Caped #1Caped #1
Written by Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle
Art by Yair Herrera
Colors by Renato Faccini; letters by Johnny Lowe
Caped is the story of a dark avenger-like character known as The Edge and his new assistant, Jimmy. And by assistant, I don't mean sidekick. I mean assistant. Someone who washes the Edgemobile, sends out Christmas cards, schedules public appearances and such. Problematically, The Edge has already gone through almost 30 of these assistants.
The Edge introduces Jimmy to a sort of superhero precinct, simply called The League. Edge drops off Jimmy to be trained by Marvin, who assists Mr. Super-Duper and informs him of Edge's murky past dealing with assistants and that you could not pay most people to take that job. Marvin also tells Jimmy the biggest rule is that no matter how tempting it looks, try to avoid the action since he doesn't have health insurance. It's the number one way most of the assistants get "caped," which is just superhero assistant jargon for screwed.
The writers of the series have also worked on the oh-so irreverent South Park, so you know it has a sense of humor. The Batman archetypes and similarities are there, but what's not to like about a superhero who gets lost trying to save the mayor because he got shoddy directions? It's a fun story, but nothing "laugh out loud" like how Major Bummer was back in the late 90's. As I said though, it still has its own sense of humor such as a female archer named. . . Lezbow.
Herrera's art style is something to behold too. It looks like a nice mixture of Guy Davis and Tommy Lee Edwards. He has a really solid sense of action and is dynamic with angles and perspective and such. Boom! has been putting out some really killer stuff lately and those weary and wanting something different should give Caped a try.