Jack Kirby's Devil Dinosaur is returning with a new friend in a new Marvel series titled Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur beginning in November. Revealed by Entertainment Weekly, the series is being pitched as an all-ages book with a "Pixar feel" according to Marvel, and is written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl). The duo are joined by artist Natacha Bustos, who recently made her comic book debut in DC's Strange Sports Stories.
Moon Girl is a new character created for the series whose real name is Lunella Lafayette. EW describes her as a "pre-teen super genius," and Reeder said Lunella came from her and Montclare's interest in creating or developing a lesser known character in Marvel lore.
“What really attracted [editor Mark Paniccia] and I to the original Moon Girl pitch was how Amy and Brendan came to this world,” said Marvel assistant editor Emily 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.”
Reeder and Montclare came up with Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur after looking for a lesser known Marvel character that they could make their mark on, and steer cleer of "all the events."
“Brandon and I were talking about co-writing books with Marvel, and we were really interested in doing something that would be a lot of fun, and that gravitated towards something that wasn’t made yet or wasn’t a main character or popular character for awhile," said Reeder. "I like that idea because you get to do a lot with those types of situations. You get to put a lot of creativity into it, and have your voice heard. You’re not quite tied in to all the events. So that’s something that attracted us.”
Although the original Devil Dinosaur series took place in an alternate world, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur will be set in Marvel's main universe -- New York City even.
“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.” So will that unique type of storytelling bring different monsters to Manhattan during Lunella’s adventures?"
Those questioning where Moon-Boy is can breathe a sigh of release, as Montclare confirms he will show up in the new series -- as well as his caveman kinfolk.
“There won’t be a hidden easter egg, but Moon-Boy is going to be in it at least for a little bit,” Montclare revealed. “And one of the things that comes back in time along with Devil Dinosaur will be these bad boys, these killer folk, these Kirby-created cavemen. We keep the kind of cartoonish-ness of it, but it should be very cool because they’re going to be a legitimate menace living up to their name, but they’re going to have an experience in modern times that changes them.”