Cultural representation is so important. It always has been important, and it’s something that people of color have been trying to implement into their everyday media intake for quite some time, and thanks to Marvel, we’re taking another stride in the right direction. One of the biggest names in comics is taking a refreshing spin on their publication to introduce their newest ‘Inhuman’: a black, pre-teen, female genius by the name of Lunella Lafayette.
The comic will be called Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Its aim is to capture what it’s like to be a young, black genius and how that ultimately means fitting in won’t come easy, which is why Devil Dinosaur (a red tyrannosaurus rex that emerged in Marvel comics over 30 years ago) comes to be an unlikely best friend for Lunella.
Lunella isn’t the first person of color to grace the Marvel Comic Collection, as she sits alongside Miles Morales (a Spider-man rendition), Sam Wilson (Falcon), and Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel). However, she is the first, to be purposely marketed toward younger readers, as writers of this particular series have stated that they wanted to allow the younger generation someone diverse and heroic that they could relate to.
As a fan of comics for a little over a decade now, I have to say that I’m a bit jealous of the youth. I would have killed to have more exposure to black girls in literature that related to me. But I’m also excited to know that steps toward improvement are being made. I look forward to getting an issue (or ten) and channeling my inner dorky Lunella in the near future.
Just think, some people out there thought the term Black Girl Magic was just a hashtag.