Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wonder Twins #12 Review

Kiss My Asterisk

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19th, 2020

It’s the end of the series that probably should have ended six issues ago, and there are supposedly some loose threads to tie up. Like what will happen to Polly and Filo Math. And… other stuff maybe. Activate form of review reader and let’s check out Mark Russell’s Wonder Twins #12!

The book opens with the Twins letting the Maths crash at their pad, and lamenting the hardships Polly and Filo are enduring. This is kinda hard to swallow, seeing as how Filo sold his soul to work for Lex Luthor and Polly damn near sent the planet into hysteria with the Scrambler. Maybe I should join the Cynical Club that Jayna mentions soon after during morning announcements at the school, but the way those little facts about the Maths get ignored by the Twins and Mark Russell since they did help save the world from Colonel 86 (one of Filo’s inventions, mind you) are bothersome.

After school Zan and Jayna head to their job at the Hall of Justice, only to be confronted by the heroes over their recent “unauthorized activities.” #ImWithSupes, but Jayna’s impassioned speech during this scene isn’t without merit. It’s Russell’s best writing in the issue— more make you think about the other side than hit you over the head with unrealistic idealism.

The book could have concluded on that note and been impactful, but instead, we get retreaded ridiculous villains and a sappy forced ending. There is a Wonder Twins activate moment, some Gleek, and Stephen Byrne’s art to keep things interesting, but not enough to overcome the largely dull padding throughout.

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Twins #12 is a microcosm of what did and didn’t work with the entire series. For every light “Nobody tases my monkey!” moment there is an off-putting school shooting poster in the background. For every (and there weren’t many) Wonder Twins being heroic moment, there’s a criminal getting a free pass. Though Stephen Byrne’s art was a positive constant, Mark Russell’s hit-or-miss satire held the issue and series back.


1 comment:

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