Love and Capes: Volume 1
Story and art by Thom Zahler
Love and Capes is the story of Abby, a bookstore owner and her superhero boyfriend, The Crusader. In the first volume Abby finds out who Mark, her boyfriend, really is and it follows the couple as they try to adjust to each others lives. There are superhero best friends, superhero ex-girlfriends and a snarky, yet awesome sister. This series is a parody of the entire superhero genre so you get to see glimpses of your favorite superheros.
THOUGHTS: This was such a light, fun easy read! I’m a sucker for anything Superman. I faithfully watched Smallville, own all the Superman movies and am extremely excited they are making another one. So I wasn’t surprised when I liked the Crusader, what surprised me was how much I love Abby!
Not that I don’t like Lois Lane but Abby kind of blows her out of the water. She owns a bookstore (only my dream job), likes English to be used properly (hopefully she never reads this blog, because English and I don’t always see eye to eye) and has a sister for a best friend (having two older sisters means this kind of story line always makes me happy). As you can see, she pretty much rocks. All the responses, questions and requests she made of the Crusader after finding out his true identity were totally things I would have done (picking up the pizza in a different city, yes please). I would totally want to be Abby’s friend and not just because she is dating a superhero. I can’t wait to see where this goes.
side note: I love the Battlestar Galactica ‘Frak’ reference during Charlotte’s date. Any fan of BG is a friend of mine!
ROMANCE: This whole book is one giant romance, which is probably why I loved it so much. I loved following this sweet not at all dark version of a story I’ve known for so long.
DARK-O-METER: [1 being Disney, 10 being The Shining] 1 or negative 1. This is a Disney level of comic. Nothing scary, nothing dark, just pure tongue-in-cheek. It was campy, fun and easy to read.
TIME SPENT: Less than an hour.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Who would I recommend this to?
Any fan of the Superman/Lois Lane story would get a recommendation from me.
I would also give this to my ”I-would-never-read-comic-books-but-love-young-adult-books” female friends. This might be great intro in to the comic book world.
I probably would not recommend this to any diehard Superman/comic book fans. It isn’t at all hardcore, so I doubt they would be in to it.