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Caped #2

Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

Josh Lobis & Darin Moiselle
Yair Herrera, Renato Faccini (c)
BOOM! Studios
EDITOR's NOTE: Caped #2 will be available in stores Wednesday May 20.

“Rough Around the Edges”

The “over the hill” superhero, Edge, is hit with a dose of Murphy’s Law in Caped #2. For instance, he locks his keys in the car allowing Irv Gemini, Capitol City's main villain, to escape. His assistant Jimmy attempts to quit on him and he’s in jeopardy of losing his beautiful female acquaintance.

Most superhero stories use action to engage the reader. Then again Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle have cultivated a humorous, steady paced, yet witty superhero story without utilizing much fighting. Instead their portrayal of Edge as the tough as nails "man's man," who locks his keys in the car, ushers in a new entertaining hero to comics. The storytelling from Lobis and Moiselle provide insight into the menial tasks a superhero’s young ward is faced with. Considering Edge’s assistant Jimmy aspires be a reporter instead of a hero, this sweetens the pot of humor even more in Caped. It tickled me to see Jimmy pick up his so-called mentor’s dry cleaning and answer personal calls on his Black Berry. As in every great story an unsuspecting tragedy occurs at the end of Caped adding suspense to an already compelling adventure.

Yair Herrera delivered a sketchy yet unique art style. Readers can distinguish clear details despite the sketchiness, as it pertained to the characters and environments. Herrera successfully utilized harsh lines on Edge’s face accompanied with a muscular physique to clearly justify, although he was out of his prime, he was still a force to be reckoned with.

As well Faccini’s attention to detail with his use of color proved remarkable. One of his most impressive panels included a simple scene of the masked man resting in what appeared to be an Oriental arm chair. The scene itself wasn’t extraordinary. However, the contrast between the chair’s color, and what I believe are Oriental patterns, expressed Faccini’s depth in bringing sensibility to a two dimensional object. Herrera’s sketchy background designs, and Faccini’s heavy shadows, transpired the environments to have a sort of noir/espionage tone.

Despite how entertaining Caped is the comic does include a shortcoming. The villain Irv Gemini feels undeveloped. Edge and Jimmy are flushed out but Irv lacks personality. Lois and Moiselle could’ve given the character more face time. I would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to venture into his twisted mind and literally read his thoughts.

All in all, Caped #2 is one of the most intriguing indie comics I’ve read recently since Kick-Ass. Lobis and Moiselle deliver on an appealing but amusing comic. This book is sure to entertain anyone in search of a new comic series.



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