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Dynamo 5 #21

Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Jay Faerber
Mahmud Asrar, Yildiray Cinar, Ron Riley (c)
Image Comics
It's date night in this issue of Dynamo 5. Visionary goes out with the junior Firebird. That is, they're the relative same age. There's simply two Firebirds, a mother and a daughter. So, there's no Cougar hunt here. Scrap hooks up with a young man she met on the net. Meanwhile, a new steroid has hit the streets to give the scrawny Joe instant weiderfication and Maddie has discovered that her friend's missing husband is a symptom of a larger and happily goofier problem.

First of all, I should point out that Mahmud A. Asrar and Yildiray Cinar are identified as "storytellers" while Jay Faerber takes credit for the plot and dialogue. Now that to me means that Dynamo 5 is a real collaborative effort. I get that. I always got that, but it's a helluva lot easier and less wordy to simplify. So, understand that I mean no disrespect when crediting Faerber with a story point that's actually contributed by Asrar, or visa versa.

Everything about this issue of Dynamo 5 is perfect. Faerber keeps me interested in both budding relationships and he makes the two unique, with respect to the other. Just because Faerber takes a moment out of the usual fisticuffs to flesh out his characters by showing that they have feelings and like to connect with others doesn't mean that he forgoes the kickass. In fact, he even manages to plausibly interweave the super-hero component to the more realistic dating question. In addition, the subplot involving Maggie is just as interesting as the rest of the events unfolding.

The nicest thing I can say about Yildiray Cinar is that his artwork fluidly compliments that of Mahmud Asrar. Oh, sure, you can tell that there are two different artists on the book, but the styles aren't conflictive. They mesh well, and Cinar's art matches Arar's art in terms of quality. Both gents tackle the violence with gusto as well as well as the subtle and not so subtle body language of the characters.

Ron Riley's colors act as a kind of glue for the two talents, but he's not merely an extension of their artwork. He illustrates mood with golden sunsets washing over one couple, innocent and young. He contrasts them with the older, more experienced couple through the cooler, edgier blues of night and ends the unexpected, loopy cliffhanger on the weirdly glowing greens of science fiction.

Indeed, Dynamo 5 is a collaborative effort and all the contributors do their very best to produce a very entertaining book.

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