By Jay Faerber (Writer), Mahmud A. Asrar (Art), Marcio Takara (Art), and Ron Riley (Colors)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: While I found the last issue of Dynamo 5 to be enjoyable, it really didn’t amount to a whole lot. As with the other hit or miss chapters of the third story arc, the character work was strong, but the overarching plot seemed to be moving at a snail’s pace. With that in mind, I came into Dynamo 5 #18, hoping that the series could regain some of the momentum that made me enjoy the first two trades so much.

The Story: A team of super-villains targets the “new” Dynamo 5 team in an effort to destroy Tower City’s last line of defense. During the ensuing battle, the mysterious Vigil’s identity is revealed. Meanwhile, a disappointed Maddie Warner looks to re-establish herself as the guiding force behind Captain Dynamo’s children so that Tower City can be protected.

What’s Good: I am usually against splitting up art duty for a standard-sized issue, but Mahmud A. Asrar and Marcio Takara (with Ron Riley’s help) do a pretty good job making the book look consistent and visually entertaining. Takara’s cartoony style isn’t quite as impressive as Asrar’s more detailed work, but it does a nice job of filling in the dynamic action sequences. As for the story, it sets up the arc’s conclusion well while bringing a slightly darker edge to the series.

What’s Not So Good: While it is good to see the series finally getting back on track, I can’t help but feel disappointed with how fast and predictably the issue reads. The whole thing just feels like a very standard “heroes being overwhelmed” story that offers few surprises and very little plot advancement. Also, while I suppose the Vigil reveal is something of note, I am fairly certain every Dynamo 5 fan saw it coming months ago.

Conclusion: Dynamo 5 #18 is a solid chapter in a good series, but not exactly the shot in the arm I was hoping for. Most of you will be better off just reading this arc as a trade because, quite simply, too little happens from issue to issue.

Grade: C

-Kyle Posluszny