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Dynamo 5 #15

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2008
By: Ray Tate

Jay Faerber
Mahmud A. Asrar, Ron Riley (colors)
Image Comics
The story's split into two halves. In half number one, Scrap--the female powerhouse of Dynamo 5--fights beside Vigil, Tower City's newest female vigilante. That half of the story is a night in the life of Scrap. She learns that the city has gone to pieces since the team split up.

Each episode within Scrap's twilight is filled with witty interaction, good fights and great art that beautifully choreographs the action. Scrap also looks strong and sexy beating the snot out of whatever villain gets in her way.

The second half of the book is the least interesting half. It focuses on Scatterbrain and how he may be using his telepathic powers to give him the edge on the football field. First, I'm not an football fan. Second, the theme was explored to better effect on Smallville.

Mixed in with these two parts, Faerber introduces a possible Big Bad led conspiracy orchestrating Dynamo 5's downfall. The multiple facades protecting the Big Bad's identity signify his experience and engage the reader.

While I wasn't the least bit involved in the football scenario, the old school pummeling of bad guys by two competent female super-heroes left me grinning from ear to ear. Faerber creates two interesting characters. One battles for good, and her motives differ from the typical vengeance-fueled, subpar Batman tripe. The other is no mean villain. The conclusion to Dynamo 5 promises for more fun to come.



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