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THE BOY WONDER #3: The Ultimate Test

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The Boy Wonder #3 by Juni Ba, Chris O’Halloran, and Aditya Bidikar. (Credit DC Comics. Cover by Juni Ba.)

Creative Team:

Writer: Juni Ba

Art: Juni Ba

Colors: Chris O’Halloran

Letters: Aditya Bidikar

Cover: Juni Ba

The Boy Wonder #3:

Damian is forced to team up with Tim Drake AKA Red Robin! The duo are left to do their own investigation on behalf of Batman as they attend a Gala held by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. It’s a who’s who event and as they conduct their investigation, their toughest test may come down to if Damian can curb his temper and finally earn Tim’s trust.

The Art:

Juni continues to draw this run in a fascinating way that twists and bends our familiar characters into nightmarish situations. Being told from a younger perspective, I can’t help but continue to draw the parallels that despite being brave and a warrior, this is how Damian sees people. We are reminded that these are still children at the end of the day. There is a use of technique where certain panels have blank faces, which adds layers to the story the art is telling and describing without the use of words.

When it comes to the colors, Chris uses these darker shades of reds, greens, yellows, and more to make this story stand out. The shading that is done to compliment the faceless or twisted faces and character designs compliments Juni very well. The duo also continue to keep “The Demon” faceless and in the shadows crafting the air of mystique to Damian’s grandfather.

The Boy Wonder #3 by Juni Ba, Chris O’Halloran, and Aditya Bidikar. (Credit DC Comics. Cover by Juni Ba.)

The Writing:

Juni is rounding out a story that many can easily relate to. At our core or even at the child’s core, we often find ourselves trying to please someone and gain their trust and approval. This issue opens up with a beautiful moment between our bank robber and captive, where the bank robber admits to going down the wrong path and having no other choice but to choose the path he is on. This transcends the normal bea- up bad guy story we see in a superhero book and puts a delightful spin on things. Not everyone chooses to do bad things, but, sometimes they have no other choice.

Overall:

This run continues to endear itself to me and crafts a beautiful story about brothers learning to trust each other and build relationships. Damian comes from a toxic environment and is haunted by his upbringing. He is trying to break the cycle, which we can see from our robber’s viewpoint as well. The Boy Wonder is a unique entry into the Bat-Family and tells a story from a unique perspective endearing itself to readers of all ages.

9.5/10

Hey! I’m Matt Roth, one of the hosts for the podcast Hopsgeeknews, a show where we talk comic books, movies, and TV shows. Thank you for reading my review! If you enjoyed this review and wish to check out our show head to http://linktr.ee/hopsgeeknews

Matthew Roth
Matthew Roth
Hey friends! My name is Matt I am a nomadic beer and pumpkin spice enthusiast perpetually living in the fall. I cohost a podcast called Hopsgeeknews alongside Lauren where we talk comicbooks, movies, and tv shows while featuring a beer of the week! We have a passion for all of those things so check us out and enjoy my weekly comic reviews!

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