Dynamo 5 #3
It is hard to find an issue of Dynamo 5. The damn thing has been selling out month after month, before I can get my hands on one. I hate that! I’m glad people are reading it, but I want mine on the day it comes out. This is a super team with a twist, a family of heroes who have not known each other for years until their father, Captain Dynamo, died. Dynamo was a ladies man and he slept around, which left five kids, each with exactly one of his powers.
His last wife, Maddie Warner, brought them together and activated their powers, but she has other motives besides just having a touching family reunion. This issue, they have to confront Quake, a superhero who has to take meds to stay on the level. Maddie suggests that Myriad pose as his dead dad to get Quake to calm down, before Quake rips apart the city streets.
The first page, in fact, made me laugh. I’ll let you read it for yourself. So the five go have a heart-to-heart with Quake, but in the end, there’s an unexpected, creepy twist. A kid shape-changing into his dead dad is creepy enough, but then the whole team gets creeped out by something else entirely. Next issue is Father’s Day, and that can’t be hard on five kids who never met their pervy dad. Not awkward at all.
I love Dynamo 5, and it’s the only Image title I buy, sad to say. I should be buying more Image books, but my budget says otherwise. I love that Jay Faerber took the usual super team idea and shook it on its head. There are lots of young characters across many comic book imprints, but Dynamo 5 speaks in a voice that I can believe.
Justice Society of America #7
I don’t even think I need to read this book. I think I can just stare at the cover, knowing that whatever is inside must be great. From issue 1, I haven’t been bored at all. After solving the mystery of the Legion of Superheroes in the Lighting Saga crossover, the Justice Society gets back to family business.
Before the Lightning Saga, a team of Nazis egged on by the immortal Vandal Savage started massacring the families of heroes old and new. One of those ambushes occurred at the family barbecue of Commander Steel’s family, and every man, woman, and child was considered a target. Nathan Heywood, who is a grandson of the original Commander Steel, had his leg surgically removed, ruining his sports career.