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Review: Wonder Twins #1

Wonder Twins #1

Growing up as a child of the 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoons was my jam. I remember waking up at 06:00 a.m. just because I wanted to be up early enough to catch all my favorite shows. I remember watching shows like Real Ghostbusters and Looney Tunes, two of my favorite shows. I could care less how many times I saw the same episode, just as long as it was my favorite show.

Another one of those shows I relished was Super Friends. It introduced me to characters I would not normally read about in comics. I read Batman, and knew of Superman, and Aquaman. The characters I never heard of but instantly fell in love with were the Wonder Twins. In a brand-new comic by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne, Wonder Twins, we get a whole new spin on this classic team.

We meet Zan and Jayna, as they try to navigate teenage angst at Morris High School, where Zan is unsurprisingly honest and Jayna is painfully shy. They also have to work monitor duty at the Justice League’s Hall Of Justice, as they are completely misunderstood by some of the League including Wonder Woman. As we find out that Superman has a relationship with their father, who brought the siblings to Earth as a favor. By Issue’s end, the Twins start to get used to the trappings of Earth including adolescent humiliation, as their connection to the Justice League is cemented a bit more.

Overall, Wonder Twins #1 is one of the best new books to come from DC Comics in the last few months. It’s both fun and enlightening. The story by Russell is funny and relatable. The art by Byrne is eloquent and vivid. Altogether, an interesting first issue to a series which already delivers on its promise.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Stephen Byrne
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Second Coming Looking for a Second Publisher as Vertigo Cancels Before Publication

DC Comics has reached out to retailers and has canceled the Vertigo series Second Coming before the release of the first issue in March.

Writer Mark Russell Tweeted:

He said there’s already other publishers interested.

Artist Richard Pace followed up to Russell’s Tweet agreeing with how the two were treated.

Though a reason wasn’t given, it may be due to pressure over complaints from religious circles including a petition signed by over 227,000 individuals. The series was called “inappropriate and blasphemous” due to its use of Jesus Christ.

Written by Russell with art by Pace, the series followed the return of Jesus Christ who becomes roommates with the super hero Sun-Man. Jesus is “shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

The series was to debut March 6 and Russell has written numerous religious explorations and is a master at intellectual exploration and satire.

Thankfully it sounds like the series will be rising from cancellation.

This is the latest black eye for Vertigo which was rocked by a previous scandal over the series Border Town whose writer was accused of abuse which led to its cancellation and the returnability of previously released issues.

Second Coming

Review: Wonder Twins #1

Wonder Twins #1

Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they’re even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan’s brash confidence and Jayna’s shy but streetwise persona.

Since it’s announcement, I’ve been excited to check out Wonder Twins #1, part of Brian Michael Bendis’ line of Wonder Comics. With Mark Russell writing, to say the expectations were high going in to it is an understatement. And, maybe due to those expectations and Russell’s past brilliance, the first issue falls a bit short.

Russell is a brilliant satirist and whatever he writes, there’s usually some winks, nods, and humor to it. Wonder Twins, a high school set series with two superheroes at the center is a perfect set up. But, that set up doesn’t pay off. Instead we get an introduction to these characters and the setting with a few laughs and an end punchline that feels like it could have come out of a back-up story. And that’s much of what the comic feels like, a back-up.

The issue is focused on Zan and Jayna and their attempts to fit in. Jayna is rather shy, though we don’t really see it, we’re told. And Zan is a douche. He attempts to be cool and we know how well that’ll go. Expecting a send-up of John Hughes-ish stories, instead we’re given a fairly straightforward story with little conflict or emotion to make it interesting.

There’s some jokes that hit but overall the issue is a rather flat piece of entertainment. We’ve seen what Russell can do and this should be a contemporary Prez, a smart take on modern teenagers, an example of his past brilliance.

One of the best jokes is provided by artist Stephen Byrne who does a good job of telling the story visually. Though, what’s presented again feels off with little personality. It’s as if the Wonder Twins are at Riverdale High School. Much like the story itself, the design of the characters and especially the other students feels generic and lifeless. Beyond one particular joke, the best details are the looks given when Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman get together.

The lettering by Dave Sharpe stands out as it’s used to emphasize some moments and really set the tone. You can almost hear the taunts presented through the lettering.

The comic isn’t bad in any way but it also doesn’t engage in any way either. There’s jokes sure, but where this could be Clueless or John Hughes with two superhero leads (potentially smart commentary), we get a bland classic Archie story with the Wonder Twins. This is a case where the Wonder Twin powers fail to activate.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Stephen Byrne
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy wit a FREE copy for review

Preview: Wonder Twins #1

Wonder Twins #1

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they’re even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan’s brash confidence and Jayna’s shy but streetwise persona. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again-this book takes the form of the unexpected.

Wonder Twins #1

Finalists for the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Announced

Dwayne McDuffie

The five finalists for this year’s Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics have been announced. The selection committee consisted of nine comics and animation professionals who personally knew and worked with Mr. McDuffie and/or have demonstrated a serious commitment to his vision of excellence and inclusiveness on the page and behind the scenes, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Jennier de Guzman, Joan Hilty, Jamal Igle, Mikki Kendall, Heidi MacDonald, Kevin Rubio, Geoffrey Thorne, and Will J. Watkins.

The winner will be announced live at an awards ceremony at the Long Beach Convention Center on Friday, February 15 at 7:30pm PT and serving as the closing ceremony of the 2019 C3: Comic Creator Conference. Phil LaMarr will return as the Master of Ceremonies.

Below are this year’s nominees. Congrats to all:

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol.5) #1

Red Sonja (Vol.5) #1

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Frank Cho (D), Cosplay (E)
“Seduction” (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner, (RI-B/W), Frank Cho (RI-B/W), “Seduction” (RI-B/W), Joe Jusko Painted Sneak Peek (RI)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA.

MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan) bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation.

Red Sonja (Vol.5) #1

Preview: The Lone Ranger (Vol.3) #4

The Lone Ranger (Vol.3) #4

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: John Cassaday (A)
John Cassaday (RI-B/W), John Cassaday (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The walls close in around Tonto and The Lone Ranger as the ranchers hire Connor, the deadliest man in the West, to kill the troublesome pair. From MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and BOB Q (James Bond Origin).

The Lone Ranger (Vol.3) #4

Red Sonja Unleashes Her Seduction Cover Variants from Bob Q!

Red Sonja

Dynamite has announced an ongoing set of “Seduction” variants for every issue of the upcoming Red Sonja series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths…sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.

Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob’s cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order Red Sonja #2, by Mark Russell and Mirko Colak, in the March 2019 copy of Diamond’s Previews.

The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner, Joseph Michael Linsner, Christian Ward, Frank Cho and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.

Preview: The Lone Ranger #3

The Lone Ranger #3

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: John Cassaday (A)
John Cassaday (RI-B/W), John Cassaday (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Through trickery and guile, Tonto and The Lone Ranger foil the evil ranchers’ land grab, forcing them to turn to the deadliest bounty hunter in the west— a fop, a dandy, and a cannibal named Connor.

Preview: DC’s Nuclear Winter Special #1

DC’s Nuclear Winter Special #1

(W) Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Phil Hester, Mark Russell, Mairghread Scott, Others (A) Cully Hamner, Phil Hester, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Yasmine Putri, Others (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $9.99

The holidays are tough enough as it is, but when you’re living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (or, you know, 2018) the world can seem bleaker than ever. So do yourself a favor this holiday season, break out your best eggnog and enjoy 10 all-new stories featuring the World’s Greatest Heroes, including looks at the futures of Batman, Superman and the Flash, as well as many more denizens of the DC Universe.

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