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Preview: Wonder Twins #3 (of 6)

Wonder Twins #3 (of 6)

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: Apr 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Exiled from their homeworld and still trying to adjust to life on Earth as normal teenage high school students and interns for the Justice League, Zan and Jayna find themselves attacked in their own home by the League of Annoyance. Now separated and unable to use their amazing powers of transformation, the twins find themselves forced to rely on Zan’s new pet monkey Gleek for help-but does the plucky purple primate even like his new owner enough to give a monkey’s butt about these young heroes?

Wonder Twins #3 (of 6)

Review: Mera: Tidebreaker

DC Ink is here with its first release, Mera: Tidebreaker! Mera is on a mission for her independence (and to kill Arthur Curry). The YA graphic novel is by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores on April 2! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.


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Get a First Look at DC Zoom and DC Ink’s Titles Debuting Fall 2019

DC announced today new details surrounding its young reader imprints—DC Zoom and DC Ink—and revealed first looks at titles scheduled for release in fall 2019. DC Zoom is focused on readers ages 8-12 while DC Ink is focused on readers 13+.

DC has confirmed on-sale dates for the highly anticipated releases as well as early looks at the graphic novels. All are available for pre-order now.

DC Zoom (ages 8-12):

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez


DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (June 4, 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska


DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (August 6, 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte


SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (September 3, 2019)—written by Art Baltazar and Franco and Illustrated by Art Baltazar


THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID (October 1, 2019)—written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs


DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH (October 15, 2019)—written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat


BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (November 5, 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee


SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION (November 5, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez


DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS (January 7, 2020)—written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying


GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (January 21, 2020)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong


DC Ink (ages 13+):

MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2, 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne


UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 7, 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart


TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo


HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (September 3, 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh


BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (October 1, 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose


Preview: Wonder Twins #2 (of 6)

Wonder Twins #2 (of 6)

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

After being exiled from their homeworld, alien, shape-shifting brother/sister duo Jayna and Zan take on the traditional Earth custom of a high school field trip…to a local LexCorp prison? If they’re being honest, their after-school assignment from the Justice League is what they’re really looking forward to: taking on vampiric menace Drunkula, a villain from the League of Annoyance! And what’s this guy the Scrambler up to, anyway? Plus: Gleek debuts!

DC Inks Mera: Tidebreaker Gets a First Look Trailer

The highly anticipated young adult publishing line, DC Inklaunches April 2, 2019 with the release of Mera: Tidebreaker, and DC has released an exciting new trailer for the upcoming graphic novel.

Known for her acclaimed re-imaginations of well-known characters in the bestselling series Dorothy Must Die and Stealing Snow, Danielle Paige brings her signature storytelling to the DC universe in her first graphic novel, transforming one of DC’s most popular characters into a fiery teenager who may look like a princess but is no one’s damsel in distress.

Paige is joined by fan-favorite artist Stephen Byrne, whose most recent credits include DC’s popular Wonder Twins series, part of the Wonder Comics imprint curated by bestselling writer Brian Michael Bendis. David Caledron provides the beautiful colors.

Mera: Tidebreaker is an empowering and timely coming-of-age tale for today’s teen, exploring such powerful themes as female equality, activism, social justice and self-discovery.

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her father and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown.

When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution? Mera is forced to choose between following her heart and her mission to kill.

Mera: Tidebreaker

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

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

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Preview: Wonder Twins #1

Wonder Twins #1

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
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

Preview: Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Zack Whedon, Chris Roberson
Artists: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Stephen Byrne
Colorist: Laura Martin, Loren Kindzierski, Wes Dzioba,
Letterer: Michael Heisler,
Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the second of two Firefly Legacy Editions. Collecting all previously released Serenity comics in an all-new value-priced format, no fan can afford to miss this official follow-up to Joss Whedon’s (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) critically-acclaimed film Serenity, collected in one place for the first time!

The ‘Verse is on the brink of war, and Captain Mal and his crew are on the run from an old, unstoppable foe. With the crew scattered to the far ends of the ‘Verse, it’ll take quite a gamble to pull them back together . . . but when the chips are down, never bet against Captain Malcolm Reynolds!

Collects Leaves on the Wind #1-6, “The Warrior and the Wind” from Dark Horse FCBD 2016, and No Power in the ‘Verse #1-6.

Firefly Legacy Edition Book Two SC

NYCC 2018: DC Reveals Details on Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics Imprint including Young Justice!

At New York Comic Con 2018, DC Comics publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee hosted a “Meet the Publishers” panel to kick off the show. There was lots of news including the first details of releases from Brian Michael Bendis‘ imprint Wonder Comics, his personal curated line of teen-focused, in-continuity comics. They’re scheduled to debut in early 2019.

The line will be anchored by the return of Impulse (Bart Allen) and Superboy (Conner Kent), teaming up with Robin (Tim Drake) as the nucleus of an all-new Young Justice, which Bendis will write with art by his Action Comics partner in crime, Patrick Gleason. As a tease for his Saturday evening spotlight panel, Bendis also announced the rest of the first wave of titles:

  • Naomi, which Bendis will co-write with David Walker, featuring art by Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Twins, written by Mark Russell with art by Stephen Byrne
  • Dial H For Hero, an updated take on the Silver Age classic series from the team of writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones

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