Comic Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

I’ve anticipated reading Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur since it was first announced at the Women in Marvel panel at NYCC in 2015. That’s how excited I’ve been to read this comic.

It combines my too favorite things: stories about smart little girls, and dinosaurs.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is about Lunella. She’s been touted as the smartest character in Marvel’s universe. Pretty cool, right?

After some mishaps, Lunella ends up gaining a dinosaur friend that bursts (literally) into her life. In short order, Lunella realizes that having a dinosaur around is great, but a huge complication when you live in a city.

Devil Dinosaur came with some not so friendly pals, who are causing a huge stir in New York City. They call themselves the Killer-Folk, and will mug you for everything you’ve got before you have the chance to run.

8Amy Reeder captured my attention with this comic. She hits important notes about kids and being a kid that we might forget as we grow older.

Lunella is a gifted kid. We see this in how bored she is at school. She gets in trouble because she’s not challenged enough, or she gets bullied because she knows a lot. I relate to this 100%. Being curious as a kid can be good, but it can also be damning because it leads to being taunted and teased by classmates.

Not everyone is unfortunate to experience bullying in the classroom. But being teased like this is what kept me quiet in class. It was easier to keep my nose in a book than speak up when I knew the answer.

I applaud Reeder at her ability to handle the difficulties Lunella faces as she tries to navigate growing up. Even Lunella’s supportive parent’s struggle with making sure their daughter still has a safe, enjoyable childhood while also being challenged.

If you haven’t picked up Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, you should. Its funny, and thoughtful. Plus, who doesn’t love a dinosaur romping through modern New York City? The trade has been out since July 5, so you can read issues 1-6. I’m excited to continue reading about Lunella and her adventures.

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Comic Review: Rocket Girl

Time travel. Jet packs. The 80s. All awesome things, right?

You’ll find all of those things and more in Rocket Girl.

15-year-old Dayoung Johansson travels back to 1986 from 2013 to stop a major corporation from utilizing their time travel machine in order to get ahead. Reminds me of “Back to the Future II,” and Biff using the DeLorean to set up his future riches.

Written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder (the duo also does Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), Rocket Girl is quite the adventure.

cover1-r6Protagonist Dayoung Johansson is quite the spitfire as a police officer of the future. She has a strong moral compass, and dreamed of always being part of the New York Teen Police Department (NYTPD). Teen Police Department? Yup. You read that right. In order to prevent corrupt cops, the police department is filled with teenagers. If you work there until you’re 30, then you receive a contract from Quintum Mechanics, the company Johansson is trying to stop.

As someone who was born in 1990, its interesting to have another comic give me another perspective on the 80s.

Montclare does a great job capturing my attention with the story of Johansson and her colleagues in the NYTPD. I’m eager to read more of their adventures, and see the parallels that happen between the “1986 Present” and the “2013 Past.” Don’t worry, that will all make sense when you read the comic.

Reeder’s art is one of my favorite parts about Rocket Girl. The layouts of the action, and the pages is so fluid. I can’t see it being any other way.

I also liked that the bonus content was from Montclare describing the different page layouts for some of the more action-packed scenes, and then Reeder’s designs of how each panel and page was put in order to capture what they both were visualizing. I included one of my favorite page spread at the end so you’ll see what I mean!

I definitely recommend Rocket Girls if you’re a fan of time travel, the 80s, and jet packs. Plus a whole host of other bits that make this story a great romp in the past.

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