DC Introduces Trans-Beastiality in a Kids Cartoon Send-Up

A new DC kids comic aimed at teens is coming out on the new Bendis line, Wonder Comics. And not surprisingly it’s a 6-issue mini of the Wonder Twins, that cute pair of superpowered siblings who were first introduced in that classic Saturday morning cartoon, The All-New Super Friends Hour way back in 1977.

Zan and Jayna are an extraterrestrial twin brother and sister superhero duo who subsequently appeared in comics based on the animated series, and were later introduced into the main DC Comics Universe in Extreme Justice #9 (October 1995). They’ve since appeared in other media, including animated series such as Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans Go!, and the live-action TV series Smallville.

The Twins are young aliens from the planet ‘Exxor’. The brother, ‘Zan’ had the abilities to change into any water-based form, while his sister Jayna could become any animal. Both twins were telepathic and their ‘shape-shifting’ abilities were charged up by touching each other and shouting “Wonder Twin powers, activate!”

Now DC Comics is updating their story and putting the twins in an all-new six issue miniseries.

Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they’re even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan’s brash confidence and Jayna’s shy but streetwise persona. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again—this book takes the form of the unexpected. (in stores Feb 13)

Here are a couple of pages from the 5-page preview available at DC’s website.

Issue #1 entitled ‘It Gets Weirder’ follows the brother, Zan, as he’s giving a presentation in a school classroom where he’s a student.  While Zan is describing the culture on his home planet, he tells a strange account of how whenever there is a thunderstorm on his home planet, the populace is driven mad with “thunder lust”. During this event, all the adults suddenly strip off their clothes and immediately begin a world wide orgy for the night. But that’s not all. He goes on to describe how these shape-shifting humanoids will change genders or even become animals in the “night throes with their pleasure”. Zan adds that “many body fluids are involved” before his instructor tells him that’s all the time they have for his story.

My first question is, “was this two-page scene necessary for the advancement of the story being told or was it just played for laughs?” And if it’s story-driven, what kind of story is DC Comics trying to tell? This kind of shock value storytelling seems to be becoming a pattern for DC Comics. From a post-apocalyptic Scooby-Doo series, a gay Snagglepuss, the socialist Flintstones, and now they’re introducing trans-bestiality to superhero canon in their newest adaptation of a kids cartoon. Does anyone expect the publisher to stop experimenting with these vintage animation properties by inserting adult themes into them as long as the comics sell a few thousand copies?

Oh, and did I mention this is written by Mark Russell, the same guy that thinks mocking Jesus and faithful Christians in another DC Comic ‘Second Coming’, is good fun? At least the art in Wonder Twins by Stephen Byrne is well crafted.

Brian Michael Bendis said at the launch of this new DC imprint, Wonder Comics, that it is a “pop-up imprint that will be a boutique collection of exceptionally well-crafted comics that reflect our deep love and affection for these characters and this amazing medium.” Does this scene above reflect the writer’s “deep love and affection” for the Wonder Twins? Seems more like another mockery.

This line is ostensibly geared towards kids who are just becoming teens. Does this seem like appropriate entertainment for the 13 year old in your life? DC Comics seems to think so. 

Chris Braly

Chris Braly

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