Planet of the Capes

    (AiT/Planet Lar, 2004)
™ and © 2004 Larry Young & Brandon McKinney

In a world in which super–heroes have been around since Colonial days, one group of heroes is transported to a world without any super–heroes at all, and the group members find themselves rethinking their world view.

That premise isn’t made clear until the story’s almost over. The first two–thirds of this story, devoted to introducing the characters, a running joke about autographs, and a color flashback, could have been compressed significantly, if the heroes had been transported much earlier. Then, writer Larry Young would have had more time to spend on the climax and resolution, which get only a couple of pages. Also, there’s not enough foreshadowing for the story’s eventual twist, so, when it happens, it comes out of left field.

The art is terrific. Brandon McKinney’s style evokes Tom Grummett and other modern super–hero artists. He’s got perspective and anatomy down and deserves a high–profile assignment with Marvel or DC.

The second–to–last page is extremely graphic: out of place compared to the rest of the story. Young went for shock value and succeeded, and then some.

— Steve Horton

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80 pages; Graphic novelLarry YoungBrandon McKinney