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    Reviews - Dynamo 5 - TPB vol. 01

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Brings the fun factor back to superhero stories. - TPBReview
Have you ever read the famous Larry Niven essay: Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex? Basically, Niven wonders if Superman is capable of sex with a mortal woman. After all, we can only assume his reproductive system has its own "faster than a speeding bullet" capability, and I'm not talking about his performance in bed. DC never spends much time on the Superman and sex issue. It's the elephant in the room. However... Jay Faerber has decided that yes, a Superman-esque character is fully capable of having his own offspring, and that's the central theme of this story. What if Superman (or rather a hero with his powers) had fathered several illegitimate offspring? After all, a man of steel probably has a voracious libido. What would these children be raised to believe? What powers would they inherit? These and other "important" questions of the day will be answered in this TPB.

If you haven't explored the Image Universe yet, you're really missing out! Creativity and fun would be the two words I think of when talking about the various original superhero titles available by this publisher. You might have heard of one of its most popular series, Invincible, but if you'd like to capture the same feeling in a team-based book, look no further than Dynamo 5!

Captain Dynamo.... protector of truth, justice and Superman copycats! Also found dead in bed. Unfortunately for Captain Dynamo, his sexual appetite got the best of him and he found himself under the covers with a woman who secretly glossed herself with poisonous lipstick. Heartbroken and jaded, his widow goes through his belongings after a funeral that reads like a "Who's Who List" of the Image superhero roster. She finds his little black book and realizes that he might have several illegitimate children scattered throughout the world. Even though she feels betrayed by the Image Universe's man of steel, she attempts to find these children because she realizes there may be an entire platoon of new Captain Dynamos out there who can help humanity but don't realize the gifts they have inherited.

What she discovers is that each of these children have been given a certain portion of Captain Dynamo's power. One has super strength, one has the ability to fly, one has mental powers, and so on. They represent different cultural backgrounds, different sexes and different economic upbringings, but these young adults who are mostly college age find themselves drafted into the widow's plans. Their interactions read like an episode of a Big Brother reality program. Some aren't as keen on saving the world, and some have problems relating to the group, but as most of them are single children, they form a bond with their other half-siblings and establish a team that learns to work together.

There are various stories collected in this TPB, including a mysterious figure who roams the city and looks to be the next Captain Dynamo. The "family" of superheroes is forced to deal with issues left behind by Captain Dynamo including other jaded lovers, not just his widow. What makes Jay Faerber's creation so fun is that even with some of the adult issues, it reads like a family book, a team that has genuine reasons to fight crime together. The relationship dynamics in this book are for lack of a better word.... human. That's something that can sometimes be left behind in today's comic market that is always striving to build the next big and bad crossover event. With only a $9.99 cover price, you can't go wrong with Dynamo 5 Volume 1. If you haven't had a chance to explore some of the superhero worlds outside of Marvel and DC, be sure to make this your next stop.

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