Love and Capes, Vol. 1
written by Thom Zahler
Mark and his girlfriend Abby are a normal couple with normal ups and downs, except for one small difference: Mark is also the superhero Crusader. Needless to say, this adds some extra challenges to their dating life. Readers will love how down-to-earth, slice-of-life Love and Capes is. The stories are not complicated tales of good versus evil; they are simply stories about two people in love. Mark is everything that Superman isn’t: confused, awkward, ordinary. Abby is Lois Lane, but softened. Instead of trying to survive in the rough and tumble world of journalism like Lois Lane, Abby owns a bookstore, so she is quite a bit more relaxed. There are the usual bunch of side characters that you would expect from a romantic comedy: Abby’s judgmental sister; Mark’s partner in fighting crime, Darkblade (a Batman stand-in, but with a sense of humor); and Amazonia, who is, of course, a Wonder Woman figure but is also—much to Abby’s dismay—Mark’s very well endowed ex-girlfriend who would be more than happy to reclaim her place by Mark’s side.
Zahler’s art is cheerful and colorful, the perfect fit for his warm-hearted story. Mark has the appropriately square-jawed face and Abby is pretty, but not so pretty as to be annoying, whereas Amazonia’s beauty is much more in-your-face, appropriate for her pushy character. Zahler’s panels are mostly just squares, but they fit the crisp, clean look of his art and keep the book easy on the eyes. Which is perfect, since this kind of romantic comedy should be a relaxing read. Readers don’t need any knowledge of superheroes to enjoy the story, though if they have a rough idea who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-man are then they’ll get the majority of the jokes. For readers looking for something different, who want a laugh or two, or who love romantic comedies, Love and Capes is a fun read and well worth the time.