Love and Capes #1

Thom Zahler has an appealing, cartoon-influenced style that’s just right for the romantic superhero comedy Love and Capes. Mark is the Crusader, a Superman-like hero. Abby is a detail-oriented bookstore owner who somehow has missed figuring out his secret identity. They’re in love, so he decides to stop hiding things from her.

Love and Capes #1 cover
Love and Capes #1

I love the way he shares his secret with her — when taking off his clothes to reveal his costume, she ignores what it means until he sits down on thin air. It’s great visual interplay that fully uses both art and text. The comedy here is honestly funny because it comes from the characters, and there’s so much story that it’s more satisfying than some much longer graphic novels. Judging from the structure, it was originally planned as a webcomic strip — every four panels, there’s another punchline, which helps create the feeling of density, with lots going on.

I was thrilled to see the way Mark puts up with Abby pointing out typos in the newspaper, and her acceptance of who he pretends to be is treated as a strength. Too many people have made fun of Lois Lane, calling her an idiot for never proving Clark Kent was Superman; instead of that insulting approach, Zahler creates two well-rounded people who have to navigate a complex mix of careers, hobbies, skills, and personality traits, just like real life. The reader can easily see why they fell in love with each other — they have fun together.

It’s a shame that there’s only this one issue. I’d enjoy seeing more of these characters, although it’s a pleasure to see a creator who knows when to say when, telling the story he wants to tell, entertaining the reader, and getting out while they still want more.

There’s a Love and Capes website with more information and sample comic strips.


6 Responses to “Love and Capes #1”

  1. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Thom Zahler has an appealing, cartoon-influenced style that’s just right for the superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes (Maerkle Press, $3.95, MAY06 3266). It’s a fabulous, funny story; read my review for more. [...]

  2. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] The rest of the day was lunch distribution for guests and snack distribution for artists’ alley tables. Sometime among all that I was able to accomplish a few personal tasks: I got signatures from Kyle Baker and Dick Ayers (diverse, hunh?) for my retailer who was unable to attend. I was pleased to chat with Thom Zahler, who told me to look out for the holiday issue of Love & Capes in December. And I was thrilled to get to meet Svetlana Chmakova and have her sign the outstanding Dramacon for me. (Although that may have happened on Sunday.) [...]

  3. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] I’m looking forward to this, since I really enjoyed the first issue, due to its blend of capes and comedy. [...]

  4. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] I really enjoyed the first issue, and I’m thrilled to see that there’s more. It’s even better for being a Christmas issue. After Abby and her boyfriend Mark (who’s also the Crusader) attend a friend’s wedding, we get to the meat of the issue: What should Mark get Abby for Christmas? And how will holiday family visits go? [...]

  5. Love and Capes Catchup » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] recommended issue 1 and issue 2, as well as the fourth issue, which came out for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) last year. [...]

  6. Love and Capes Collection » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] IDW Publishing will be releasing a collection of the first six issues of Love and Capes in November. I love this superhero romantic comedy. [...]




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