Mind Capsules – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2 and Spider-Woman #2

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

Writer – Brandon Montclaire, Amy Reeder
Artist – Natacha Bustos
Colours – Tamra Bonvillain
Letters – VC’s Travis Lanham

The day had started out normally for Lunella, or at least as normal as they ever are, what with her being smarter than everyone around her. That did not last very long though as a Kree device called the Omniwave Projector made itself known and brought along a group of primitive men called the Killer Folk and Devil Dinosaur from the distant past along for the ride into Lunella’s present. All that remains, at least for the moment, is trying to stay alive and not get eaten, shot by the police, smashed into a wall or possibly stepped on by Devil. Marvel continues to surprise and delight with many of its new titles, including this one by Brandon Montclaire, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos. With only promotional artwork to go off of for the longest time, to finally get this book in your hands and find out that it features everyone`s favourite big red dinosaur in a well-written and well-drawn story was pretty fantastic. While Moon Boy is missed, and there is nothing saying that he cannot turn up later on in the series, Lunella Lafayette has turned out to be a lot of fun and a very intriguing character all her own. The Omniwave Projector should make things a little complicated for our new heroine, especially if it starts opening more portals to the past as one giant dinosaur running around New York is more than enough.  What will be interesting to see, once the business with the Killer Folk is taken care of, is what will happen to Devil, and if he should stay in the present with Lunella, just how is she going to take care of him? There are a ton of questions that need answering, though with it being an all-ages book, most of them are probably things we do not really need to be worried about. The best thing to do is to simply go along for the ride and enjoy every minute of it and so far, the creators of this book are making it very easy to do with smart writing and incredible artwork.

4 out of 5

Spider-Woman #2
Spider-Woman #2

Writer – Dennis Hopeless
Artist – Javier Rodriguez
Inker – Alvaro Lopez
Colours – Javier Rodriguez
Letters – VC’s Travis Lanham

Dennis Hopeless keeps the laughs coming as Jessica Drew, everyone’s favourite, pregnant Spider-Woman, is being held hostage at the Alpha Flight hospital by a bunch of Skrulls. Being thirty-six weeks with child and being held against her will, Jessica is in a surprisingly good mood and while she would like to leave the rescuing to Carol, who is more commonly known as Captain Marvel, she finds it too hard to resist not to beat up on some Skrulls, pregnant or not. You have to give Dennis Hopeless a lot of credit because he has turned Jessica Drew from a somewhat static hero into a really dynamic person. Spider-Woman has always been a good character in all of her incarnations, but she was always quite similar to all of the other ‘serious’ superheroes as well. With the previous series, and now this current one, Jessica has an actual personality and it is wonderful to see. What is even more hilarious about everything is that she now finds herself getting into much more trouble than she ever did before and it is the trying to get out of it that really brings the funny. Though most of this can be attributed to Hopeless, it would go nowhere without a talented penciller at the helm and that is where Javier Rodriguez comes in, not only defining Jessica’s new look but giving her and the world she inhabits a distinctive makeover. What is most interesting about this book is the mention of Alpha Flight once again and a brief glimpse of Sasquatch.  They have been mentioned a few times here and there in Marvel’s new titles and the fact that it is being done so means that there are bigger plans in play for the Canadian heroes.  Though all of the Spider-books are at the top of their game right now, most of them anyhow, it makes it really hard to decide which one is better than the other. Each offers its own distinct flavour, yet there is something special about this book and its heroine and the fact that you eagerly anticipate every issue tells you that the book is doing everything right.

4 out of 5

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