Reunions can be a hard, good thing DC Comics’ WONDER TWINS #8 does its in a hilarious and witty manner.
If you need to catch up on Wonder Twins, check out the review of the previous issue. Or pick up the last seven comics when you grab Wonder Twins #8 this Wednesday at your local comic shop. The whole series has been fantastic.
A Story of Reunions
Writer Mark Russell dramatically begins Wonder Twins #8, with both parties of the plot losing. Meaning, you can only go up from there, right? Yes, but no. Russell continues the trend of winning, yet not winning. But, instead of winning against a villain while having the feeling of not winning; Wonder Twins #8 makes the theme more personal with two grand reunions.
Although the themes and plot are serious, Russell keeps the fun/light-hearted feeling that has been throughout the series. Be it: dialogue, background gags, character moments, or the infamous accidental public confession trope with Principal Turner. This moment humanizes Principal Turner immensely while making him one of the most relatable characters for any adult.
School of Art
Pencils change hands from Stephen Byrne to Norton for Wonder Twins #8. The change is barely noticeable as the duo’s art style mirrors each other magnificently. But Norton’s style leans more on the realistic style, whereas Byrne’s had more a Saturday morning cartoon style. Norton’s style fits significantly with the focus being on the more human side of Wonder Twins.
Much of Wonder Twins hasn’t consisted of action, which continues in Issue 8. The few panels that do have action look fluid while staying cartoonish. One panel that exudes this elegantly has Zan sliding to fist bump Jayna. The panel may look hilarious, but Zan building speed in the panel before to slide under the villains and fist-bump his sister works perfectly. Chris Peters’ colors help the action sequence.
Peters’ colors gel gorgeously with Norton’s pencils. Although the colors never get as bright as the previous issues, the subdued colors help portray the more down to earth story. Peters’ colors help the action mentioned above significantly. Adding a yellow blur to Zan’s legs, show how fast he is sliding while guiding the reader. Another beautiful color moment is the duo activating their powers. Norton uses a small panel to show the famous fist bump, while Peters adds sparkling white lights and brilliant blues.
Dave Sharpe continues his great work on letters. Throughout Wonder Twins #8, Sharpe helps guide the reader through the dialogue. But in some cases, Sharpe adds huge bubble breaking dialogue that shows the character’s excitement. This happens more during the ice-cream truck scene, showcasing how exciting ice-cream is.
Wonder Twins #8 Conclusion
Russell continues the trend of meaningful commentary in an enjoyable, fun-filled issue of Wonder Twins. Norton’s pencils and Peters’ colors amplify this theme.
Memorable Quote: “Time has turned your principal into a geyser of petty failures and disappointments.” – Principal Turner
Time has done this to us all, buddy.
Extra Credit: I love that Jayna’s overalls have her superhero emblem on it. Also, I loved Zan as the ‘Pit Boss.’
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