I received a 40-page preview of “The Cape,” based on the short story written by Joe Hill, adapted by Jason Ciaramella, and illustrated by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel. It’s an adult comic/graphic novel about a superhero given powers after a tragic accident that happened to him as a little boy. Eric becomes a rather sullen grown-up, and with his found powers, wreaks havoc on the people who hurt him during his life. The artwork has nice, gritty adaptation, and while the main hero does quite a few things that raise eyebrows (including a grizzly bear he steals from a zoo), I was able to get a good handle on what was going on and get a decent introduction to the characters. It’s somewhat of an anti-hero story with a dark feel from the initial storyline.
I would recommend it to those who like dark comic/graphic novels about superheroes with a mature storyline. Fair warning, it features graphic violence and nudity.
Overall score: 3/5
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher IDW Publishing.