The 5 Greatest 'Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur' Stories
Flip through a list Lunella Lafayette's most captivating tales!
The Smartest Person in the Universe (AKA Lunella Lafayette (AKA Moon Girl)) and her ol' pal Devil Dinosaur have been in the news recently, so with the world cavortin' and conversatin' about our favorite residents of New York's Lower East Side—sorry, Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben—we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a look at some of their most impressive exploits!
Lunella has had some serious adventures for a hero her age, and she’s worked with her dino friend to save the world more than once. So what are Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur's greatest stories so far? Let's find out!
Reuniting Ego and Illa
One of Lunella’s early adventures in space involves reuniting Ego the Living Planet and his daughter, Illa the Living Moon.
Due to the nature of their orbits, the two had been unable to interact for must of Illa’s life, and she feels starved for attention from her father. Illa struggles with abandonment and isolation, and Lunella’s reaching out is a turning point for her. But it's also a significant experience for Lunella’s own personal growth; being the smartest person around is an awesome thing in a lot of ways, though it can be difficult for Lunella to relate to others at times. By forging a connection with Illa, and helping her reestablish her connection with her father, Lunella begins to learn more about the importance of opening up to others. And when we see them reunite in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (2015) #23, it’s an important moment for all involved.
Basically, Galactus is a herald to Omnipotentis—just like the Silver Surfer is, in turn, Galactus' herald. Though, whereas Galactus consumes planets, Omnipotentis consumes universes.
A Super Skrull uses a de facto Omniwave Projector to open a doorway to an antimatter universe, through which Omnipotentis can cross into their own universe. In MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (2015) #30, Lunella convinces Galactus to fight off Omnipotentis while she, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm, and Devil Dinosaur shut down the projector and close the portal.
This story arc is pretty major for two reasons. First, Omnipotentis is an enormously powerful villain, so for her to defeat this enemy is a pretty big deal. Also, this is the storyline in which the four heroes come together to form a new configuration of the Fantastic Four, and while Lunella tends to believe she can handle crises best on her own, working with the others to stop Omnipotentis shows her that sometimes it’s a good idea to ask for help.
Joining the Secret Warriors
With Evil Cap and his Secret Empire making things awful for pretty much everyone, Quake assembles the SECRET WARRIORS (2017) to fight his Hydra hordes—and the team consists of Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Karnak, Magik, and Lunella.
What’s important about Lunella’s participation in the SECRET WARRIORS series is that she has the chance to connect with other Inhumans, something she had not had much of an opportunity to do up until that point. (She'd met Kamala previously, but only briefly.) Getting to spend this much time with others like her is an important experience for a character who often feels like an outsider. And what’s more, it’s her first appearance as a co-star in a book other than her own, and it allows her to up-level her involvement in the wider Marvel Universe.
Interacting with Kid Kree
Mel-Varr is often a thorn in Lunella’s side, and irritates her to no end. In MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (2015) #12, Lunella learns that his annoying behavior is his way of acting out his growing crush on her. It’s a familiar concept, but rather than falling into the trap of swooning over her admirer once she learns his real motivations, she upholds her boundaries and turns him down. At the same time, as she learns more about his struggles, she demonstrates compassion for him, while remaining true to her own feelings.
Encountering the Terrigen Mist
Lunella’s adventures begin with her encountering the Terrigen Mist, which activates her Inhuman genes and forges her connection with Devil Dinosaur.
Going back to MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (2015) #1, we see Lunella terrified of her Inhuman genes, and she definitely doesn’t want them to be activated. Lunella sees her intelligence as her superpower and wants to pursue a career in science, without what she views as the burden of being an Inhuman. But she can’t outrun the mist forever, and when her genes are finally activated, she’s understandably freaked out. But over the course of the first story arc, she learns that she’s capable of so much more when she embraces all of who she is. It’s a powerful lesson in self-acceptance that serves as the catalyst for Lunella’s journey into life as a Super Hero.
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