Mind Capsules – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 and Aquaman #48

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3

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

The Killer Folk, who have come forward in time to claim the Nightstone or the Kree Omni-Wave Projector as it is also known, have captured Lunella and the object they so desperately want. Decidedly bad for the Killer Folk though is the fact that Devil Dinosaur has also come forward in time and has made friends with Lunella and nobody hurts Devil’s friends. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder craft an incredibly fun story that finds everybody’s favourite prehistoric monster tossed forward into a time that is not his own, without Moon Boy to accompany him. It is lucky for Devil that he has found a friend in Lunella then, even if she is a little angry with him for losing the Omni-Wave Projector. It is the very same object which she also wanted so that she might finally prove that she was as smart as anyone else in the Marvel Universe as well as possibly stop her Inhuman gene from manifesting, the latter more so than the former. With some really dazzling and lighthearted artwork from Natacha Bustos, Lunella’s adventures come alive, though due to making the news, her parents have now clamped down on her social activities making for a very sad Lunella. Things start to look up when an opportunity presents itself for Lunella to save the day, but it ends with the arrival of the Totally Awesome Hulk and who can say what will happen next. Of late, Marvel has been making more all-ages books featuring characters that have not had a series in a long time. Devil Dinosaur is just such a character and thanks to Secret Wars and the willingness on Marvel’s part to expand their fan base. For older fans, it is fantastic to see one of Jack Kirby’s greatest creations return to print and for those new to the character or to Marvel in general, it is great to see something a little different that does not feature the usual capes and cowls. It will be pretty interesting and a lot of fun seeing what Reeder, Montclare and Bustos have in store for our new heroine as well as finding out just what will happen to Devil in this modern age.

4 out of 5

Aquaman #48
Aquaman #48

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Vicente Cifuentes
Inker – John Dell, Juan Castro, Vicente Cifuentes
Colours – Guy Major
Letters – Tom Napolitano

Cullen Bunn’s story arc involving the King of the Seas culminates with this issue and thankfully it ended on a strong note. The book started out with promise with a plot that was taking Aquaman in a new direction, one that was fresh and would take him where he had never gone before. Yet events would conspire to shorten Bunn’s new take and so after a few bumpy issues, the book ends with everything returning to status quo with Aquaman saving the day, beating the bad guys, and getting the girl with everything tied up nice and neat as Bunn exits the stage and very little having changed. The artwork was a lot better this issue than it has been of late and it suits the story perfectly and by the end of the book you have to wonder just where Aquaman can go next as over the course of the title’s life, the book has had a lot of exciting stories including this one. For those that enjoyed this particular tale and with Dan Abnett coming on board, whatever happens will have to be pretty good to live up to all that has come before or at least for the two issues before it starts over with a new number one and also if it should include anything that Bunn introduced. Time will tell as they say, but as for this issue, it was good, but it could have been great if things were different.

3 out of 5

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