Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: Head of the Class

The Marvel Universe comes second to none in the realm of ridiculously smart super folks running around, punching bad guys and saving the day. However, as we have learned in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, a relative newcomer now stands at the top of the heap: nine-year-old Lunella Lafayette!

Of course, we don’t expect you to just take our word for that, so before issue #14 hits on December 28, we talked with MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR writers Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder about how their heroine feels about some of her “competition.”

Tony Stark
“For a guy who’s so smart, he sure gets himself in a lot of trouble! That’s overly simple—but as smart as she is, you have to remember Lunella only has the worldliness of a nine-year-old. In that naivety there’s a confidence that only she can discover the very best way to change the world.”

Reed Richards
“It was fun while it lasted.”

Doctor Doom
“He never liked being second banana to Mr. Fantastic—now that he’s third it will really blow his mind.”

Hank McCoy
“She loves him! First, because he’s furry and blue and therefore lovable; second, she respects that he’s dedicated his mind to mastering the X-gene on top of being an adventuring super hero. Understanding the effects of Terrigenesis on Inhuman DNA is still a major goal for Lunella.”

Amadeus Cho
“She loved to dismiss Amadeus’ claims of being the Eighth Smartest Person. She said it was dubious and irrelevant. But that was before he called her #1! Now that she’s recognized in the top position, I think she’s a little obsessed with where everyone else ranks.”

T’Challa
“It’s a big world full of big brains and Lunella has barely been north of 14th Street. So Black Panther and the high technology of Wakanda seem impossibly far away.”

Hank Pym
“Lunella wishes she had a box of Pym Particles to sprinkle on Devil Dinosaur. Shrinking him down to the size of an action figure would make it much easier to keep him out of trouble.”

Bruce Banner
“She never got to meet the Incredible Hulk, but there’s a strong connection. Lunella tops the list by solving his “unsolvable” legacy invention: the Banner B.O.X. They have a lot in common. While anger doesn’t transform her into a raging green monster, she does have trouble controlling her incoming adolescent emotions.”

Lunella continues to strut her smarts in MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #14, available December 28 from Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, and Natacha Bustos!