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Black whiz kid becomes Marvel's latest female superhero

BLACK GENIUS: Lunella Lafayette AKA Moon Girl with her T-rex bestie

MARVEL HAS unveiled it's latest comic book superhero - a black pre-teen genius.

The comic book giants revealed their new superhero, Lunella Lafayette, who goes by Moon Girl.

Lafayette is a new take on a 1978 Marvel comic Devil Dinosaur that involved the adventures of a red Tyrannosaurus Rex and a young caveman-like boy known as Moon Boy.

Today, Lafayatte may take over the Moon-child role but there’s nothing cave-ish about her. The new Moon Girl is a black pre-teen whiz kid.

Entertainment Weekly reported Moon Girl will be similar to an inspector gadget, but even more clever due to her “unpredictable alien DNA.”

Emily Shaw, assistant editor, told Entertainment Weekly that the character's brain "works a little differently than all of the other kids her age".

"That idea of feeling sort of isolated and on your own during that very early time of life we thought was really compelling, and could really resonate with a lot of readers," she said.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur was brought to life when Marvel’s team of creatives realised they did not have many books and characters that appealed to all age groups. The unlikely duo of dinosaur and girl genius will seek adventures across the concrete jungle of New York City.

Shaw continued: "Generally, we're skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel.

“It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these, and it’s an honour to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape," editor Shaw added.

"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.”

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is set to reach shelves this autumn.

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