Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1

moon girl 1Today, Patrick and Spencer are discussing Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1, originally released November 25th, 2015.

“Hey Liz, how’s your telescope?”
“I don’t know Kelsey, how’s your mom’s pill addiction?”
30 Rock, “Reunion”
Patrick: By the time the third season of 30 Rock rolled around, the audience had grown used to Liz Lemon’s put-upon-nerd persona. It makes her a hyper competent underdog and immediately endearing in the world populated with sociopathic ego-machines like Jack, Jenna and Tracy. That’s what makes the set-up for the the episode “Reunion” so tantalizing – Liz plans to go to her high school reunion to prove to the people that used to bully her that she made something of herself. The problem, however, is that Liz was even more of a bully back to them, and whatever alienation she felt at the time was totally deserved. All of the jabs and jokes that she saw as self defense actually drove people away. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1 introduces us to the titular Moon Girl, and leans in to her outsider status, but may go too far, presenting her less like a misunderstood kid and more of a jerk.

Meet Lunella Lafayette.

lets see them reject this

She’s an undeniably bright kid — heavy-handedly indicated by the way she decorates her bedroom. She’s got a poster of Neil Degrasse Tyson sandwiched between posters of satellites and the solar system (and all behind her lava lamp). That’s just one wall. There basically isn’t a wasted inch: everything in this room insists that Lunella is a bright, special kid. Well, almost everything. Artist Natacha Bustos includes an insert panel of the notices on Lunella’s cork board from the various Marvel Universe Super Schools that have rejected her. Right from the first page, we’re already meant to be asking “hey, why is this little girl having a hard time being accepted?” But that blanket fort seems to offer an answer, albeit an incomplete one. She just works too hard – that’s something we should celebrate, right?

Maybe not. When she’s late for school, Lunella flips a switch, transforming her shoes into roller skates. My first though was that this transformation looks insane – like those wheels just magically appear.

SKATES

Where do those wheels come from?! My second thought is that this isn’t a particularly innovative invention. We already have shoes that turn into roller skates, they’re called Heelys. And then my final thought — and this is one that the writing staff of Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder want to express as well — is “that’s not very safe.” She can barely stay up, and she causes a traffic jam on her way to school. Her genius ideas aren’t very effective, smart or original.

Am I being too critical of a child? The next scene at school supports my claims. Lunella may have gotten into the classroom on time, but she’s still late to her seat. When the teacher tells her to sit down before she writes her a tardy slip it comes off as more justified than bullying. Further, Lunella’s kind of a shit in class, doing things like comically repeating “after me” instead of the words that come after “repeat after me” and trying to expose the ignorance of the curriculum. She’s asked to explain the theory of evolution, and instead nitpicks her teacher’s words, and rages against the idea that evolution is a theory.

Reeder and Montclare make it difficult to love this kid, but the world she occupies doesn’t make much more sense. I’ve read that scene in the classroom four or five times, and I still can’t really work out what the hell is happening. Lunella doesn’t answer the question and then the other kids start making fun of her, but not in any way that seems connected to what she’s saying. Apparently, right in the middle of class, one of her classmates erupts with a “whatever you say, Moon Girl” and they all start laughing at her. I suppose, to be fair, I should point out that the teacher starts this whole interaction by calling Lunella a “know-it-all.” No one comes out of this scene looking sympathetic.

While I’ve have a hard time with Lunella’s base-reality, it does make the comic-book-y conceit of “child gets a dinosaur” a lot more interesting than it would be otherwise. I don’t have a solid read on what Devil Dinosaur’s deal is — that flashback sequence is too mired in the politics of primate tribes to shed any real light on what he is how how he acts — but it is thrilling to consider how Lunella will use her new dino-pal to make some misguided decisions.

Spencer, what did you think of this issue? Are you more familiar with DD than I am? I saw an editors note that could have directed me to more information about the squabbles between the Small-Folk and the Killer-Folk, but then I realized I don’t care about that at all. Also, is it weird that Lunella thinks the biggest problem facing the world is that we can’t detect Kree?

Spencer: I don’t think the problem is that we can’t detect the Kree — I think Lunella’s Kree detector is searching for a solution to the problem, although even Lunella seems a bit unsure what the orb she tracked down actually does. As for this big problem, it almost definitely has to do with the Inhumans.

