Wonder Twins #5

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Stephen Byrne Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 12, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 14
8.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

The much-talked-about and always-topical take on the Wonder Twins continues from irreverent and witty writer Mark Russell and artist Stephen Byrne, who captures both the humor and the heart of the siblings, exiled to Earth and interning for the Justice League. A battle royal between minor-league heroes and villains ends in tragedy and a horrifying revelation, teaching the world the true price of not taking people seriously. Always-hopeful Zan and cynical Jayna confront how circumstance (more than intent) often determines who's labeled a hero or villain.

  • 10
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Jun 19, 2019

    Russell, Byrne and Sharpe continue to deliver hilarious yet powerful and incredibly prescient work that captures the world and culture we're leaving behind to kids today Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 12, 2019

    Artist Stephen Byrne is the perfect collaborator on this. His art is gorgeous and it tells a great story. I'll be sad when this ends, but hopefully these two creators will work together again. It's a great book and a fun time overall. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jun 13, 2019

    If you arent picking this book up, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is super hero comedy on a scale to rival Giffens Justice League, and Im serious about that. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Jun 21, 2019

    A funny, well-written modern social satire placed against a superheroic backdrop, this book is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Josh Fielding Jun 17, 2019

    Wonder Twins #5 continues a winning streak for Russell and Byrne, with great characters, a fun story, and dynamic art. One of the most purely enjoyable books DC is putting out right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Jun 12, 2019

    Wonder Twins continues to be a charming blend of sweet and topical, a rollicking triumph for DCs Wonder Comics line. DC announced today that the 6-issue miniseries has been extended to 12 issues, which is a great decision. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Jun 12, 2019

    By the end of this issue,thingshave changed drastically. You'll see another case of someone who deserved to be jailed, get off scot free. You'll find out how far a promising character will go to get justice for their broken heart. You'll remember that despite the heavy nature of the comic's content, Mark Russell never forgets to inject good doses of humor into many panels. You'll watch corporate America do what it does best and shake your head in disgust while it all goes down. Is it a perfect depiction of the injustices that happen across our nation? No, but it's another excellent outing by Russell and Byrne and I hope they continue to push the envelope every issue of Wonder Twins. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Weird Science - Dispatch Jun 12, 2019

    I left the issue truly pondering some of our societies biggest hardships and self-reflecting on my own actions, perceptions, and demeanor towards these issues. Are there any immediate answers to these topics? I don't know. Did Russell give fans the answers? No. However, he's attempting to float these issues to the top to draw attention to them using his platform to do so. Thank you, Mr. Russell, for the reminder. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Jun 12, 2019

    Wonder Twins has turned the corner, with the plot accelerating and the story taking over a lot of pages that would have previously been dedicated to character building. That said, the character building we do get in this one is touching and a little melancholy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 15, 2019

    A still enjoyable issue suffers from a disconnect in that the main characters aren't really incorporated into the story being told. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 12, 2019

    Mark Russell has taken some of the diciest issues of the modern day and put them in a surrealist blender to turn a superhero mirror on the real world, but the broad satire tone doesn't work nearly as well on issues as grim as the ones Wonder Twins #5 grapples with. Read Full Review

  • 0.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 12, 2019

    Stephen Byrne continues to deliver some impressive art and that's about the best praise I could give this tone-deaf issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Brother Jun 12, 2019

    Great issue. WARNING: Those of you afraid of the "SJW" boogeyman should steer clear of this.

  • 9.0
    Ken b Jun 16, 2019

    This comic is well deserving of the 6 issue increase and honestly, I hope it never stops!

  • 8.5

    This has political beliefs I believe are a bit outdated (at least I assume so with the father not being hired for his skin colour, but I am also not American) and ones that feel pretty forward-thinking, but overall the message at the end is one I agree with. I also liked the roasting of Fox News with the straw man and Punditron 5000.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jun 22, 2019

    Haha, Red Flag is such a douche: "Jayna won't return any of my texts. And I sent her like fifty of them! So Rude!" Straw Man and Angry Lady Who Was A Judge Like Thirty Years Ago are awesome, can they be in every issue? "Wake up! What would you do if you saw a man you didn't know entering some random building somewhere?"

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jul 8, 2019

    A good idea and good points executed poorly. It’s just too on the nose to have any bite.

  • 4.5

    Yes, I too have used Twitter. The comic raises some fair points but at the same time, the satire is tired and obvious. I can get this from any generic, forgettable Twitter rant. And outside of being a soapbox, this series is just a bore. Give me something new, something I haven't been inundated with for quite a while. You know what would help all this? If these characters were built up and interesting. Why should I care about this? Because it has the right politics? I agree with most of what is in this issue. But it's just poorly executed and written so I don't care.

  • 4.0
    Snakewich Oct 1, 2019

    While the comics do pay some homage to the Justice Friends and some of the struggles the Wonder Twins always faced, this take is a bit too modern to do them justice.

    It does build more on their planet's culture and adds some zany teen antics.
    But it uses too much of the worn goals of being in high school in an ironic tone.
    As well as using the disenchanted youth tropes.

    While it could be interested it just feels like there are never any heroic victories.
    Even in the Justice Friends, the Wonder Twins always got in trouble and needed to be bailed out, but they were hopeful and unassuming.

    I think playing up being fish out of water would be better than their ongoing frustration of Earth.

  • 10
    Justin Ray Jun 15, 2019

  • 9.5
    BitchWitcher Sep 20, 2019

  • 8.5
    Radar Jun 15, 2019

  • 8.0
    mikesbr42 Aug 26, 2020

  • 8.0
    Zeznon Jun 12, 2019

  • 7.0
    batman_forever Feb 23, 2020

  • 5.0
    Khan/Murdock Jan 19, 2021

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