Runner Up: Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #1, by Amy Reeder
Amy Reeder’s cover is a study in contrasts, starting with size. Moon Girl’s entire body fits within the lower left quarter of the image. Devil Dinosaur is so big in comparison that all we see of him is his face, leaning down in the frame from the top right. He stares down at her, and she leans forward, eyes closed, like she’s about to kiss him on the nose. This is a book about a huge monster and a little girl being friends, and the cover gives us that immediately.
This issue is Moon Girl’s first appearance, but the visual cues on the cover tell us a bit about her. Big glasses, big backpack, khaki shorts, gym socks pulled up — Moon Girl is, to put it bluntly, a nerd. Devil Dinosaur, on the other hand, is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In fact, to those of us who’ve been around comics for a while, he’s recognizably the same red T-Rex who Jack Kirby created.
New character and Kirby creation. Nerd and dinosaur. Little girl and giant monster. And they’re friends. Who wouldn’t want to read what’s behind this cover? [Elle Collins]