Inhumanphobic

Remember, the Inhumans were originally tampered with by the Kree and contain their DNA, tying them into Lunella’s mission. Montclare and Reeder are a bit vague with Lunella’s internal monologue, but it appears that she’s afraid of becoming an Inhuman — I’m not sure whether that’s just a general worry, or if she’s aware of having Inhuman DNA, but either way, I’d venture to say that Lunella’s big problem is people being transformed against their will by the Terrigen mist. That’s a fairly justifiable concern, but it’s muddied a bit on the next page when Lunella claims that her “brain is all the superpower [she] needs.” Is this just intense faith in her abilities, or some kind of stigma against superpowers? I’m curious to find out.

Anyway Patrick, you’re not wrong about both Lunella and the adults in her life coming across as unlikable at times, but I still think you’re being hard on Lunella. The only time her attitude legitimately bothered me was during her little rant about evolution, and only because she completely misunderstands the use of the word “theory” (which means something entirely different within the scientific community than it does everywhere else). A scientist would know that, and I’m not sure if we’re supposed to believe that Lunella, as bright as she is, doesn’t, or if it was a mistake on Montclare and Reeder’s behalf.

Other than that, though, I’m not bothered by Lunella’s behavior because she’s a child, and a rather young one at that; I can justify her snarky attitude a lot better than I can justify her teacher calling her a “know-it-all,” or her gym teacher shaming her and taking her possessions in front of the whole class, because she’s still a kid, while they’re adults who should know better. Hell, they’re teachers — they have a responsibility to rise above their students’ level. I know Lunella doesn’t make it easy — in fact, I know that many bullied kids bring it upon themselves in some ways — but that doesn’t justify their behavior.

Patrick’s not wrong about the quality of Lunella’s ideas either, but again, she’s a child. Roller-skate shoes may not be original, but how many elementary school-aged children have original ideas? Isn’t it impressive enough that she can build shoes that can literally grow wheels out of thin air? She’s in elementary school! As for the danger, well yeah, Lunella’s inventions can be dangerous, but that’s all the more reason why she needs some guidance. She’s got genius-level skill, but without guidance, she becomes a danger to herself and others. Lunella’s fallen through the cracks in terms of education, and none of the authority figures in her life have any idea how to handle her. That won’t turn out well for Lunella or anybody around her, and the lion’s share of the blame falls on the adults in her life who just don’t understand her — or don’t even attempt to.

Really, I feel like Lunella’s story is just her facing an almost endless series of indignities. The details may be a bit exaggerated, but that just makes this feel even more like an accurate take on a child’s perspective of childhood. Children really have no agency in their lives and little-to-no recourse if they’re wronged — moreover, every wrong feels like the biggest injustice in the world because of the heightened emotions of youth. No wonder they get so frustrated so easily! Throughout the issue I can see when Lunella’s purposely being difficult, but I can also understand why Lunella acts the way she does, and fully sympathize with her. Perhaps Lunella would be difficult to spend time with in real life, but as a protagonist, I’m thoroughly on her side (as long as we see her evolve and grow from here, of course).

Natacha Bustos’ art is a huge asset when it comes to building sympathy; while her and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s work is fun and lively throughout, it’s really with Lunella’s facial expressions that Bustos shines. C’mon, how could I not be charmed by this face?

Adorable Lunella

On the other end of the spectrum, Bustos perfectly captures the fear Lunella feels as she comes face-to-face with Devil Dinosaur.

Fear

Bustos clearly and effectively portrays Lunella’s emotions to the reader, allowing them to better empathize with her even in her more difficult moments. She also always keeps Lunella’s most childlike features forefront — be it her size, posture, or even her hairstyles — continually reminding the audience of Lunella’s powerless, fragile position in the world.

With that in mind, I think I’m getting a better idea of how Devil Dinosaur will fit into Lunella’s life. Obviously, Devil will be the best friend she didn’t realize she needed, and she’ll fill the Moon-Boy shaped hole in his heart, but Devil will likely also be her protector and advocate, in his own dinosaur-y way. Still, that isn’t going to fix all of Lunella’s problems. Perhaps her adventures with Devil will simply help her better handle her everyday life? I’m curious to see how their relationship will come together once they get a chance to truly interact.

As for the scenes set in the past, I agree with Patrick that I kind of glazed over all the rival-clan stuff — trying to establish both that society and Lunella’s life in the same issue is just too much to follow at once, and Lunella’s time-period is the easier of the two to connect with. The one moment that stuck out to me from that story, though, is Moon-Boy’s death.

