Ever since the introduction of the kid sidekick and the â€œpalâ€ character in superhero comics, kids young and old have fantasized about being that person.Â If the superhero world were real, and you couldnâ€™t be the secret pal of the hero, would you be willing to answer his phone calls and pick up her dry cleaning?
Struggling journalist Jimmy Lohman has it tough, his first day in Capitol City and heâ€™s involved in a hostage situation with the villain Gemini and the hero of the city – Edge.Â One thing leads to another, and desperate for any foot in the door he can get, Jimmy ends up as the assistant to the hero.Â As expected, there is a lot of shock and confusion as the newbie tries to wrap his mind around the fact that heroes do need help organizing their calendar so they know who theyâ€™re supposed to race around the world, answering calls from the commissioner, and responding to the millions of fan letters arriving daily.
Interestingly, in cinema, the final genre that emerges, signaling the essential end of the popularity of the current movie trend as the next one begins, is the spoof.Â The endless stream of FILL IN THE BLANK Movie is a perfect example.Â It seems comics have found their meme that also signals a change what readers want from their comics.Â Instead of the rockâ€™em sockâ€™em stories of the dark superhero, that ask you to suspend disbelief on every panel, comics today are attempting to put a realistic spin on superhero tales.Â The Boys, The Mighty, Irredeemable, and to an extent Invincible are examples of titles taking this approach, and Caped is getting in on the trend.
Thatâ€™s not necessarily a bad thing, as there are many disillusioned superhero fans who want to continue to read superhero adventures, just not told in the same way theyâ€™ve been reading them for the last 35 years.Â And thatâ€™s what makes Caped interesting.Â Readers donâ€™t have to wait until issue #5 for Jimmy to discover that his boss is really Edge. Those who pick up the issue, get a peek at Lobis and Moiselleâ€™s interesting take on the support structure of the superhero team, and while certain ideas are thrown in the readerâ€™s face very quickly, it comes across as natural, as the reader is seeing the world in a whole new way, just like Jimmy Lohman.
While the story is solid in its idea, and the art is good, the first issue seems a bit abrupt in the execution, as there are jumps in location and time that can cause the reader to have to go back and reread certain sections again to make the connection between Point A and Point B.Â It doesnâ€™t detract from the overall enjoyment of the issue, but was a concern for me.
Caped does it for me.Â I like the real world feel of the universe that has been created, and Iâ€™m interested in seeing how the cub reporter/turned assistant deals with a hero that turns out to be a little less than stellar once his methods are revealed.Â I want to see where the writers plan on taking the story, so I know Iâ€™m hooked for the rest of the series.Â If you are looking for something that doesnâ€™t have the graphic sex and violence like The Boys, Caped #1 is a good read and deserves 4 out of 5 Stars.