges ("I'm Eduardo! I growed up here too! At One Ninety-Eight! What was your building??"-"Awright Awright! I get it kid. But yer laying it on thick."). This dialogue just zips off the page and transports me back to the days when I used to be late for school because I was sitting reading my Fantastic Four books oblivious to the need to leave the house, transported to the NYC streets.

Special mention should also be made to the colorist Tamra Bonvillian - the colors of peach and purple and greens are just luscious. The yellow of Galactus' helmet just sparkles on the page. I read this in HD Digital and I really think that it is the format to read this on - the backlighting just allows the work to shine off the page. Really top stuff.

Bits and Pieces

This is a continuation from the last issue. We get a bit more detail about what is going on and we are left with two mysteries for the trio (plus the "tag-along" companions of Silver Surfer and Eduardo). First  - who summoned Galactus and his master Omnipotentis. Second - who framed Thing? It's all to play for - I'll be there same Marvel time, same Marvel place for the next issue - I can't wait to take another trip with this book. Wonderful.


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