Avenge me!

Lunella is a clear stand-in for Moon-Boy — right down to the moon on her shirt mirroring the shot of the moon in the sky in that second panel — but what caught my attention was the other parallel Montclare, Reeder, and Bustos seem to be drawing here. Just like Lunella, Moon-Boy has no idea what the Nightstone actually does, and Moon-Boy’s belief that the Killer-Folk possessing the Nightstone automatically makes it evil is similar to Lunella’s somewhat vague, perhaps irrational fear of the Inhumans. I’m not sure what to make of this observation yet, but it feels worth pointing out.

Ultimately, much of this issue is set-up — Montclare, Reeder, and Bustos have established Lunella, Devil Dinosaur, and their worlds, but we’ve yet to see their dynamic together, which is the series’ central premise. I can see why that might be frustrating to some, especially when many of these characters are still at a difficult stage of their development. I want to see more of what Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has to offer before passing judgment on it, but for now, I think issue 1 provides a firm foundation for the rest of the series to build on.

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13 comments on “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1

  1. Got to say, on the subject of Moon Girl, I’m on Spencer’s side. She is certainly bratty, but of course she is. She’s a ten year old girl stuck in a school where she is smarter than the teachers. Her being rebellious in class like that makes sense, and it also mkaes sense that the class bullies her back. A lot of bullying comes down to attacking differences, especially when that difference is presented in a visible way. So yeah, she is bratty, but I don’t think it affects her sympathy levels as it isn’t like we see it from everyone else’s point of view. The story is focused solely on her, and everyone else is wallpaper. Hard to even focus on the effects that her brattiness has on everyone else when the story is intentionally distancing us from it. Instead, the focus is heavily based on how alone she is, and how out of place she is, because she is so different. And that stuff, I connected to

    The problems come into how they deal with the Kree stuff. I read the announcement and know that she is Inhuman, and afraid of what happens when she grows up. But they don’t say that. They suggest it, but don’t build on it enough for us to understand exactly why what Luna is doing is, from her point of view, solving the greatest problem facing mankind. Would it have been so hard to talk about needing to collect Kree technology to learn about the Inhumans so that she can create a ‘vaccine’ to deactivate the inhuman gene? I would care a lot more about the Kree stuff then.

    And yeah, with the exception of Moon Boy’s death, the whole stuff in the past was boring, and the idea of cavemen being the villain for the first story doesn’t appeal much either. When one half of the duo is Devil Dinosaur, I want something a lot more threatening. Cavemen just aren’t fun villains for Devil Dinosaur to fight.

  2. Remember the Fockers movies? Ben Stiller? Struggling with the inlaws because he always has bad things happen, but upon further inspection, he’s always acting a dork and the cause of those bad things?

    I felt like that reading this. Aww, can’t get into the school you want? Get out of bed and go to your own fucking school and stop being a tool to your teachers. Gym teacher takes your stuff? You’re in gym class with a glowing bomb looking thing! He’s a tool, but so are you! Parents on your case? Well, how about being decent to them at the dinner table.

    Poor sad Lunella. A pretty big part of me hopes the dinosaur eats her and we get a heroine I can get behind.

    I agree with everyone else on the cavemen: Caveman tribal history in this format isn’t that interesting (or coherent). Give us our modern day child genius and friendly red t-rex please!

    • Seeing the response here is reminding me of the responses to similar characters. Now, everyone here are great people, from what I can tell, and what I am about to say is in no way supposed to be accusing everyone of being horrible racists/sexists. On the contrary, what is awesome about this site is that even as we sometimes have disagreements on the exact way of going about things, we actually manage to have a good, proper discussion about things like race and gender.

      However, the sad thing is that we often have these biases that we aren’t aware of. For example, many people can find themselves hypercritical of women or black people (and especially black women) just unconsciously. I’m just as bad as the rest of you. But just because of the world we have been raised in. If you want an example, the article I linked in the Dark Knight comments had a great example of interviewers asking the male stars of Paper Towns ‘WHEN they read the book?’ and Cara Delevingne ‘IF she read the book?’. They aren’t sexist, but are unconsciously asking a sexist question by suggesting that unlike her male costar, there is doubt about whether or not she read the book her movie is adapted from.

