Place Your Bets On Wonder Twins #8 And You Won’t Be Disappointed

by Olly MacNamee

We’ve all seen Martin Scorsese’s Casino, right? Well, it would seem so has Zan, who takes his responsibilities as supervisor of the casino at the school’s reunion a bit too seriously. Although, for anyone reading Wonder Twins #8 – out now from DC Comics – it’s a great bit of fun.

Once again, Mark Russell litters this story of smouldering, unfulfilled love with plenty of humour, in both the dialogue and as visual gags too. And, in such humour he also offers a view of Lex Luthor that, although funny, shows the kind of global corporation he’s happy to run. One in which he’s taken full advantage of the privatisation of the American prison system and run the correctional facility that currently houses Polly Math, one time friend of Jayna and now a villain! Maybe not ‘super’, but getting there.

Ever since John Byrne recreated Luthor as DC Comics answer to Marvel’s Kingpin, I’ve always wanted someone to take a closer look at his business dealings. Especially in a world where multinational corporations have for some time been the true super-villains of our all too real world. Again, all done in seeming jest, but undercutting this is a more serious message. Albeit in one of the more ‘funny’ of DC Comics funny books.

Meanwhile, we have the story of Principal Turner who may well be the leader of the school, but is no leader when it comes to affairs of the heart. Its a common story seen many a time before, but its also the springboard for much of the comedy in this issue as the aforementioned High School reunion he dithers to decide to go to. After all, his school boy crush – and someone still at the forefront of his thoughts – will most definitely be there. You’ll find out how when you pick up your own copy of this issue.

Helping out on art is Mike Norton, who’s style is both fitting for the type of stories Russell is telling in this Wonder Comics’ series, and one not too dissimilar to regular artist Stephen Byrne’s either. Another great editorial decision methinks. It’ll make for a for a smoother read when eventually collected into a trade. And, of course, the breezy colours of Chris Peters also help in the overall tone of this comic: fun, animated and optimistic. I wonder, on the strength of this series so far, if this already extended series could go full ongoing? Here’s hoping.

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