Monday, June 27, 2016

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #8 Review - Marvel Mondays


Written by: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
Art by: Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016

When we decided to do this whole Marvel Mondays thing, there was a mad scramble to claim books to review.  As I've mentioned numerous times, I have no real Marvel pedigree, so I grabbed books that looked like fun and this was one of the first ones I claimed.  Is is wrong to admit that all the Spider-Man, Inhumans and Avengers books were still up for grabs?  I don't think so.  Marathoning through the series to get up to this issue was a bunch of fun and now I am ready to review the crap out of this book.  Now that sounds like fun, huh?  Well, here goes...

The issue opens with Lunella doing her best Godzilla impersonation with the very conveniently place Lego City.  Of course, she isn't doing any sort of impersonation and in fact, it isn't even her.  It's all good destructive fun until "she" pounces on the new kid, Marvin.  Actually, that's all good fun as well.

For those not caught up, Lunella is a little girl, an Inhuman and is now connected to Devil Dinosaur. If that means nothing at all to you, don't worry because it's still purposely unclear to everyone.  This issue is the second part of the second part and while in some religions that might mean something very scary, here it just means you can jump on in and be up to speed in no time at all. 

While all this is going on, Lunella's mind is busy inside the actual Devil Dinosaur and Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder do a great job showing how crazy it would be for a little girl to suddenly become a huge, red dinosaur.  In other words, she trashes almost everything in her lab before deciding she better leave.

Things don't get any better since most people kind of are afraid of giant dinosaurs walking around the downtown promenades and piazzas.  The police arrive and...Lunella wakes up in her own body.

If Lunella is anything, she is smart (and cool and cute and awesome...wait, that's not just one thing!) and quickly explains that she was acting odd because of "low blood sugar" and it seems to stick as she is off to the lunchroom to eat.  I have to remember that the next time I write a crappy review.

She is joined by Marvin and I'm not sure if it's him or that delicious looking hot dog he's eating, but it's Dinosaur Time again as Lunella grabs the Hot Dog with her mouth and stomps around the lunchroom with it.  If you think that sounds hilarious, wait until you see Marvin's reaction...or non reaction.  I don't know why, but it actually made me laugh out loud or as the kid's say, laugh out loud.

With her brain back in Devil Dinosaur, Lunella does what anyone would do in the situation...RAMPAGE!  She is taking it to the streets (in a fun, but very destructive way) and the issue ends with her and herself escaping from the (evil?) clutches of Marvin. 

I really like this book.  I will admit that I want a whole lot more of Marvin because when he showed up in the beginning of this arc, I had all sorts of crazy Invader Zim like scenarios       going around in my head.  I do realize that is jumping the gun a bit since we still aren't even sure what all is going on with Lunella and Devil Dinosaur and I'm enjoying that as well.  I guess what I'm saying is that I really like this book.  Wait, I said that already...I'm sorry. my blood sugar must be low ;)

While Montclare and Reeder made me fall in love with Lunella on the very first page, I cannot discount the role the art team of Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain have done. Everything is so damn adorable, but the best thing throughout the entire series has been the emotions of Devil Dinosaur.  We may not get a lot of that in this issue, but I wanted to point it out because it is awesome!

Bits and Pieces:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a fun, action packed, all-ages comic that seems to just be getting started.  While I really was hoping for more Marvin in this issue, we get to see more of the connection between Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and I guess that's important since they are the stars of the book and all.  The story and art make this one of the funnest books around if you agree that "funnest" is a word and aren't so uppity about stuff like that.  If you are, you really need to lighten up and pick up this book.  Excuse me while I go and eat a hot dog.



  1. 1/10 complete waste of time. Probably cancelled by now.

    1. It's not selling well, but it's only a waste of time if you read it and don't like it...I would hope by issue #8 you would have dropped it and left it for those who like it. It is a slow moving story, but this second arc has an Invader Zim feel to it that could be a lot of fun