Date night was a fun way to spend the fourth issue of Wonder Twins #4, but now it is time to move on to that next chapter for these two upstarts. Not to mention for Polly who had one heck of a bomb dropped on her lap about what her dad has been up to all the time that she thought he quit working for Lex Luthor. For the point we have reached in this book, it is commendable that this creative team has been able to create a new sense of appeal for these characters who you would never have thought of investing your time in before.
This issue picked up at an interesting point for everyone. All it took was one proper introduction to the League of Annoyance and suddenly we are flooded with a deeper story than what we initially thought we were following. You wouldn’t have anticipated that the always-hopeful Zan and cynical Jayna would confront how circumstance (more than intent) often determines who’s labeled a hero or villain. This honestly didn’t seem like that kind of book at first. So personally, I find myself impressed and engaged by the way that they are able to flip the switch just like that. Fun is fun, but at the end of the day you want this to be a book which reinvents these twins. Most may have tried to go for the older approach, but so far it hasn’t hurt doing a story where they are young again and really going through the full hero experience. You know, the kind where you find yourself captivated by a fresh take on what defines a hero?
The only thing that let me down a bit was the action which the twins took against the League. It was fun, but it came and went. There was nothing too memorable about it. Right now what has your attention is everything involving Polly Math. In the next issues they are going to have to step it up for the twins so that they are taking a back seat in their own book.
Like last month, I enjoyed the storyline for Polly Math. Characters like this you wouldn’t think about twice, but she slowly grows on you for the situation she finds herself in with her father. She doesn’t have powers, but she has brains. And more than that, she has common sense. In most cases we are stuck with the cliche that the kid is left worrying about trying not to become like their parent. However, here we have Polly who is fighting every opportunity she has to turn her dad away from the choice he has made. He also may not have the kind of choice that she thinks he does, but that doesn’t stop her from challenging what she knows is not right. That is a character to admire in a book like this. Not to mention she for the most part balances out the humor that tends to follow the twins. Well, Zan in particular. Especially when things took somewhat of a dark turn by the end of the issue.
It was also a step up for the villains themselves to get a bit of time to be fleshed out. This includes Filo Math as well. It only added to the story to take a deeper look into how he got to where he is now. From his perspective it really can be circumstance where ending up on the wrong side of the fence is as simple as finding out that you’re working for someone evil. It’s not as if they are telling us that we have to sympathize with these people/villains either, but understanding that emphasizes that not everything is as it seems on the surface. Or black and white.
They are right about the artwork of Stephen Byrne. He perfectly captures both the humor and the heart of the siblings, and it also doesn’t just show through these two. For an issue like this he was able to help us experience this from a wider range of characters from different perspectives.You get the whimsical, but you also get a touch of seriousness from characters who have a real stake in what has been unfolding. I was more touched this time around by the heavier moments. It was refreshing to see a character emotionally hurt and feel that.
They aimed to send a message about underestimating villains, and message received through the events of Wonder Twins #5. You couldn’t have predicted how things would end for any of these characters, and that is what made this thrilling. The greatest concern for a book like this is that it might be predictable. Yet somehow this book has been anything but. Wonder Twins has heart, complexities, and plenty of engagement for those who want a reason to say this book gets you thinking.