Jonathan Luna (born December 10, 1978) and Joshua Luna (born January 9, 1981), professionally known as the Luna Brothers, are American comics artists. They have created three series together: Ultra, Girls, and The Sword, and provided art for Marvel Comics' Spider-Woman: Origin.
Although early in their career they shared both writing and art duties in their work, their collaboration evolved to the point where, after writing plots together, Joshua primarily scripts the dialogue, and Jonathan does all the art.
The Lunas prefer to concentrate on female characters such as Spider-Woman, Red Sonja and their own creations, Ultra, Girls and The Sword, explaining, "Women are beautiful, smart, and strong, and we like to work on characters like that. It’s also fun to see women do amazing things like jump over buildings."
The Lunas were born in the United States to Filipino parents. Their earliest interest in comics were through publications like Mad magazine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Uncanny X-Men, and in particular, creators such as Mort Drucker, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Adam Hughes. In their teens they were enthusiastic fans of fellow Filipino comics creator Whilce Portacio, and his creation, Wetworks.
The Lunas attended Savannah College of Art and Design, where they earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Jonathan graduated in 2001, and Joshua in 2003. Their interest in the comic medium was reignited when they noticed works such as Garth Ennis's Preacher, which inspired them to work in mature genres other than superheroes, as typified by the material published by Vertigo Comics.
The Luna brothers sent Ultra to Image Comics publisher Erik Larsen as a blind submission, which consisted of a synopsis and five-page sequence. Image published Ultra as a miniseries between 2004 and 2005.
Girls was also published by Image and ran, between May 2005 and April 2007. In October 2007, the brothers put out a limited series, again for Image, called The Sword. Joshua Luna began a solo project, Whispers, at Image in January 2012. Similarly, Jonathan Luna pursued his own project for Image with fellow writer Sarah Vaughn in their series Alex + Ada, released in 2013.
The Lunas have expressed a preference for working on their own creations, but have stated that if given the opportunity, would like to work on Superman, Supergirl, Batman and Spider-Man. Joshua has also expressed an interest in one day writing movie screenplays.
In 2006, a pilot episode was made for a proposed Ultra television series. The pilot was produced by Barbara Hall. It featured Lena Headey as Ultra (renamed Penny Penalosa) and Peter Dinklage and was directed by Helen Shaver. While CBS and the CW expressed an interest in the series, neither decided to carry it.
Lakeshore Entertainment is developing the film adaptation of The Sword with David Hayter writing the film's script.
Jonathan Luna has expressed an appreciation for horror works such as The Walking Dead, The Descent and I Am Legend. The Lunas have also cited TV shows such as True Blood and The Sopranos as inspirations.
Early in their career they shared both writing and art duties in their work, as seen in the first several issues of Girls, which they have described as a transition point in their collaborative process. Today, they both collaborate on plots, but Joshua primarily scripts the dialogue, and Jonathan does all the art.
When illustrating their work, Jonathan Luna uses 14 x 17 Strathmore bristol board, which he cuts into 11 x 17 pieces on which to draw. He draws using a 2H pencil, and after inking his pencils with a Micron pen, he edits his line work on a graphics tablet.