Comic reviews: “Love and Capes: Ever After” #4, #5

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Written by: Thom Zahler
Art by: Thom Zahler

Yes, I’m a bit late reviewing this one versus the first three installments, but better late than never (yes, SPOILERS)…

These two issues wrap up the miniseries (and, for now, this cast of characters) in the same enjoyable manner as the other books. Issue #4 sees two stressful moments for our heroes: Amazonia meeting Darkblade’s parents, and Mark and Abby dealing with tax time. We get to see more characterization and backstory given for Paul, who apparently behaved more like Tony Stark than Bruce Wayne in his youth (plus his father’s way of resolving such being a plot point). Mark, meanwhile, is particularly stressed out by tax time this year, which cues some amusing moments, most of them involving the upsides and downsides of super-speed.

Issue #5, although it has some comedic moments, is much more serious in tone, as the cast deals with the death of a fellow hero, Windstar. The usual cliches about superhero deaths are addressed (such as a scene where the heroes examine Windstar’s body to ensure he’s not a robot, clone, alternate-universe counterpart, etc.). In a change from the previous issues’ focus on Darkblade, Windstar gets more focus, as we learn about his background and family, both in the present and through flashbacks. Other characters get some focus as well, as we see Charlotte’s graduation from art school and Jason’s plans to make a student film. Finally, the story ends with Mark and Abby in a surprising (but for these two, logical) development.

And that’s all for now. When I talked to Mr. Zahler at his booth at this year’s C2E2, he noted he was working on ideas for a possible new series. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with…

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