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Wearing the Cape Paperback – July 10, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The backdrop described by Harmon is one we all recognize, it's an solid extrapolation of how our world today would be changed by the presence of superhumans, both good and bad. And we're not just talking about flight, super strength and invulnerability. Some serious powers are on display, powers that will make you think just how dangerous and thrilling a world with superheroes would be.
As a longtime comic book fan and avid player of "City of Heroes", this book is precisely what the doctor ordered. The characters, while some are excellent homages to easily recognized archetypes, are well written and their motivations are clear. I quickly became engrossed in Astra's story, thrilled at the discover of her powers and dreaded the evil she would face. I cheered on her allies and shook my fist at her foes.
I am a big fan of comic book universes and this one is going to be one of my favorites, in many ways it echoes some of the themes of Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" and if you know that series, then you know that this is not a bad thing.
Do yourself a favor, pick up this book and devour it like I have. Then move on to the sequels and encourage Harmon to keep spinning these wonderful tales.
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The real problems with the novel though lie in mostly two areas. The tone varies between pretty lighthearted and dark and dangerous. The transitions between the two are never very clear, and the really dark elements seem far too incongruous with the preceding lighter scenes. The author was likely trying to play with that element, but it comes off as grating since the author was playing with some rather nice interesting plot elements and pushed them back for some pretty bland high society scenes, which really added nothing to the novel but to show us that Hope/Astra has a wealthy connected family...Really those scenes should've been cut and summarized.
Also pretty problematic was Hope herself. At points you really feel for the character. She gone through a lot: cancer, a friends suicide, a dead sister, etc. And that's molded her into a rather strong individual and you can really feel that nicely. However, a lot of that good will is squandered with her friends the gratingly named, 'Bees' who have a bit too much page time given to them in this story. They added nothing to this story at all and were a complete waste of space for this narrative.Read more ›
So why did I only give the book 3 stars? Well first, there is a heavy young adult spin to it, and I didnt dig that part of it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So what would happen if superheroes appeared tomorrow. This book lays the foundation for that scenario. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Francis
Complex characters and dark undertones. Prepare to feel traumatized from beginning to end; this is a gritty story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S.L.
What an enjoyable story! The premise is intriguing--a world in which real-life superheroes have publicists, agents, and TV shows--but the hearts of the characters add tenfold to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luke Swanson
Afterwards they called it "The Event", or whatever that translated to in other languages. For a handful of seconds the entire world blanked out, from supercomputers, to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stormy Lou
When I found Wearing the Cape, I couldn't put it down. I was completely incapable of not reading. I read it at home, I read it in class, I read it when I should have been doing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Russell K.
Wearing the Cape, as a series, is pretty much the best set of superhero books out there right now, and this, the first novel in the series, is it's awesome, exciting start.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent foray into the world of superheroes and villains. Harmon presents us with a world where supers are a fairly recent development, but he doesn't waste too much time... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul L.
Great superhero story with an origin for supers that makes sense and allows for sensible origin stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chris
The writing can be a bit bare-bones at times but it's never dull. I started reading it as just another story, but before I even finished I found myself hopping online to download... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BMD