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Caped #4

Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

Josh Lobis & Darin Moiselle
Sebastin Piriz, Digikore Studios (c)
BOOM! Studios
“The Clones”

Someone’s creating superhero clones in Capital City and Jimmy Lohman is on the case.

After being laid off from the police force and breaking up with his girlfriend, Holly Hill, Edge is at the end of his rope. He’s hanging up his cape and wants to restore his relationship with Ms. Hill. Meanwhile Jimmy Lohman’s investigation of the cloning has him skeptical of his fellow league members. The only hero Jimmy can trust is his mentor Edge.

Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle continue to deliver hero gags in their fourth installment of the series. The highlight of this issue involves Grant and his attempt to reconcile with his ex. Upon apologizing to Holly, the hero begins quoting lines from a cue-card entitled “Standard superhero break-up speech” saying, “There are things about me you wouldn’t understand,” et cetera. Lobis and Moiselle trail the break-up speech with Ms. Hill leading Grant to believe she knows about his secret identity with, “Cut the crap Grant. I know about the cave.” The reader quickly discovers she’s referring to a metaphorical cave in which Holly claims all men use “to hide from commitment.”

Aside from the emphasis of Edge’s flawed love life, the script-telling delves deeper in unveiling the agenda for cloning superheroes and exposes the culprit.

Although it appears Caped #4 has a new colorist in Digikore Studios, the artwork in this issue maintains a parallel design and the sketchy-noir mood utilized in previous issues.

Unfortunately this script isn’t taking advantage of introducing exciting concepts. Despite the “break-up” gags mentioned earlier, the rest of the script is running thin on humor and fascination. In previous issues Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle were excellent in capturing witty moments such as Edge and Jimmy on a stakeout, and Edge locking his keys in the Edgemobile. The writers don’t have to re-invent the wheel, yet it’s the subtle gestures that add intrigue to this series.

Caped has the potential to be a great series that parodies masked superheroes however, the lack of cleverness is hurting this issue.



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