This book just keeps impressing me more and more. Despite being aimed for younger readers, Wonder Twins addresses racism, toxic masculinity, and corporate greed in this issue, all with a humourous bent, and a darn good story to boot.
I hadn’t realizes the importance that Polly Math, and her father Philo, were going to have in this book. Philo’s past lead him to get involved with both Lex Luthor and the League of Annoyance, and despite being a good man at his core, these connections wind up creating a lot of problems, both for him and his daughter, before the issue is out.
I am also glad that Red Flag, Jayna’s terrible date from the previous issue, makes a return in this story. It’s sad that it is so important to make young women understand that they do not have to be subjected to controlling and violent tendencies of men, but it is a message that needs to be spread and reinforced.
In a strange way, this book is reminding me of the Female Furies miniseries. Neither one shies away from addressing issues, and both do it in an over the top way, a way designed to keep the reader laughing and engaged. They are not preachy, but at the same time one doesn’t need to dig to get the point of the story. It’s right there being smacked in your face.
Whenever I find myself gushing over an issue, I take another look, hoping to find something to criticize. I am a critic, after all. For this issue, the only thing I can say is that the Wonder Twins themselves don’t get as much page time as they might. But that’s such a minor point. The story is really much more about the League of Annoyance, who have become their main enemies, and the feel of the series is consistent throughout. Besides, Zan and Jayna do get some hilarious moments in the battle scene in the zoo. Zan’s awful attempts at one liners in battle are just charming.
If you aren’t picking this book up, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is super hero comedy on a scale to rival Giffen’s Justice League, and I’m serious about that.