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Preview: Wonder Twins #5 (of 6)

Wonder Twins #5 (of 6)

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The much-talked-about and always-topical take on the Wonder Twins continues from irreverent and witty writer Mark Russell and artist Stephen Byrne, who captures both the humor and the heart of the siblings, exiled to Earth and interning for the Justice League. A battle royal between minor-league heroes and villains ends in tragedy and a horrifying revelation, teaching the world the true price of not taking people seriously. Always-hopeful Zan and cynical Jayna confront how circumstance (more than intent) often determines who’s labeled a hero or villain.

Wonder Twins #5 (of 6)

Preview: Wonder Twins #4 (of 6)

Wonder Twins #4 (of 6)

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: May 08, 2019
SRP: $3.99

From the writer of two of the most critically acclaimed DC Comics of all time (THE FLINTSTONES and EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES), it’s a mind-bending new look at DC’s new alien teen sensations…the Wonder Twins! It’s spring and love is in the air-even for the Wonder Twins!-as they try to adjust to life on Earth and as interns for the Justice League. After Jayne makes an impressive showing at her new school’s science fair, the twins both get dates that don’t go as planned but the bigger threat may come from Jayne’s best friend Polly Math, daughter of reformed villain Filo Math.

Wonder Twins #4 (of 6)

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)

Super-Articulate: Back to DC

After a few straight weeks of Marvel Legends, it’s time to pivot back to DC. Mattel’s DC Multiverse distribution has been spotty in my area; you can find the Aquaman movie figures, but good luck with just about anything else right now. However, I did acquire a Vixen.

DC Multiverse Vixen: This is another straight-up solid sculpting job from the folks at Mattel. What I’m most impressed by is the fact that they were able to capture the look of the hairstyle that Vixen wore in Justice League of America (which was a fun book, now dead). I know I wasn’t the only fan of that title, as a number of Multiverse figures were drawn from that particular Rebirth run (Lobo, The Ray, the forthcoming Black Canary, Vixen). As such, Vixen is sporting the costume from that run, as well. It’s just a figure with overall good presentation.

Vixen comes with one accessory; in this case, it’s a translucent purple eagle that’s mean to replicate the visual from the comics when Vixen accesses one of her animal powers. Going with the bird makes sense because it’s a power that she uses often and it’s small enough to be an easy pack-in. I like the look of the accessory, although I would have liked a stand or some kind of attachment with it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m sad to see Multiverse go at the end of this year after it really got on track. It would have been nice to see this group of sculptors get to the JSA and the Legion after the fine work they’ve done on the League, the Titans, and the Batman family. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

DC Multiverse Vixen

Imaginext DC Super Heroes Blind Bag Series 6:One DC expression that Mattel gets to keep is the Fisher-Price housed Imaginext line. The current series went with some excellent and crazy choices. There’s Zan and Jayna (the Wonder Twins), Superman-armor Luthor, Dr. Fate, Catman, and The Signal (Duke Thomas). My boys and I have only found two so far, so we’ll go ahead and take a look at Zan and Signal.

The Signal is Duke Thomas, one of the Robins from the We Are Robin series. Duke became more involved in the official Bat Family and received his own individual costume and codename. Signal comes packed with a pair of ninja kama. Imaginext has really upped their sculpting game in the past few years, and the Signal is a good example of that. While the bodies are frequently basic with (admittedly  great) paint jobs, the heads are increasingly unique. This has a good look overall and the vibrant yellow stands out.

Zan and Jayna are no-brainers for a line like this. Zan looks like a decent adaptation of his cartoon self; no real surprises. The best thing is his accessory. As you know, Zan can change into forms of water, and would regularly be carried by his bird-form sister in a bucket. So, of course, Zan comes with . . . the bucket. And the water has his face! Yes, they actually did that. Major kudos, Fisher-Price. Major.

The Imaginext line remains a terrific kids’ focus line, though I know more than a few adult collectors that like to display them as well. While this line-up seems to be a little bit harder to find, these two indicate that their commitment to DC is still in good form.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Wonder Twins #2

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!

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

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The weekend is almost here and we absolutely need it to catch up relax a bit! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the week day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – LGBTQIA Victory in Kansas Library – Some good news.

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Wonder Twins #1

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
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