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Wearing the Cape Paperback – July 10, 2011
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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.
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. They could've been used as a nice anchor for Hope to her old mundane life but that was not done. Instead we've got Hope associating with what are seemingly cardboard cutout 'popular' people. Through that interaction her character was soured. Artemis was a far more interesting and well written and deep character that really easily should have slotted in this place, and the 'Bees' should've been forgotten. This and some of Hope's other quirks became such a distraction for me that I came to really like 'Astra' and not be so high on 'Hope' which isn't really the best result for your protagonist.
Overall I do not regret this books purchase at all. Even though I gave this a three star review I've already purchased the sequel and am quite anxious to read more in this universe. The book was seemingly a start for the author and as such I don't expect perfection. But really there were too many things that irked me about the previous novel to give this a higher rating. I do highly recommend you purchase this story, but it is not flawless.