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Planet Of The Capes Paperback – May 11, 2004

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Everybody knows there are no superheroes in this world. But why assume that this is the only world? Physics seems to smile, however thinly, on the notion of parallel universes, and writers have always re-ordered reality as they pleased, or there wouldn't be superhero stories at all. Dan Jolley and Tony Harris did a bang-up job with a world in which superheroes exist in The Liberty Files [BKL My 15 04], and Young and McKinney also entertain by first offering a superhero-sodden existence much like this reality--for instance, complete with celebrity-autograph hounds who aren't above the pretense of being in trouble to attract overly serious, caped crime fighters--and then tossing superpowered analogs of Superman, Batman, the Hulk, and, perhaps, Alan Moore's Promethea into this world, where they don't all behave well. Cast mostly in the virtuosic black-and-white that is AiT/Planet Lar's house distinction, with a central flashback in color a la 1950s comic books, this amusing caper zips along so quickly that it seems more graphic novella than novel. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: AiT/PlanetLar (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932051201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932051209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,182,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OMG, what a waste of my money and time. I've read many of Mr Young's rants about crappy comics and how his publishing comic works hard to put out quality stuff. I remember reading some early reviews about this book and how it was a realistic take on superheroes.. After reading the book I now wonder if these reviewers were friends of the writer or just sucking up. The story starts out fairly nice and then....well it just seems to go NOWHERE. Save your money.
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By R. Benson on November 16, 2008
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There's a very interesting story here in spite of the obvious character imitations. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it's a very thin book with little time to develop characters and settings, and while the general plot regarding super heroes coming to a more realistic world and having conflicting opinions on what to do about it is intriguing and could have made a very good mini-series. There area a few good lines, too, such as the inevitable tagline, "Nobody learns anything. Everybody dies." With limited build-up, though, even that line falls flat, as does the rest of the book.
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The story begins (as too many comics do these days) with thinly veiled versions of iconic heroes running around a world like our own. They're moderately interesting however just as we get to know them an accident transports them to another Earth without superheroes.

The thinly-veiled Superman character goes nuts, kills the others and dies at the hands of the Batman clone.

The end.

The back cover promises "Nobody learns anything. Everybody dies." Well at least they're honest.

Skip it.
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