Saturday 23rd May 2015,
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DC Comics And Beyond – The Cape 1969 #4

Wayne Hall 10/18/2012 Reviews

Sometimes reality gets in the way of comics, so I must apologize for this column arriving a day later than it normally has recently. Still, let’s get on with the book of the week!

Here’s the book’s description: “One man fueled by grief after the murder of his son, another fueled by dark magic and revenge—both headed towards a final confrontation that will settle the score once and for all. Watch the world burn in this shocking conclusion to The Cape: 1969.”

“You’ll believe a man can fly!” was the tagline for Christopher Reeve’s first Superman film, which accomplishied just what it set out to do, I think.

I’ve always been fascinating by flying, so I really enjoyed The Cape‘s first one-shot/mini-series when the franchise debuted a while back. It was a dark and shocking story about what one man would do when given this unusual power. It had an amazing ending, so I loved it! The Cape 1969 is based on Joe Hill’s short story, and was written by Jason Ciaramella and with art by Nelson Daniel. This is the fourth and  final issue of this mini-series.

This time, it’s an “origin” story of sorts, focusing on just how the cape was able to help someone fly. The tale mostly takes place in Vietnam, with some stunning moments that take place between the two men bent on revenge who take to the sky to settle their differences.

Just who “wins” and who survives, I’ll never tell – you need to pick up this comic to find that out! Let’s just say that everything wraps up with a very touching, heart-wrenching ending, and leave it at that.

The art is clean and easy to follow, working well with the fast-paced script. I was intrigued by the use of color this go-round, specifically using dark reds, browns and oranges. It gave it a deep, war-like feel to me.

This mini-series will make a good companion piece when collected, and will join my hardcover edition of The Cape when it comes out! I highly recommend it!

DC Comics, New 52, Beowulf, Tony Bedard, Amethyst, IDW Comics, Gemworld, Christy Marx, Sword of Sorcery, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Watchmen, Catwoman, Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Nelson DanielThis Week’s “New 52” Reviews:  Justice League was my favorite, ramping up Wonder Woman’s old foe The Cheetah! Diana also appears in Batwoman, which continues to be one of the most literate and interesting comics on the stand art-wise! Then, too, Wonder Woman’s regular comic continues to tell some of the best stories I’ve seen about the character in a long time.  Catwoman is a prelude to the huge “Death of the Family” event that’s now underway in the Bat-books. Oh, Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws also set up for their crossover participation in that series. Birds of Prey has the team trying to rescue Katana’s “husband.” Next, I enjoyed DC Universe, which featured a “black and blue” story, teaming Black Lightning and Blue Devil. Green Lantern: New Guardians continues to track the progress of the Third Army. Legion of Super-Heroes features Cosmic Boy’s last stand. Supergirl takes on an upgraded Tycho.  Blue Beetle #13 follows Jaime’s adventure near The Reach’s homeworld after being transported there by OMAC. I’ll miss this book when it ends before too long. All of the “New 52″ comics had a preview of the upcoming Superman storyline at the end of each issue.

Other books worth picking up this week included American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5, Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4, and Saucer Country #8 from DC Comics; Airboy Deadeye #4 from Antarctic Press; Sixth Gun #26 from Oni Press; Harbinger #5 and X-O Manowar #6 from Valiant; Peanuts Vol. 2 #3 from BOOM! Studios; Chew #29 and Walking Dead #103 from Image; Wulf #6 from Atlas; and Green Hornet #29 and Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #17 from Dynamite!


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