Thursday, October 22, 2015
Joe Hill's The Cape by Jason Ciaramella and Zach Howard
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Age Group: 16+
Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away... but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. THE CAPE explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric - a confused and broken man - takes to the skies... and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him. This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: "What if?"
My thoughts on it:
I don't really know what I was expecting going into this graphic novel, but I ended up finding it entertaining, but in some ways, also lacking. This graphic novel was adapted from a short story written by Joe Hill, and going into it, I guess I expected something that was as great at Joe Hill's Locke & Key graphic novel series, sadly, I ended up being a little let down. I did enjoy this read, and I flew through it once I started reading it, but I think that the story just didn't intrigue me as much as that of Locke & Key, and while I am aware that I shouldn't really be comparing the two, because they are very different, I just can't help myself.
This graphic novel tells the story of a boy that wants to be a superhero, but ends up as a villain. It is about vengeance and it is gruesome at times (most of the time), I found that I didn't really connect with the story in a way that I would have liked to. But I did think that it was interesting to witness the main characters decent into madness. I felt like I got to see this mans physique unravel before me, and that was very interesting.
Overall, I am glad I borrowed this from the library and that I read it. I think that a lot of people could love this, but I'm not one of them. I give it three stars/hearts because I did enjoy it, I just didn't find it to be very memorable. But I do have to say that the art in this is great, I really enjoyed that aspect of it, the story just wasn't for me.