|EXCLUSIVE: "Family Dynamic" #1 cover by Tim Levins|
"Everyone has kids, so yeah, we have a big family," said Torres. "It's also a quite multi-cultural family and we get some of that in 'Family Dynamic' too."
But unlike the Torres bunch, the titular family explored in "Family Dynamic," the Spencers, has superpowers – fuelled by power rings – and secret identities. "Keeping those secret identities intact is one of the many dilemmas the family faces in the story," said Torres. "They also butt heads over secrets they've kept from each other, and that adds to the drama. When our story opens, the new Family Dynamic has only been in business for about a year, so they're still learning."
"In the first issue, we meet a fellow by the name of Defender who hails from a nearby city, just across the border," teased Torres. "There are other superheroes in the area, as well as in the Dynamics' past, who we'll hear about throughout the story.
"Family Dynamic" will feature some super friends and the pre-requisite arch nemesis, but unlike other familial superhero tales such as "Runaways" and its tie-ins to Marvel Universe, "Family Dynamic" is set outside regular DCU continuity. "We were given the option of setting our story in the DCU but opted to make this our own world like 'Astro City,'" Torres said. "But who knows? If this does well enough, maybe the next miniseries will involve a team up with the Marvels or Batman Family."
Torres said like other popular family stories in both comics and other media, "Family Dynamic," in some aspects anyways, won't be re-inventing the wheel. "Well, much like 'The Incredibles' or 'Astro City,' we're definitely playing with certain archetypes but we're putting our own twists on things," explained Torres. "We're pretty much putting everything we love about superhero comics into this, including the family team aspect, colorful villains whose origins are connected to the heroes, magical power rings, high tech gadgets and secret lairs and all that fun stuff."
While not family, Torres is teaming with one of his oldest pals on "Family Dynamic," artist Tim Levins. "Tim and I go way back. We first met in our senior year of high school, and started working on a comic called 'Copybook Tales' while we were in college," said Torres. "This is our third project together, but the first in many moons. So, as far as the collaboration is concerned, it's like jamming with an old band mate. He's been a great sounding board for my ideas, both design-wise and narratively speaking, and he's contributed to the backstory as well and helped me synthesize a lot of character and plot elements. He's not 'just a penciller' on this project, he's a co-creator. Visually, he's very much influenced by Bruce Timm and Mike Wieringo among others in that clean, simple, animation-inspired style that I love, so the series will have that look to it."
Not necessarily a Johnny DC or "all-ages" book in the traditional sense, Torres said "Family Dynamic" will hopefully have a broad appeal for readers both young and old. "The Johnny DC brand is going through some changes and I'm not sure I'm qualified to elaborate on that, but if you look at recent issues of books from that line, you'll see a different trade dress," offered Torres. "Plus, I'm sure you've heard about the new titles they've got coming up like Mike Kunkel's 'Shazam' project.
"So regardless of what's going on with the Johnny DC line, our book is going to have sensibilities closer to 'Teen Titans: Year One' than 'Teen Titans Go.' I hope everyone checks it out."
Though nothing is planned yet, Torres hopes after six issues, readers will be clamoring for more "Family Dynamic." "Hopefully, it does well enough that we can do a Season 2," said Torres.
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