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Dynamo 5 #23

Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Jay Faerber
Matteo Scalera & Mahmud Asrar, Ron Riley (c)
Image Comics
Superman archetype Captain Dynamo married his reporter/FLAG agent girlfriend Maddie, but unlike the Man of Steel, Dynamo was unfaithful. As a result, he became a father to five half-siblings. When the life killed Captain Dynamo, Maddie gathered her husband's children and catalyzed the evolution of their powers to protect Tower City from the loonies that took advantage of the champion vacuum. Together the kids are Dynamo 5.

Though a new team, the kids inherited numerous enemies. One of those enemies is Whiptail, the Velociraptor alter-ego of an innocent human being. They have also made new enemies, such as Brain Trust. Brain Trust combines the intellects of five geniuses. He wears their brains literally on his sleeve. If you did not read my previous review, I happen to love the disembodied brain subgenre of science fiction. As a result, I love Brain Trust.

Myriad, the shape-shifter of Dynamo 5, in the midst of battle against Brain Trust became a new Whiptail, but this issue shows that he is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Myriad became Whiptail because of a super-soldier type drug. Others have taken the drug, and you can do the math on the cover.

With this issue, Faerber cleverly ties all of his threads together. The Myriad subplot feeds into a new Whiptail menace. The solution to the whole problem also addresses the Brain Trust dilemma. Faerber's tale is simply seamless. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver the rush you usually receive from a truly brilliant issue of Dynamo 5.

The problem lies in the artwork. While the individual styles of Matteo Scalera and Mahmud Asrar are pleasing. They clash, at least for this issue. Scalera's illustration leans toward the angular, with sharp lines. Asrar prefers a smoother, rounder final product. This is most evident when you compare the two artists' designs for Maddie, and the differences also arise in the composure of Scrap’s muscles.

Ron Riley's colors are usually much more varied and vibrant, but for this issue he adheres to a green motif before switching over to midnight blues. The green is fine for a few panels, but as a consistent accompaniment, it's extremely hard on the eyes.

Dynamo 5 yet again outclasses most team books you can name, especially that awful issue of Justice Society from last week. However, it's just not spectacular when compared to previous issues.

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