Sunday, June 12, 2016

Checking Out MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #7

I have been interested in one of Marvel Comics' newest comic books, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, for a while. I've resisted the urge to pick it up because I buy a lot of other comic books. But I've begun pruning my pull-list recently. So I decided to check out the latest issue, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #7, this weekend while at my local comic book shop.

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR involves an extremely smart girl named Lunella Lafayette who figured out that she carries a dormant Inhuman gene. Terrified about the uncertainty of terrigenesis, she grabbed a piece of Kree technology called the Omni-Wave Projector and planned to use it to keep her protected from the Terrigen Mists.

Unfortunately, the Omni-Wave Projector accidentally opened a time-portal that brought several prehistoric Killer Folk to the present -- along with our old friend Devil Dinosaur! Lunella (AKA Moon Girl, because her mind is always in the clouds) and Devil Dinosaur team up to defeat the Killer Folk and end up developing a bond with each other.

Which proves helpful for Lunella when she finds herself surrounded by a cloud of Terrigen Mists and ends up alone and vulnerable inside an Inhuman cocoon!

Which brings us to MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #7! This issue begins two days later when Lunella's cocoon cracks open and our young hero emerges -- only to find that she's the same as before! No mutations. No powers. No nothing! Except for a pair of angry parents who have no clue where their daughter has been hiding for the past 48 hours!

(Of course, you would think that at least one of her parents is a potential Inhuman since her condition is an inherited condition...)

But life goes on. Lunella resumes her home routines. She gets back into school. And she begins fighting crime with her new dinosaur buddy and her various gadgets!

But everything comes to a head when she is confronted by a new Kree hero, Captain Kree, in his civilian identity! Captain Kree is a young Kree kid named Mel-Varr who has decided to prove some point by capturing an Inhuman. But since he's a kid, he's decided to focus on an easy target -- namely a newbie Inhuman named Lunella LaFayette who apparently has no actual powers!

Captain Kree infiltrates Lunella's classroom and manages to infuriate our young hero. Which results in the first manifestation of Moon Girl's powers! It seems that she can mentally switch places with Devil Dinosaur! Which seems cool, except that angry dinosaurs don't exhibit appropriate body basics in classrooms!


Meanwhile, Lunella finds herself trapped in Devil's body way down in their secret HQ!


How will she get things back to normal? Can she only do this with Devil Dinosaur or can Moon Girl switch bodies with anyone? And is this mind-switch only triggered by emotional surges or will she eventually gain the ability to swap bodies whenever she wants?

I don't know, but I'm really looking forward to picking up Issue #8 to get some of these questions answered!

"Cosmic Cuties: Growing Up Is Hard" is written by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder, with art by Marco Failla, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by VC's Travis Lanham.

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