      With this in mind, have a look at Luna. Is she perfect? No. There is a reason I called her bratty. But I also don’t think anything she has done is that bad. I don’t think it is fair to say the reason that she can’t get into the other schools is because she is a disruptive student, considering that it doesn’t take half a brain to realize that all of this happens because she is an actual supergenius.. And yeah, is her actions partly responsible for the Kree artifact or whatever to go off? Yeah. But it also isn’t a particularly nasty thing. She’s just a dorky kid playing around with an invention in gym class instead of competing. This is all relatively normal stuff, and if you consider Luna’s actions in this comic to the actions of, say, Peter Parker or Tony Stark in their origin stories, Luna is practically a saint.

      Yeah, she’s a brat, and as part of her origin, a good portion of that stuff will be corrected as she learns her version of ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ (it isn’t a surprise that the girl who struggles to make friends is going to befriend her polar opposite, Devil Dinosaur). But I don’t think any one of us can say that Luna has done anything that bad. She isn’t perfect, but I don’t think anything she has done has reached the point of being unsympathetic. Would anyone have a problem with pre-spider-bite Peter Parker acting like this?

      Again, this isn’t calling you guys racist or sexist. You guys are all too cool to be either of those. Just wondering if you guys are unconsciously being a little hypercritical. I know I have the same problem (though sadly the nature of the problem means that I never notice when I’m like that, just aware that at times I am).

      • ” For example, many people can find themselves hypercritical of women or black people (and especially black women) just unconsciously. ”

        This definitely can be true. I almost brought up the same point. However, as someone who has spent the last 6 years teaching in minority heavy schools (as well as at a school that was 90% black), I’m pretty understanding of differences in culture. Also as a teacher, I’m acutely aware of how students should come in to class while late (not screaming, “I was in!”) (not screaming anything, really) and what students should do during group activities, even if they’re dumb.

        Now, the teacher is an ass, too. Bullying students, allowing other students to mock Lunella about her answer or clothes are all professionally deplorable. The entire school scene is an awful scene, (I believe) designed to show us how much Lunella struggles with school and how far advanced she is, but really showing that SHE is the disruptive force. No other student talks back until she disrupts class upon arriving, refuses to work as a group, says, “No,” to the teacher when asked to answer the question, then lectures the teacher (incorrectly, even) about the question. Finally the other students snap a second time and the insults come, but they are created, in this scene, by Lunella.

        Home is the same thing. Gym class – if one of my students had something that was glowing and looked alien, I’m pretty sure my professional response would be to call administration and have them handle it, and if I was outside like the gym teacher, I’d have to take it. It’s glowing green, common sense dictates the teacher needs to take the gamma infected item away from the kid… and then the teacher loses all credibility by going Harlem Globetrotter on it.

        But seriously, you just found an item with your Kree-Detector, and you whip it out during gym class? And you’re a genius?

        She wasn’t likable or all that smart about things. It’s not because she is female, black, or both. It’s because she did stupid and irritating things that hurt the classroom environment (in both science and gym). Now, the teachers acted like fools too, and maybe *that* is the point (I love stories about how it’s the teachers fault that the pain in the ass student isn’t getting what they want…). Would I forgive Peter Parker or Tony Stark easier? No, but I don’t recall reading any Stark in high school, and I don’t remember Peter Parker being loud or disrespectful to teachers. I’ll look it up. But part of Peter Parker wanted to fit in with the kids. Shoot, he kept asking the hot girls out. Lunella just wants to get in a ‘real’ school.

        If she was meant to be written as a sympathetic character, I think the writer failed.

        • As a guy who plays Dungeons and Dragons, me and my friends have a good way of describing this. The difference between Intelligence and Wisdom. Luna has high Intelligence, low Wisdom, which means even as she knows lots of stuff, she lacks the wisdom to realize that experimenting on an alien artifact during gym class is going to be a bad idea.

          And I wonder how much of this also comes down to you looking at the scene from the teacher’s perspective. We both saw her as a disruptive student, but I saw the scene about how poorly she fit into school, while you looked at her role in the class dynamics (also, I got annoyed with the whole ‘Evolution is not a theory’ thing, but I chalked that up to the fact that the average person’s definition of theory is very different to the layman, and a big reason that the debate on evolution has been so frustrating is that people just dismiss it as ‘just a theory’ and not understanding what a scientific theory actually is).

