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The Cape

The Cape

Written by Joe Hill

Narrated by David LeDoux


The Cape

Written by Joe Hill

Narrated by David LeDoux

ratings:
4.5/5 (27 ratings)
Length:
44 minutes
Publisher:
Released:
Oct 16, 2007
ISBN:
9780061552212
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Description

Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . .

Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 16, 2007
ISBN:
9780061552212
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the acclaimed story collections Full Throttle and 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award–winning writer of a seven-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2 (AMC), Locke & Key (Netflix), and In the Tall Grass (Netflix).



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4.3
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  • (4/5)
    This is a very dark yet exceptionally well-written and illustrated graphic novel by an author who has long stopped relying on his family to establish his reputation as a top-notch horror writer.
  • (4/5)
    The premise: ganked form BN.com: Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away... but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. THE CAPE explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric - a confused and broken man - takes to the skies... and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him. This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: "What if?"My Rating: Good ReadObviously, I was quite pleased. I took a few days to read this just to let myself really absorb the story and the actions that were pushing it forward. I can't say I've read anything quite like this, especially in terms of the violence. But for anyone wanting a twist on the superhero story, this is so worth it, almost a must-have. Just don't say I didn't warn you: it's dark.Spoilers, yay or nay?: Nay. I don't want to ruin the surprise of this story, so not only will there be no spoilers, so the full review will be short and sweet. I've linked directly to the review below, so for anyone interested, comments and discussion are always welcome.REVIEW: Joe Hill's THE CAPEHappy Reading!
  • (3/5)
    Following this will be a series of quick reviews for all the comics/graphic novels I've been devouring!

    The Cape was the first graphic novel I borrowed from my library's new comic lending service. I'm slightly addicted to Joe Hill right now. His writing is just so dark, and yet poignant. He shows the worst parts of people, and makes you question what is lurking inside yourself. Crazy.

    This graphic novel is dark. It's violent, and slightly uncomfortable at times. Often when we see super powers in comics it's all about heroes and villains. But what if you're just a normal person? What if your past has drilled a seed of hate deep into your heart, and you suddenly realize that you're able to do something about it?

    Power corrupts people. Joe Hill proves it.
  • (4/5)
    Easily read in half an hour. The story of a young boy who has held a grudge all his life and gets the means to act on his feelings. The art work really adds to the story.
  • (4/5)
    Quick read about a young man who has lost his mind after gaining the power of flight. Nice, compact plot. Good artwork.
  • (4/5)
    You know that old saying, never judge a book by its cover? Joe Hill's The Cape is the perfect book to apply that wisdom to. On the cover, we see a man hovering above the ground, donning a cape and dressed in a t-shirt, ripped jeans and tennis shoes. Without knowing anything about the story, you've got to assume he's an unlikely superhero. However, if you crack the cover and dive into the story, you'll be as shocked as I was when the story switches gears taking the reader in an entirely different direction.

    As an eight year old boy, Eric shares the dream of many children his age, to strap on a cape and fight the never ending battle against evil. However, as a child, Eric suffers a tragic accident and his future becomes forever altered. Years later, Eric's life has spiraled out of control and he's developed a hatred for those he feels have emotionally abandoned him.

    The severe headaches that have plagued him since the accident never subside and when his relationship with his girlfriend falls apart, he begins to suspect she's sleeping with his older brother. It's really the perfect storm that creates the monster he becomes. One night after finding his childhood cape in his mother's home, he discovers it gives him the power of flight. Rather than using this new found ability for good, he decides to seek vengeance against those who've wronged him.

    Joe Hill's got some great ideas floating around in that furry noggin of his and in my quest to consume everything he's written, I've experienced some fantastic fiction. The Cape is no exception. While he may not have been as hands on in the publication of the graphic novel, he did write the original story on which it's based. Appearing in his short story compilation, 20th Century Ghosts, The Cape is a story about how we choose to react to the misfortunes in our lives. While some can simply take them as learning experiences and move on, others swallow them deep down creating a stockpile of grudges and anger. Unfortunately for those around him, Eric embraces the latter method.

    It should be worth nothing that Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel's art is very reminiscent of Gabriel Rodriguez's work on Locke & Key. It has just enough of a cartoon feel to keep the subject matter from getting too dark. It's appreciated because in all honestly, not a lot of light escapes this story.