After 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette accidentally brings a crimson Devil Dinosaur from a parallel reality into present-day New York City via an energized dimensional portal, they team up to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. Moon Girl was created by writers Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder and artist Natacha Bustos. The character first appeared in Marvel Comics Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (November 2015).

Diamond White is Lunella Lafayette / Moon Girl, a gifted 13-year-old girl who lives a double life as a superheroine and bored student solving Rubik’s cubes behind her back for the amusement of her more annoying classmates.

Fred Tatasciore as Devil Dinosaur, a red Tyrannosaurus accidentally brought to present-day New York City. Expressive and comical, Devil Dinosaur needs no words to keep you laughing. Wait until you learn his real name…

Lunella’s family owns a well-respected skating rink in the Lower East Side of Manhatten, and is the source of Lunella’s near superhuman skating aptitude.

Alfre Woodard is the pie-slinging Mimi, Lunella’s grandmother. Armed with a keen eye, Grandma appears to have peeped her granddaughter’s game from the start.

Sasheer Zamata is the rink’s manager, Aria Lafayette, Lunella’s mother. Loving, generous and sharing paleo-tech with her daughter in an effort to connect to her.

Jermaine Fowler is James Lafayette Jr., Lunella’s father, who fancies himself the idea man in the family. Gary Anthony Williams as Pops, Lunella’s grandfather, who is a legend on the skating rink circuit.

Libe Barer is Casey Calderon, Lunella’s PR manager and best friend of Puerto Rican and Jewish ancestry, and the only one who officially knows her identity as Moon Girl.

This first episode was full of frenetic energy, pop music, and dynamic art which moves through the story seamlessly, sometimes talking to us, and sometimes giving us back story, but always geared toward making you laugh. The episode’s villain is no less than out of work DC character, Live Wire.

No wait, this is new Marvel creation, Aftershock played by Alison Brie. Aftershock’s secret identity is Ms. Dillon, an energy vampire and a substitute teacher capable of terrible puns and armed with formidable powers.

Eagerly anticipated, the first episode of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur was GREAT fun. The newly repurposed Devil Dinosaur (who was originally created by Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Devil Dinosaur ; April 1978) steals every scene he can. The slow buildup and character development helps us empathize with the young heroine and her saurian sidekick. This is family entertainment featuring a character trio that are witty, snappy, and smart.

Outstanding work.

You will be able to stream the first six episodes on Disney+ on February 15. The first two are on YouTube, and you can watch them here for free.


You can read more about it on my page at Medium: There is a new super-genius on Marvel Earth: Lunella Lafayette.


Thaddeus Howze
Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California.
Thaddeus’ speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, ‘Hayward’s Reach’ (2011), a collection of short stories and ‘Broken Glass’ (2013) an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram.