Updated: Jan 24, 2020
WONDER TWINS #1
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Comics
If you would have told me 6 months ago that I would have picked up a Wonder Twins comic book, I would have said you were crazy. If you would have told me I would love it, no way. Well, I did pick it up and I did love it.
WONDER TWINS is the latest release in Bendis' Wonder Comics imprint over DC. Just like YOUNG JUSTICE and NAOMI before it, it was an absolute delight and highly entertaining. Mark Russell took a somewhat cheesy concept and brought a sense of humor and wit that immediately puled me in. While our main characters Zan
and Jayna have recently arrived on Earth, we get to see them acclimate to their new environment. This instantly make the book accessible to people who may not be familiar wit these characters. The scene with Zan explaining "thunderlust" was hilarious, it's humorous stuff like this that makes me love Russell's scripts.
While this book is new reader friendly there is definitely a sense of nostalgia to the book as well. These characters originated on "SuperFriends" as did the Hall of Justice. So of course it was only fitting that these two would become interns at the Hall of Justice. Superman explains to Batman and Wonder Woman, as well as us the readers, why Zan and Jayna have come to Earth. He brought them here for reasons that haven't quite been explained. As he tell tells them Zan and Jayna's power set, Wonder Woman delivers perhaps the best line in the comic.
After an embarrassing moment for Zan at school, Jayna tells the League and we get to hear embarrassing moments that Superman and Batman had in high school. Once again Russell's comedic brilliance shines through, Batman's nickname was Bee Gee, haha amazing.
You can't have a fantastic comic without great art to accompany an amazing script. Well Stephen Byrne blew me away. From his page layouts to his bright color palette, it was a beautiful book all around. His expressive faces helped bring every comedic moment to life perfectly.
Once again it looks like we have another hit from Mark Russell. He made me care about characters I otherwise wouldn't even give a second glance. Stephen Byrne was phenomenal and I can't wait to see what else he has in store. Wonder Comics has put out amazing books with great creators and this is just another example of why this imprint is so special.