The people asked, and Marvel delivered. Finally, Marvel is coming out with a black superhero, and she’s a strong young female. This November, Marvel will be introducing Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a re-vamp of a short-lived comic called Devil Dinosaur from 1978 about a big red T-Rex and a caveboy.
The book’s new look introduces our badass little heroine Lunella Lafayette. She’s a young, dark-skinned girl who doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids. Her character has a unique “alien” headspace which leaves her feeling isolated; writers hope that she will be relatable to adults and kids alike.
And she’s cute as hell, featuring natural black hair for what is possibly the first time ever on a Marvel superhero. It’s about damn time! The fact that our new superhero is also under 20-years-old is another revolutionary move for Marvel comics. Writers Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu, Batwoman) and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl, Fear Itself: Fearsome Four), artist Natacha Bustos (Strange Sports Stories), editor Mark Paniccia and assistant editor Emily Shaw, the creative team behind Moongirl, say that they wanted to create a character that is specifically relatable to youth.
But for real, it’s important that we get more representation for black and dark-skinned people in the mainstream media. Moongirl’s artist Natacha Bustos is from Spain, and is half Afro-Brazilian and half Chilean.
She’s stoked for the opportunity to illustrate this comic, saying “For decades now, we have seen more independent publishers taking a gamble on diversification, but always within the underground scene… It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape.”
With a 30-foot dinosaur interacting with a 3-and-a-half-foot little girl in modern-day New York City, complete with monster battles, “bad boy” cavemen creatures, and a “unique kind of storytelling,” Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are sure hold it down.
— Amy Reeder (@amyreeder) August 13, 2015
Facial Expressions Of Lunella