Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 CoverB.F.F.!? DEVIL DINOSAUR seems to like MOON GIRL just fine, but a guy’s got to eat! What are New York’s newest tourists, THE KILLER-FOLK, going to do next? And when prehistoric thunder lizards roam Times Square, a whole lot of shakin’s goin’ on!

The first issue of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by writers Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, and artist Natacha Bustos was entertaining and fun. What stood out most was the main character Moon Girl, a young African-American girl who’s too smart standing out in her class and irritating the teachers. A new character lots of kids could relate to, and one we haven’t really seen. The first issue itself was entertaining, but something was missing.

This second issue continues from the first with Devil Dinosaur on the run with Moon Girl in tow. that’s a majority of the comic, which features lots of destruction and Moon Girl attempting to figure out what Devil Dinosaur wants. That action, and how it’s presented convinces me the series has an audience in mind, younger kids, and my guess is they’ll enjoy this second issue (and series) a lot.

The comic is light and goofy, and that’s not a bad thing at all. This is a comic aimed squarely at kids, and it’s presentation will probably deliver. I enjoyed it myself in a way, and appreciate it for what it is.

Part of that fun is due in part by the art of Bustos who presents everything in a way that ups the humor. The details of the destruction, Moon Girl’s reactions and frustrations, it’s all solid work where the art matches the tone. The presentation later in the comic for The Killer-Folk is a bit silly, and it’s not clear why they think they need to dress up, not to mention the clothes feeling like something out of the 90s. Leaving them without dress would up the “scary” factor a bit, because as is, I can’t take them seriously.

The second issue is fun, though has a bit of trouble standing on its own. The series still has lots of potential and a niche that’s really needed in the comics world.

Story: Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder Art: Natacha Bustos
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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