Wonder Twins #3

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

The (mis)adventures of Zan and Jayna continue in Wonder Twins #3, and this series continues to be Wonder-ful (not even sorry about that pun.)

After a <quote> successful <unquote> first mission in issue #2, issue #3 gives us a perfect blend of action, character development, and plot development. Zan is pretty much just Zan, but Jayna meets a new friend who will probably destroy her in the school science fair, before having an alien heart to alien heart with Superman. There’s also a remarkable amount of backstory to Gleek, which is a pleasant surprise.

The League of Annoyance returns, and are out for retribution for their fallen associate, Drunkula (Sorry, Baron Nightsomethingorother). It’s pretty hard to take The Legion of Doom’s “farm team” even remotely seriously, which is pretty well the point. These are some of the worst “super” villains you will EVER meet. The one potentially competent villain of the group is no match for the budget bumbling of the rest of the team. They are the perfect counterpoint to the inexperience of The Wonder Twins.

Mark Russell gives us some incredible moments in this issue, both touching and comedic, but he closes the issue with one of the most poignant speeches I’ve read in a comic in a long time (Solstice 2017 to be exact). I’m not exaggerating when I say that this may be the best DC title I’ve read in decades.

5 out of 5, and I can only think of one other title I’ve given that rating to.

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