Wonder Twins: Activate! by Mark Russell

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  • I remember watching the cartoon long, long ago. How it had that bit of ridiculousness to it, but was also entertaining in its own way. Hopefully this can work for its target audience today as the cartoon mostly did for me.

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    • I’m impressed that you still remember these two! I never got to see these two in action but they have been included in some more recent animated iterations. I’m sure a younger audience will appreciate the Wonder Comcis line-up a lot more than I do too.

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  • I’ve never heard of this series before, but there certainly are a lot of twins stories out there! From the ones that I read they usually have “opposite” powers or personalities too, so you can relate to one or the other…or both 😄 I would be quite interested in seeing how some heavier concepts are integrated in the story though 😊 Thanks for sharing Lashaan!

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    • Thanks for reading, Juliette! It’s definitely funny to see how people tackle the twins idea. I think it’s something that has often intrigued every non-twins person in the world just because of how fascinating the idea it is hahaha And yes, it is a bit weirdly tackled through satire but the heavier concepts are indeed very important! 😀

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  • It’s great that these Wonder Comics titles are coming out and aimed at a particular age range, there should always be a comic for everyone and I firmly believe that the inspirational aspects of superheroes is something positive for younger readers to latch on to and take to heart.

    That being said, I really don’t think these are for me (although I do plan to check out Bendis’s Legion of Superheroes, mainly out of curiosity and because of how it ties to his Superman story). It’s a shame that the story here isn’t more successful in conveying the deeper themes and maintaining a coherent and consistent tone – I think the art looks okay (although not really to my liking) and probably suitable to the age-range.

    Great review Lashaan, I haven’t read anything by Mark Russell – I do however have an IDW Judge Dredd mini-series written by him on my virtual reading pile. Will be interesting to see how that’s handled as Judge Dredd is something that is filled with subtext and interesting real-world commentary. Then again, IDW’s Judge Dredd titles have been hit and more often don’t live up to the Rebellion/2000ad “original” Dredd. Wow, tangent – sorry!!!

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    • I am completely with you there. I think these Wonder Comics titles will be a great hit for a younger audience and were never really meant to impress all ages. I do wish it had subtle elements that only adults could appreciate but I feel like once you scrutinize these stories too much, you’ll lose its appeal…

      So far, I’ve been exploring these Wonder Comics out of curiosity too. My expectations are pretty low and I’m always hoping for a good surprise. I still got Naomi Season One to read but I won’t start imagining that it’s going to be too different from these series though.

      Hahaha no worries about tangents like those. They inspire/motivate me into wanting to pick up certain stories sooner rather than later. I still have yet to read ANYTHING with Judge Dredd but I know how much you love the character and that Rebellion/2000ad run. I just need to get my hands on a nice edition and hope my time with it will be rewarding! 😀

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      • Well I’m hoping to eventually do some Judge Dredd reviews, probably later this year (so look out for those) but you might be best looking up recommended Dredd reading lists – the earliest stuff is pretty dated and though there are good concepts were written with a younger reader in mind. A lot of the IDW stuff is not great but there are a couple of gems – like “Year One”, which was actually written by 2000ad editor Matt Smith with art by the sublime Simon Coleby.

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