          And my stuff with Peter Parker and Tony Stark is that in their origins, Peter Parker was motivated largely by greed (and if we go into the original Amazing Fantasy comic, wrath, as he walked around going ‘I’ll show everyone’), while Tony Stark, basically, was heartless until he implanted a mechanical heart into his chest in a cave with a box of scraps. Peter may not have been a disruptive student, but it was only after ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ that he stopped being a jerk.

        • Humblebrag – let me go look at my Marvel Tales #1, the first reprint of Amazing Fantasy 15… and rather than belabor the point, I’ll cut to the chase. I’ve now reread Amazing Fantasy 15 and Moon Girl #1: They are far different characters in my eyes. I can see how one might say that Peter Parker was flawed (he let his greed and his anger cause him to make a dreadful mistake), but he seemed to have great relationships with teachers and family. Lunella doesn’t.

          All of this said: I’m glad we talked about this, because part of my original issue with this comic was I didn’t like the character much and was likely to give it a short leash because of that. I’ve changed my mind.

          I don’t like the character much, which matters, because I have to either like them or find something about them interesting, and I don’t, but a far greater problem than the character was the story itself. I just don’t think this was a well written comic book. *That* is why I’m putting this on my list of comics that I really want to like, but needs to show me something in this first arc.

          And, before I posted this I reread the comic again. It’s a poorly written comic book. Many others disagree. I’m finding favorable after favorable review. One review put it best I guess:

          “f you don’t adore Lunella immediately, then your enjoyment of this comic is going to be minimal at best.”

        • When I was talking about Peter’s negative traits, I was talking less about his relationship with his teachers, and more about lines like ‘Some day I’ll show them. Some day they’ll be sorry! Sorry that they laughed at me’, which sounds like pure Mad Scientist*. Peter may have been nice to his teachers, but if he was given the chance, he sounds like he would have sent Flash to the hospital. Except, instead, he took the greedy path, and we get the rest of Spiderman’s origin, where he does all sorts of other bad things until he learns his lesson. My point is less that Peter Parker is the same, but that Peter Parker did many bad things in his origin, and it felt like everyone wasn’t giving Luna the chance to have her own Peter Parker style origin. Especially considering Luna’s bad things is only poor interpersonal relationships and especially when we all know that next issue, she is actually going to make a friend with Devil Dinosaur, and therefore have to improve on her ability to relate to others

          Honestly, I’m with a very similar sort of place as you in my judgement of the quality of the comic as a whole, I just don’t think it has anything to do with Luna herself. It just isn’t a particularly well executed comic. Scenes work a bit too obviously, and never do anything special. My bringing this point up isn’t because I think you guys are wrong for not liking it. Just that for some reason, I felt people were being hypercritical on one particular aspect, to the point of being unfair, and I’m glad that I’ve got people to think, regardless of their final opinion. The comic has lots of problems, and I could write a lot more about it (the Kree stuff and the Cavemen are the worst, but I could talk a lot about the school as well), but this felt like something that wasn’t as big of a problem as people were saying it was (maybe I need to discuss the good old tangible details problem of analysis)

          Issue 3 has the Hulk in it, which is where I think this comic will really prove itself. The Hulk is a perfect ‘antagonist’, both because watching Devil Dinosaur and Hulk smash it out is exactly what I want from this comic, and because Luna having to talk Amadeus Cho down is the perfect proof of where the character is going. Of how they are going to approach her inter personal connection issues. I’ll see what I think after the Hulk story. THough you know what this comic is really missing? Characters like Zoe in Ms Marvel. Actual named people to show how Luna interacts with everyone, instead of faceless extras

          *of course it did, Marvel’s success was taking things like horror comics, that could no longer be published because of the Comics Code, and re-contextualizing it as a superhero story, and in doing so, turn it into a story that new and fresh

      • Subconscious bias is real, and a totally worthwhile subject of conversation, Matt. I do wonder if I’m experiencing any of that while reading this issue, but not necessarily for racial or gender reasons. Lunella is a specific brand of nerd that may not totally jive with the kind of nerd I always identified myself with – she’s strictly a science nerd. I figure I experienced a similar kind of ostracization for playing Magic and being in plays and stuff, but those are inherently more social pursuits than doing chemistry experiments alone in your bedroom.

