Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr WONDER TWINS #3 BY MARK RUSSELL, STEPHEN BRYNE, Dan Mora Art Characterization Plot Summary WONDER TWINS #3 is a visual treat and is worth checking out. While Gleek the monkey basks in the spotlight, the twins tackle some important issues in this innovative comic. 90 % NO MONKEY BUSINESS! Meet Gleek the monkey in WONDER TWINS #3. Written by Mark Russell, the League of Annoyance plans to take down its new nemesis, the Wonder Twins. Featuring the fantastic artwork by Stephen Byrne, this issue is a visual wonder. Will this little blue sidekick prove to be a hero in his own right? Be sure to check out WONDER TWINS #3, because there is no monkeying around in this issue. New Friends, New Dangers WONDER TWINS #3 opens with Jayna, still bothered by the events from the previous issue. At the Hall of Justice, she asks Superman for advice, as both are aliens who have witnessed the issues facing humankind. He tells her the most important power to have is “seeing everything wrong with this world… And somehow not going crazy.” That hit me right in the feels, Superman. WONDER TWINS #3 Page 3. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment. In other news, the League of Annoyance has gained a new member, thanks to the conniving Lex Luthor. Enter Filo Math, a genius scientist who is also the father of Jayna’s new school friend, Polly. After Lex Luthor forces him to join the group of misfits, the Brainiac helps the League plan a surprise attack on the Wonder Twins. The team of B-list supervillains breaks into the home of the Wonder Twins and kidnaps them. Who comes to their rescue? Everyone’s favorite blue monkey, Gleek, that’s who! WONDER TWINS #3 concludes with Jayna giving a speech about bringing love and kindness into the world, a heartwarming sentiment to end things on. Complex Characters in WONDER TWINS #3 What’s really surprised me in WONDER TWINS #3 is how deep and complex some of the characters are. Frankly, I never expected a tragic backstory for their monkey sidekick. His abusive past while performing in the circus still haunts him. Seeing Gleek face his fears and help rescue the Wonder Twins made me actually cheer for the little monkey. Also, Jayna is growing into a determined character set on making a real difference. She has such a strong sense of empathy and compassion which influences how she functions as a superhero. Her closing message about kindness changing the world was so inspiring and heartwarming. Based on her feelings on rehabilitating criminals, I wonder what kind of hero she will become as the story goes on. Vibrant Visuals WONDER TWINS #3 Page 4. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment. The artwork in WONDER TWINS #3 continues to amaze me. Every image looks so crisp and clean. Colors are vibrant and pop right off the page, thanks to colorist Dan Mora. During the fight scenes, Zan’s water-related powers glide through the panel in a fluid motion. Plus, I enjoy the wacky costumes of the League of Annoyance members. Their appearances are imaginative, to say the least. On the other hand, there are some heavy visuals in this issue. When Superman hangs his head in front of a collage of human tragedies, it’s such a striking, powerful image. Gleek’s frightening flashbacks of his life in the circus are nightmarish. From the perspective of a small blue monkey, those images of a cruel ring leader are justly terrifying.Final Thoughts on WONDER TWINS #3 Overall, WONDER TWINS #3 is an awesome issue. Writer Mark Russell has successfully brought the Wonder Twins to a new generation. Not only are the twins relatable, but they are aware of the heavy topics of their new home. Surprisingly, WONDER TWINS #3 has its emotionally deep moments mixed in with the lighthearted humor. The artwork in this comic is truly a delight to see. Every page looks so fun and vibrant. Byrne’s wonderful work continues to make me smile. Aside from all the playfulness and wackiness of his art style, there are some hard-hitting images in this issue. Superman’s somber face, as he stood in front of a collage of the world’s problems, was incredibly striking to me. Russell uses the Wonder Twins as a vehicle to express an important message about kindness, rehabilitating criminals and doing some real good in the world. While I’m still not sure these mature topics are right for the target audience, the morals in this story are what young readers need to hear.