This is a hardcover that is slightly oversized and feels incredibly chunky. You are getting a lot of pages for your money. It begins with The Cape: 1969 which is the prelude to the main feature and although explains a bit of backstory isn’t necessary to the original.
The Cape is an unusual tale that really doesn’t fit in the superhero genre. It is based on a Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) short story but expands it significantly.
There is a very sturdy hardcover and the format feels just a tad oversized. The spine allows the book to lay flat when open which is always appreciated. The cover is cleverly overprinted giving the illusion that the titles and pictures are stuck on with clear sticky-tape. You find yourself picking at it to make sure it isn’t.
There is a complete cover gallery but no other art. There is also the complete text of the original short story with the adaptor’s notes about what to cut and to leave in which is actually an interesting comparison.
A Thumbs Up!
This is based on a short story by Joe Hill. It expands and fleshes out the original premise significantly which seems quite flimsy in comparison.
This is a story about character and the flaws therein. It isn’t a true superhero story and we haven’t seen such an unconventional protagonist since Mark Millar’s Wanted. To say any more would give too much away as the beauty of this book is you aren’t expecting its dark twists and turns.
The art is fitting and well done. It has a grungy feel that reflects some of its bleak themes and these are well contrasted with the optimistic scenes of childhood. There is nothing jarring or sensationalist which is mostly what you want art to do.
It’s a thumbs up and worth a look.
This is an average story with a little bit about family and revenge that exists solely as a prequel to “The Cape.” It’s good enough to be given away on Free Comic Book Day or included in a hardcover but as a standalone it really achieves very little. It isn’t bad, maybe a little simplistic or jingoistic but there are much better reads for your time.
The art is very good and kind of reminds me of American Vampire. There are some brilliant moments when letters are combined with pictures to create a Meta view. The colouring has a dank jungle feel and makes very good use of browns.
The whole thing just felt like an ad break or a short for the main feature, which is what it is.