Reading Level: Middle Grade
Genre: Graphic Novel/Superhero
Length: 136 pages
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Moon Girl series
Rating: 3/5 stars
“LUNELLA LAFAYETTE is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world-but learned the hard way that it takes MORE than just big brains. Fearful of the monstrous INHUMAN genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled tyrant is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call TODAY. The pair are many things, and together the most amazing Marvel Team-Up.
COLLECTING: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR 1-6.”
I picked this graphic novel up at my son’s school book fair. While some of the concepts were interesting, I thought this was a pretty mediocre graphic novel overall.
I like the concept behind this book but I couldn’t help feeling it was trying too hard to provide us a politically correct and unique superhero. Lunella just happens to African American, female, and really into science and inventing. Lunella is the kind of heroine I love, but it just seemed like her whole demographic was really pushed a bit too hard.
Additionally the dialogue throughout is incredibly poorly done and awkward sounding. At times the frames were be hard to follow. There are also some issues with consistency where characters aren’t where they were a frame ago, stuff like that.
My 9 year old son (who generally loves comics and graphic novels) read this and when I asked him how it was shrugged and said “It was okay I guess, it’s not very well written”. He liked Moon Girl’s final crime-fighting outfit and some of her inventions but generally thought it was poorly done..so we both agreed on that.
Overall this is an okay graphic novel. I liked the concept and the idea of a young mad scientist type of girl out to save the world. However at points it seemed like the book was pushing the concept too hard. Additionally it was just poorly done both from a writing and illustration standpoint. I sadly won’t be reading any more of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. This is one I wanted to love but it just didn’t quite deliver.