Lunella Lafayette is a nine-year-old prodigy. She lives with her parents in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Devil Dinosaur is a big, red, time-displaced Tyrannosaurus Rex. Both are shunned by most, but they always have each other!
In this issue, a new story arc begins! “Girl Moon” begins with Lunella going above and beyond when it comes to a science project about the moon’s rotation around Earth. She ends up creating a pretty awesome device that lets her communicate with another being, Illa, in outer space. Illa asks for Lunella’s help and, being the badass that she is, Lunella builds a freaking space ship for herself and Devil Dinosaur. Together, they go to Illa, only to find that she’s not an alien at all, but an entire moon!
A living moon?! Yeah, that just happened. Lunella never ceases to amaze me with her intellect. This girl discovered something much bigger than what a fourth grade science project warranted. From here on out, I have no idea where the story is going to go. Why did the moon contact Lunella in the first place? It said that it has a father, who? How can Lunella possibly help this moon? I’m baffled and amazed and shocked and excited all at the same time.
Montclare’s writing is straightforward and simple. The dialogue is pretty much just Lunella talking to Devil Dinosaur and, even so, it seems natural. Not only do we get dialogue from her, but we also get narration from Lunella in the form of caption boxes. This lets us know not only what she’s doing, but what she’s thinking.
Lunella’s characterization is on point in this issue. She’s very focused and matter-of-fact. She’s really mature for her age, but still knows how to joke around, like when she tells her science class that the moon is made of cheese. Her age and intellect are both showcased perfectly in this issue, and her sassy-but-modest personality shines through.
Bustos’ artwork is beautiful. It’s realistic, neat, and fluid. The line work and panel layouts show a lot of movement throughout the issue, which adds to the steady pace of the storyline. The artwork looks as good as it does in large part thanks to Tamra Bonvillain’s colors. Taking weather, light sources, and environment into account, this issue is colored perfectly with vibrant bursts of primary colors like green in a classroom and red in Lunella’s laboratory. It looks just as great as it reads.
Any fan of Moon Girl is going to love this issue. Not only is it executed in the perfect manner, but it presents a storyline that is as enticing as ever. Like I said, I have no idea where the plot is going to go from here, but I’m sticking around to find out. If you’d like to, too, head to your local comic shop and give this gem a read!
Written by: Brandon Montclare
Illustrated by: Natacha Bustos