Once again I am having a hard time accepting how damn good Wonder Twins is. This issue is such a successful blend of humour, action, and dark political commentary. It sure appeals to me, but I hope it also appeals to the age group the series is meant to be aimed at! I’m 53, so I cannot even begin to guess if it does.
The Scrambler and Polly Math are about to put their master plan into action, setting off a device that will randomly shift people across the world into other people’s bodies. This is being done as a direct attack on the wealth and privilege of the 1%. In fear of being treated the way they have been treating others, politicians race to achieve all manner of goals, providing equal services, security, and rights for everyone, just to ensure that there is no chance of losing theirs.
It’s a really bitter commentary on the state of the world right now, yet it gets served up in such an entertaining way. It’s fun to read, instead of depressing, even though the triumph of the Wonder Twins is, ultimately, to the detriment of most people.
There are some side splittingly funny parts of this. I love that Zan fears getting lost in sewer systems. But there are also some heavier and more touching parts. Jayna never loses faith in her friend, Polly, but those feelings are not returned, with Polly blaming her former friend for the loss of her father.
This book was only meant to be a six issue miniseries, and this would have been the final issue. While it certainly would have worked as one, I am thrilled that the run has been extended to twelve issues, and that Zan and Jayna will be back in a couple of months for more adventures. This is an excellent series, and deserves not merely twelve issues, but an indefinite ongoing run.