What a great issue of Wonder Twins! The story is very funny on its own merits, and even manages to sneak in an important lesson for young readers. Actually, I guess it’s an important lesson for more than young readers.
Zan and Jayna each wind up finding dates while participating in their high school science fair. Jayna has a delightfully useless invention, but it does break the ice with a guy she is attracted to.
For both siblings, these dates are disastrous, though in very different ways. Jayna’s might be the more dramatically entertaining, but Zan’s contains the “message.”
I really don’t want to spoil anything, but geez I want to talk about it. I guess I can say that Zan’s attitude towards what happens takes a familiar dating trope and turns it on its head. Things really are all a matter of perception, and Zan’s view is one that is far too rarely vocalized.
There is a little action in this one, but really, it’s more like an episode of a situation comedy, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Some groundwork is also laid for a larger plot thread, which is developing as the book goes on.
A well balanced and thoroughly entertaining story by Mark Russell, and Stephen Byrne’s art is so perfectly suited to bring out the comedy. I have to admit, this book is far better than I imagined it possibly could be.