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Review – Wonder Twins #3 (DC Comics)

Wonder Twins #3 (DC Comics) variant cover(detial) by Dan Mora
Wonder Twins #3
Overall
7/10
7/10
  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 7/10
    7/10
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Summary

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 10, 2019

Taking down Count Drunkula has put the Wonder Twins on the League of Annoyance’s radar. Now they launch a counterattack against the heroes. Plus Gleek the circus monkey joins the team!

“A Monkey’s Uncle” Wonder Twins #3

The Wonder Twins, Jayna and Zan, completed their first official mission in the previous issue. But taking down Count Drunkula has irked the League of Annoyance, and with a new member, they may be a force to be reckoned with! Okay, probably not, but the Wonder Twins aren’t the greatest heroes, either. With the League of Annoyance outnumbering the Twins, it is time to even the odds. Zan’s new pet circus monkey, Gleek, should do the trick. But will Gleek help out our heroes in Wonder Twins #3?

Writing

Wonder Twins #3 (DC Comics) main cover by Stephen Byrne
Wonder Twins #3 (DC Comics) main cover by Stephen Byrne

Mark Russell starts to build up a little ongoing narrative/storyline in Wonder Twins #3. The League of Annoyance is becoming a foil for the Twins and, again, is played up for some good laughs throughout the issue. I do like that we have this little ongoing story now; it gives the story a little “grip” to it and the characters. 

Russell is having a lot of fun with the League of Annoyance; he writes the different characters extremely well. They all have this goofy quirkiness to them that is great. He almost has a Superior Foes of Spider-Man feel to the team. Actually, that wouldn’t be a bad idea, to have Russell write a League of Annoyance book.  

Russell does give Wonder Twins #3 some heart to it and a little different “message” from the first two issues. It was a nice little change of pace. The story, though, still doesn’t hit as hard as the first issue. It is still funny and poignant, but everything doesn’t feel as solid or as crisp as in Wonder Twins #1.

Art

Stephen Byrne continues on art duties in Wonder Twins #3. He has been the artist since the first issue, so, not much change. Again, his style fits the story and Russell’s writing superbly well. It is not my personal favorite but you cannot deny it works for the story being told. Byrne draws a great Gleek the circus monkey. He also does some great facial expressions throughout the issue.

Byrne does get some good “timing” off his sequential work. As Wonder Twins is a comedy book, the jokes also have to work with the art for good timing and effect, which can be extremely difficult in the sequential art world. Byrne does a good job of catching that “timing” with his artwork to set the joke up, or for it to land with the characters’ expressions or actions.

Conclusion

Wonder Twins #3 is another solid entry into the series. If you liked the past two issues you will enjoy this one. I liked that the story had a little heart to it and a good message at the end. It changed up the story dynamics a little bit, while still being very goofy at some points. It has some good laughs and is thought-provoking at the same time, something that Russell excels at. Then again, it is not like I was clamoring to read Wonder Twins or would say it is a must-buy, either. It is good, but then again, after reading it, nothing stands out that much either.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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