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Product Details

  • Series: Dynamo 5 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408590
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay Faerber is a writer of comic books and television, currently writing the Image Comics series COPPERHEAD. He got his start working at Marvel and DC on such titles as WHAT IF...?, GENERATION X, NEW WARRIORS, GREEN LANTERN, and THE TITANS. In 2001 he launched his first creator-owned series at Image Comics, the super-hero soap opera NOBLE CAUSES. Since then he's co-created a number of series at Image, including DYNAMO 5, DODGE'S BULLETS, NEAR DEATH, and POINT OF IMPACT.

In 2010, Jay was accepted into the Warner Bros Television Writers Workshop, and from there got a staff job on the CW series RINGER. Since then he's also been on staff on STAR-CROSSED, also on the CW, and has contributed freelance scripts for MARVEL'S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE animated series.

He lives in Burbank with his wife and a really spoiled cat.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on November 1, 2007
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This first volume of the new Dynamo 5 series offers tremendous value with seven issues for ten bucks. The nearly omnipotent, but late Captain Dynamo sired five illegitimate children, each possessing one of his superpowers. When his widow Maddie Warner discovers his legacy, she contacts each of the offspring and assembles them into a team. Dynamo 5 battles villains in Tower City with Maddie as a Professor X-like leader. The story offers strong characters and several plot twists and the artwork is also excellent. I bought this based on an enthusiastic Pipeline Podcast recommendation and was fully impressed with the book, enjoying it more than Marvel's comparable Young Avengers series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2007
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Gage: "Can I just say that you are fine?"
Bridget: "You do realize that if Maddie's telling the truth, I'm your half-sister, right?"

With the untimely passing of Captain Dynamo, Tower City is bereft of its most powerful guardian. As supervillains eagerly take advantage of the unprotected city, Captain Dynamo's widow, Maddie Warner, in response, gathers 5 young people whom her husband had illegitimately fathered. These kids come from disparate backgrounds and upbringings. Each offspring boasts one of the various super powers which Captain Dynamo had had. Raw in training, dealing with newly-erupted familial issues, and coping with their recently unlocked talents, these five complete strangers will have to do something their old man never had to: become a team player...

In hindsight, I'm a bit surprised no one's come up with this premise before. It's certainly an intriguing one. Published by Image Comics and making its debut in early 2007, DYNAMO 5 is set in the same universe as Jay Faerber's other superhero family saga NOBLE CAUSES. In fact, it was in issue #18 of NOBLE CAUSES that Captain Dynamo met his death at the hands of a contract killer named Widowmaker, who incidentally is still at large and plying her trade. But while NOBLE CAUSES delves deeper into the soap opera elements of its cast, DYNAMO 5 does tend to focus equally on the young folks' personal lives and their thrilling exploits as the Dynamo 5.

This trade paperback, titled DYNAMO 5: POST-NUCLEAR FAMILY VOLUME 1, collects the monthly series' absorbing first seven issues. Really, I can't put it more plainly than this: DYNAMO 5 is just a ripping good, old-fashioned entertainment. Jay Faerber's writing keeps it light yet suspenseful and on point. He definitely knows where he's going with this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on March 29, 2008
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Thank god Captain Dynamo got himself whacked, otherwise we the readers would never have encountered Dynamo 5, five of his illegitimate children brought together after the unfaithful Captain's death by his widow Maddie Warner. Read this book and meet

SCRAP: Beautiful and alluring graduate from NYU Film school who possesses her dad's super-strength!

SLINGSHOT: Equally sexy and sophisticated heroine with the power of hypersonic fight!

SCATTERBRAIN: Would-be pro-footballer and teenager with the disturbing ability to read minds!

MYRIAD: Smooth talking womanizer who bounced around foster homes as a kid, now possessing daddy's shape-changing ability!

VISIONARY: High School nerd desperately seeking to lose his virginity, with incredible vision powers to boot!

No sooner have these five half-siblings met when they are thrown into battle against their father's old enemies now seeking to take advantage of the power-vacuum in Tower City. WHIPTAIL! THE VEIL! SYNERGY & CRYSALIS! Will they survive these monstrous foes? Buy this book, which collects Dynamo 5 issues 1 -7, and find out. Highly recommended for those who liked Robert Kirkman's Invincible, and for those readers who are tired of having their favorite superheroes recycled.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark on November 8, 2007
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Dynamo 5 vol. 1 is definitely worth the price! A great start to a fun series with interesting characters. It's paced very fast so a lot is happening in few pages. This isn't a slow-burn comic like something Bendis would write. This comic is the equivalent to a summer action movie. A very well done action movie.

That is also what it somewhat suffers from--the pace. It's a lot of characters thrown at you with little back story. Hopefully that will be resolved in future volumes, but as a standalone, the characters are a little thin because of the pace and space limitations. But what is there definitely tantalizes the reader on what's to come.

As for the story, it's not exactly breaking new ground in parts. And with some ideas it felt less of an homage to the BIG TWO publishers and more of a direct pilfering (Lizard Man formula?). While an argument can be made that everything in comics has been done before already, I would've preferred a little more originality.

But all of those are really minor quibbles with a book that is quite frankly heads and tails above the majority of comics out there now. And the concept of splitting a Superman-like character's powers into his offspring is really ingenious. I'll certainly be buying any future volumes that come out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Riley on October 29, 2008
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The concept behind this book and the superhero group it contains is good. The story and character dynamics can be very compelling. But the writing is often stilted, especially when dialog or internal monologue is used as exposition. The art is uneven, caught in a limbo between "realistic" and "superhero stylized." Often, teenage characters appear ten years older than they should. I enjoyed the book despite its grating flaws, but can only give it a mild recommendation.
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