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As part of Brian Michael Bendis' new imprint for young heroes, Wonder Comics, fan favorite Mark Russell brings his unique brand of humor and satire to the Hall of Justice's two newest interns: Zan and Jayna--Wonder Twins! 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 As part of Brian Michael Bendis' new imprint for young heroes, Wonder Comics, fan favorite Mark Russell brings his unique brand of humor and satire to the Hall of Justice's two newest interns: Zan and Jayna--Wonder Twins! 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 normal awkward young adult. 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 personality. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again--this book takes the form of the unexpected! Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made--when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics. Collects Wonder Twins #1-6.


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As part of Brian Michael Bendis' new imprint for young heroes, Wonder Comics, fan favorite Mark Russell brings his unique brand of humor and satire to the Hall of Justice's two newest interns: Zan and Jayna--Wonder Twins! 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 As part of Brian Michael Bendis' new imprint for young heroes, Wonder Comics, fan favorite Mark Russell brings his unique brand of humor and satire to the Hall of Justice's two newest interns: Zan and Jayna--Wonder Twins! 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 normal awkward young adult. 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 personality. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again--this book takes the form of the unexpected! Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made--when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics. Collects Wonder Twins #1-6.

30 review for Wonder Twins Vol. 1: Activate!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Mark Russell comes along and turns yet another old cartoon (See The Flintstones and Snagglepuss) into a great comic, entertaining you while also commenting on society. The Wonder Twins originated on the Super-Friends as basically Donnie and Marie Osmond with powers. Russell reinvents the twins as alien refugees, going to high school while interning with the Justice League. It's a fun, goofy book while taking looks at the American prison complex and racial inequality. The main villains are the Mark Russell comes along and turns yet another old cartoon (See The Flintstones and Snagglepuss) into a great comic, entertaining you while also commenting on society. The Wonder Twins originated on the Super-Friends as basically Donnie and Marie Osmond with powers. Russell reinvents the twins as alien refugees, going to high school while interning with the Justice League. It's a fun, goofy book while taking looks at the American prison complex and racial inequality. The main villains are the Legion of Annoyance, the junior league Legion of Doom. Stephen Byrne's art is gorgeous. I love his smooth, clean lines and eye-popping colors. This is basically everything Squirrel Girl should be, but is not. Fun and irreverent with gorgeous visuals.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Zan and Jayna, exiled from Exxor, come to Earth to fight crime as... The Wonder Twins! Like a lot of people my age, I watched the Super Friends on Saturday mornings as a kid and the Wonder Twins were way better additions to the team than Marvin and Wendy. When I saw DC was finally launching a Wonder Twins series, I had to give it a read. It exceeded all expectations. In these six issues, the Wonder Twins struggle to fit in at high school and work as interns at the Hall of Justice, battling the Zan and Jayna, exiled from Exxor, come to Earth to fight crime as... The Wonder Twins! Like a lot of people my age, I watched the Super Friends on Saturday mornings as a kid and the Wonder Twins were way better additions to the team than Marvin and Wendy. When I saw DC was finally launching a Wonder Twins series, I had to give it a read. It exceeded all expectations. In these six issues, the Wonder Twins struggle to fit in at high school and work as interns at the Hall of Justice, battling the League of Annoyance and fighting the hardest battle of all: understanding Earth. Stephen Byrne's art does a great job at evoking memories of the Wonder Twins on the Super Friends show while still seeming modern and fresh. The coloring is also very well done, not overdoing the computer effects and feeling cartoony without being overly garish. Mark Russell's writing is what sold the book for me, though. The irreverent, cynical tone made for some hilarious moments but also some powerful, almost sad ones. Russell satirizes today's media culture all too well. The Wonder Twins are greatly fleshed out in this volume, going from vaguely Asian aliens resembling Donnie and Marie Osmond to much deeper characters. I don't really know what else to say without giving away too much. Wonder Twins: Activate is a smart, fun, cynical, bleak, hilarious book. Five out of five space monkeys.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    That Mark Russell guy, he really knows how to write them comics. I'm not familiar with any previous iterations of Wonder Twins, but it doesn't matter because this book is not really about them — it's all about deconstructing the superhero medium in a very subtle yet powerful way. This is the comic book story that for once genuinely made me side with the nominal villain, root for his plan and feel bummed when the goddamn superheroes inevitably save the day in the end. It's such a sharp, funny yet That Mark Russell guy, he really knows how to write them comics. I'm not familiar with any previous iterations of Wonder Twins, but it doesn't matter because this book is not really about them — it's all about deconstructing the superhero medium in a very subtle yet powerful way. This is the comic book story that for once genuinely made me side with the nominal villain, root for his plan and feel bummed when the goddamn superheroes inevitably save the day in the end. It's such a sharp, funny yet bitter story about real people and their struggles in a superhero-dominated world where superheroes don't really do anything meaningful to help them, and while it's not a novel idea in itself, Russell makes his point very effectively and convincingly. It's yet another triumph of an incredibly talented and criminally overlooked writer (although the whole Second Coming debacle may finally bring him a lot more well-deserved attention), and every comic book fan should pick it up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glen Farrelly

    I'm so old that I remember first encountering the Wonder Twins when they started way back when on the Saturday morning cartoon series Super Friends. (One of the few superheroes originating in tv). At the time I was really little so I found Zan and Jayna to be fun and I loved their space monkey, Gleek. All these years later, I have spent years knocking my wedding ring together with my wife and saying "wonder twin powers activate"! I even taught my wife that she pretty much had to be either an I'm so old that I remember first encountering the Wonder Twins when they started way back when on the Saturday morning cartoon series Super Friends. (One of the few superheroes originating in tv). At the time I was really little so I found Zan and Jayna to be fun and I loved their space monkey, Gleek. All these years later, I have spent years knocking my wedding ring together with my wife and saying "wonder twin powers activate"! I even taught my wife that she pretty much had to be either an eagle or elephant as that seemed all Jayna turned into (probably so the animation studio could save money). After the Super Friends, I had rarely seen the Wonder Twins over the years except some rare cameos (more like easter eggs) here and there, such as a recent Teen Titans Go episode. They pretty much survived only to mock how dorky they were in the first place (which I thought was unfair). So I was excited to see this collection and picked it up for nostalgia's sake. This was clearly aimed at teens and tweens rather than aging Gen Xers such as myself. Nonetheless, it was much better than I thought it would be. It's funny with some good adventure too. I would have liked it more if I was the target age, but they still through some bones to the old dogs such as myself.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    It's funny how a comic about two joke characters can make you think about and feel things you'd never thought possible before, but here's Mark Russell doing just that with the Wonder Twins. Framed from Zan and Jayna's perspective, the Wonder Twins embark on a series of tales that put them into conflict with the League Of Annoyance, a Z-List Legion of Doom officiate that instead makes the characters navigate life, the universe, and everything in between on their journey to become better It's funny how a comic about two joke characters can make you think about and feel things you'd never thought possible before, but here's Mark Russell doing just that with the Wonder Twins. Framed from Zan and Jayna's perspective, the Wonder Twins embark on a series of tales that put them into conflict with the League Of Annoyance, a Z-List Legion of Doom officiate that instead makes the characters navigate life, the universe, and everything in between on their journey to become better superheroes, and better people besides. Throw in Stephen Byrne's beautful artwork (seriously, the things this guy does with colour are just next level), and Wonder Twins is a winner. The only thing I guess I wasn't a fan of is that it all seems to be gearing up for a big finish, but then kind of flatlines the ending because the series got extended; I feel like maybe if the book had been two six issue mini-series rather than one long twelve issue one, it might not have had the false finish. Still, hardly a problem, just an observation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Mark Russell does it again, like the Flintstones, talking about social issues while making a extremely entertaining adventure. Who are the Wonder Twins? Well shit if I know. I think I've seen a old cartoon with them or heard them in passing when I was a kid. I dunno. It doesn't really matter. Basically they come to earth after being exiled from their own planet and have to get use to earth. This opens up issues about prison, politicians, dating, friendzone, and more. All while also being a fun Mark Russell does it again, like the Flintstones, talking about social issues while making a extremely entertaining adventure. Who are the Wonder Twins? Well shit if I know. I think I've seen a old cartoon with them or heard them in passing when I was a kid. I dunno. It doesn't really matter. Basically they come to earth after being exiled from their own planet and have to get use to earth. This opens up issues about prison, politicians, dating, friendzone, and more. All while also being a fun little DC adventure about brother and sister taking down the Syndicate of Annoyance! (Real name). Overall, super entertaining. It doesn't talk down to you but with you on subjects you all heard of. I especially enjoyed the issue on Prison and of course the one on dating and how everyone takes it different ways. Those were easily the two best issues. The art is super fun and adds a lot of humor and even buckles down on the darker moments well. While some of the subject matter can be on the nose, most of it works. This is super entertaining and well worth the read! A 4 out of 5.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    There is no denying, to my knowledge anyway, that the old Super Friends cartoon show is the butt of a lot of jokes (many of the deserved). Its not like DC hasn't tried to use these characters before, but it never seemed to work. Then in walks Russell who did some excellent work on DC Hanna-Barbera Line before it was dropped. He comes to close to writing the leads as teens in high schools (had one, so I've glimmer into what that is like). But more importantly... He creates antagonists about who I There is no denying, to my knowledge anyway, that the old Super Friends cartoon show is the butt of a lot of jokes (many of the deserved). Its not like DC hasn't tried to use these characters before, but it never seemed to work. Then in walks Russell who did some excellent work on DC Hanna-Barbera Line before it was dropped. He comes to close to writing the leads as teens in high schools (had one, so I've glimmer into what that is like). But more importantly... He creates antagonists about who I as a reader cared about. I mean what would the "heroes" do if the villain's plan was to actually make a better world? (read as digital floppies)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

    Mark Russell shows an incredible talent for bringing old animated characters to new life in comics and using them as figures for sharp social satire, first with The Flintstones and Snagglepuss, then The Lone Ranger, and now the Wonder Twins. Russell’s book begins with a familiar fish-out-of-water premise wherein the twins, Zan and Jayna, are exiled from their home planet and sent to high school on Earth where they also intern with the Justice League. But within a couple of issues, Russell’s Mark Russell shows an incredible talent for bringing old animated characters to new life in comics and using them as figures for sharp social satire, first with The Flintstones and Snagglepuss, then The Lone Ranger, and now the Wonder Twins. Russell’s book begins with a familiar fish-out-of-water premise wherein the twins, Zan and Jayna, are exiled from their home planet and sent to high school on Earth where they also intern with the Justice League. But within a couple of issues, Russell’s satire takes on long-standing assumptions of superhero comics and their surprising parallels to the US prison-industrial complex. While I shouldn’t have been surprised, since it is Mark Russell’s MO, I didn’t see that coming. This is now among my favorite ongoing books from Marvel and DC. (Read in single issues)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ramon

    Fun, genuinely funny, and then adds a dollop of darkness, too, in showing the origin of what could be a kick-ass villain. Russell's satire is sharp as ever, and Byrne's art is nice and lively. Also refreshing: that this wasn't one long padded arc, but a series of shorts with a running arc underneath. Nice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scratch

    I don't know how I feel about this graphic novel. I have never read anything with the Wonder Twins before. I'm aware that they're ridiculous characters originally introduced in Super Friends. I have read their Wikipedia page a few years ago. And I know that a couple of alien characters on the cartoon Justice League Unlimited were modeled after Zan and Jayna. Still, this volume left me a little cold. I get that in the DC universe there are already SO MANY superhumans and aliens running around, of I don't know how I feel about this graphic novel. I have never read anything with the Wonder Twins before. I'm aware that they're ridiculous characters originally introduced in Super Friends. I have read their Wikipedia page a few years ago. And I know that a couple of alien characters on the cartoon Justice League Unlimited were modeled after Zan and Jayna. Still, this volume left me a little cold. I get that in the DC universe there are already SO MANY superhumans and aliens running around, of course it is possible that these alien twins could just openly enroll in public school as themselves. Normally that would be ridiculous, but at this point, it is just barely believable in a universe that has its own Gorilla City. But the character development wasn't really there. Zan was kookier than his sister, acting like a cross between Sokka, from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Spock. Most of the time we were doing that thing where we laugh at the ridiculous male character while his sister was the sensible one. But, A) that wasn't always consistent, B) his sister had NO personality other than being more sensible than her brother, and C) there was at least one instance where Zan's kookier personality resulted in him displaying unusual wisdom and emotional maturity for a high schooler. I liked how with this "Wonder Comics" imprint geared toward younger readers the Justice League is only present on the periphery, and they are acting more like themselves than they ever did during New 52. (At least, I assume, since I skipped New 52 altogether.) But part of why they seem like themselves is because they barely have a presence in the story at all. They're too cameo to display unusual personalities. Disliked how Zan's power was supposedly useless, but in practice, he has control over his ability to turn into water. He is basically the same as Hydroman in Marvel comics. Whereas his sister can shapeshift into animals, and she was just... okay? She didn't seem to have any trouble controlling her powers, but she also didn't use them that much, and when she did it was brief and unremarkable. She interacted with Beast Boy in this volume, and for all that they have nearly identical powers, they didn't even really use them around each other. I found myself more underwhelmed by Jayna's powerset more than Zan's, because at least Zan was capable of surprising the reader by turning into conscious steam or ice. Probably my least favorite part of this story was the inclusion of the League of Annoyance. For all that these villains were clearly meant to be joke characters, now the DC universe is stuck with the existence of a vampire called "Drunkula." And the fact he was once pictured with a room full of dead bodies seems like an inappropriately serious moment that was not properly handled in an otherwise comedic comic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Wow, I am so impressed! I need more stars for this book! Wonder Twins has suddenly become my favorite series this year. Behind its naive look, there are some important issues address like opportunities, addiction, jail, inequity, racism, and they do get to the point. And as if Mark Russell’s fun writing wasn’t enough, the art by Stephen Byrne is just flawless. I hope this series doesn’t get overlooked because it’s a jewel and it needs to be discovered. Its fun takes me back to the old Justice Wow, I am so impressed! I need more stars for this book! Wonder Twins has suddenly become my favorite series this year. Behind its naive look, there are some important issues address like opportunities, addiction, jail, inequity, racism, and they do get to the point. And as if Mark Russell’s fun writing wasn’t enough, the art by Stephen Byrne is just flawless. I hope this series doesn’t get overlooked because it’s a jewel and it needs to be discovered. Its fun takes me back to the old Justice League, way back when Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatties used to write it, but trust me, it’s not just about empty jokes. On the plus side (as if the narrative wasn’t gorgeous already), Zan and Jayna are such an adorable pair. Young kids with their hearts just in the right place. Oh, and don’t get me started on the League of Annoyance... I feel loooooove! I couldn’t recommend it more. *Read in single issues.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    What if I told you that a comic starring two joke characters from Super Friends was the best comic I've read all year? What if I, further, told you that this comic is both funny and touching? And what if I, even further, told you that this comic sharply satirizes corporate hegemony and asks questions about what constitutes justice on a deeper level than most superhero comics? Would you read it? Well, I am telling you that. If you like comics, this is for you. It's a bonus if you know who Zan and What if I told you that a comic starring two joke characters from Super Friends was the best comic I've read all year? What if I, further, told you that this comic is both funny and touching? And what if I, even further, told you that this comic sharply satirizes corporate hegemony and asks questions about what constitutes justice on a deeper level than most superhero comics? Would you read it? Well, I am telling you that. If you like comics, this is for you. It's a bonus if you know who Zan and Jayna are, but if you don't, this is still great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Fizza

    1.5 STARS - DC's attempt at capturing the Ms Marvel & Spider-Gwen demographic is as shameless as it is lame... I wanted to like this book and, every once-in-awhile it did exude a burst of charm but in the end it was bogged down with bad storytelling and mediocre dialogue. RECOMMENDATION: Put simply it's the MARVEL Rising of the DC Universe... so read at your own risk.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

    This was really fun! •I really liked the messages of the story. •The art was gorgeous! •The super powers were so well laid out. •twinssss This wasn’t my favorite super hero story, but I do plan on reading the next volume.

  15. 4 out of 5

    James Perez

    Wonderful political satire wrapped in a super friends bow

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Fun! Zan is basically Hank Venture.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    Satire powers, activated.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Persephone

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roni

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin Williams

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Staats

  22. 5 out of 5

    Simon J.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Rose

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Reeve

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victor

  29. 5 out of 5

    Philip Cosand

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly

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