feature: meet moon girl (aka lunella lafayette) – marvel comics’ new heroine

August 17, 2015

Meet Moon Girl! Marvel’s New Superhero. Launching this fall is Marvel’s next comic series ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ and its leading lady is a black pre-teen super genius named Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl (described by Entertainment Weekly as a “female Inspector Gadget” with“unpredictable alien DNA”. The new series is a reimagining of Jack Kirby’s 1978 comic ‘Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur’, now set in New York City as opposed to an alternate universe. Artist Natacha Bustos (the creator of Moon Girl) states: “It’s great to be a part of the creation of something which can mean something special to so many people […] I myself have come up against this dilemma (I’m half Afro-Brazilian and half Chilean besides being Spanish) of finding few or no cultural references, especially in Spain, a country where there isn’t any community comparable to the African-American community in the States”. Bustos adds, “For decades now, we have seen more independent publishers taking a gamble on diversification, but always within the underground scene […] It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these, and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape. A greater number of readers are looking for characters they can identify with, and above all, with the aim that any reader, whatever their background or lifestyle, is capable of transcending their own identities to see themselves in a mirror of entertainment for 20 or 30 minutes without any difference.” See some images below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor