Back in the 70s, I outgrew the Super Friends show pretty quickly. When I was watching it, the kid sidekicks were Marvin and Wendy, with their Wonder Dog. I was long gone by the time the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, showed up.
So, as a result, I never cared much for the duo. Zan’s power, to become water, had to be one of the lamest, which also didn’t help. I have noted, with amusement, the various incarnations of the Wonder Twins that have made it into the comics over the years, none of which really clicked.
So as you might guess, my expectations for this book were low. Very low. Like, below zero low.
And yet, as I started reading this, I wound up laughing out loud only a few pages into it. And I dare you, if you have not read it, to get through the Thunderlust stuff without cracking a smile.
In this series, the Wonder Twins are still from the planet Exxor, and have moved to Earth. One the one hand, this series is about immigrants learning to fit in, but it takes that concept into the realm of absurdity.
The pair wind up getting jobs helping out at the Hall of Justice, even though Wonder Woman is, in her own words, underwhelmed by Zan’s powers. And when the heroes have to face Mr Mxyzptlk, the Wonder Twins really don’t prove to be much in the way of useful back-up. But by the end of the story, they have earned their place in the edifice.
This is such a well told debut issue, I am almost scared to see what comes next. From having no expectations at all, I am now wanting the second issue to top this one, which will be a challenge.
I never thought I would say it, but Wonder Twins is a must-read book.