        I didn’t mention it in the piece, but Lunella specifically calls out the fact that one of the popular topics of conversation she doesn’t care about is The Avengers. She’s almost the anti-Kamala Kahn in this regard. But also unlike Kamala, she’s just not nearly as likable. Kamala has an awkward, true-to-herself-at-all-costs sincerity, and while it doesn’t make her the most popular kid in school, her classmates do respond to that earnestness. In fact, of the other young Marvel heroes, Lunella reminds me most of Sam Alexander — especially as he’s portrayed in the first couple issues written by Jeph Loeb (from maybe 2 years ago?). They’re both brash, they both pick fights unnecessarily, they both feel like they’re too good for the situations that they’re in.

        I don’t know what to make of that math, from a subconscious gender/racial bias perspective. I’m going to keep poking around my feelings to see if I can turn something up.

        BUT ALSO: I don’t know if inherent likability necessarily makes one of these heroes (or the stories that feature them) “better” than the others. “Sweet, misunderstood kid gets a powerful friend” is kind of a tired plot, right? ET, Iron Giant, Neverending Story, etc. Why not give the kid who’s both misunderstood and kind of a jerk that some kind of power?

        • “I don’t know if inherent likability necessarily makes one of these heroes (or the stories that feature them) “better” than the others.”

          “Lunella reminds me most of Sam Alexander — especially as he’s portrayed in the first couple issues written by Jeph Loeb (from maybe 2 years ago?). They’re both brash, they both pick fights unnecessarily, they both feel like they’re too good for the situations that they’re in.”

          These things. As usual, Patrick is more eloquent than I am. Not only does she rebel, the air of “I’m too good for all of this!” comes shining through.

          I don’t know my thoughts on needing likable characters – I defended Where Monsters Dwell with vigor, even while others here were mortified by the reprehensible lead character (who ended up in misery by the time it was all said and done). But the fact that Ennis made Kaufman so unlikable drove some readers away. It endeared me to the comedy of his awfulness.

          I think a similar thing is happening here. I don’t find her nearly as awful as Kaufman, but I don’t find her as funny or the story as gripping. I’m not dropping the book, but it’s mostly because I loved Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur when I was 10 and I’m excited about the dinosaur, not because of the lead character. Or, upon a lot of examination of this story now, the writing. I really don’t think it was well written. The flashbacks to Moon Boy did nothing for me, the school scenes rang false to me, and her “must find Kree-stuff” passion was poorly explained. I think all of those things bothered me more than the lead character was kind of a jerk of a kid.

          It’s possible I focused too much on the kid and not enough on how the rest of it didn’t appeal to me in my original comments.

          I really want to like this comic. I don’t think this was a strong start.

        • Of course likability isn’t the most important thing. In fact, the obsession of having characters be likable is something that is a real problem, as it is often used to mkae things too safe. But the twitter sidebar says ‘Is Lunella sympathetic, or kinda a jerk? Maybe both? We discuss’, while kaif jokes ‘Poor sad Lunella. A pretty big part of me hopes the dinosaur eats her and we get a heroine I can get behind’ and I’m looking at the comic and struggling to see how this has become the major question in the comic. I will certainly admit that Luna is bratty, and disruptive. But it does feel like we are being too critical. Luna feels like the exact sort of character I would expect in this sort of tale. In fact, if I was going to raise a big question about Luna, it would be more ‘Do we need another ET, Iron Giant style character?’.

          I guess the point is that this discussion on whether she is a jerk seems odd to me, as nothing about Luna seems that different to every other story in this vein.

          Also, just want to thank you all for disagreeing intelligently. What is awesome abut this site is that we can make legitimate attempts to explore things like out unconscious biases without getting angry

  3. “…you know what this comic is really missing? … Actual named people…”

    Yeah. This. Great point. I didn’t even think about this, but I agree. There are reasons why this could be lacking, but given my other feelings on this comic, it probably would have helped quite a bit.

    • There are issues, like the rival clan stuff being terrible and the refusal to discuss Lunella’s Inhuman nature yet meanng that we don’t actually understand why she is digging around for Kree artifacts, but yeah, that is the big issue. We need a Flash Thompson or Zoe Zimmer to act as antagonists for Lunella, and as much as I don’t like him, something closer to Bruno (not a friend, as Lunella explicitly doesn’t have any) to act as a class mate who isn’t a bully but also doesn’t connect with Lunella. Or just a teacher with an actual name, that will stick around n the supporting cast. Doesn’t need to fill any specific trope, just needs named characters for Lunella to fail to interact with. That will mean a lot more than the generic classroom

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