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New York Times Best Seller Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key co-creator. This deluxe hardcover includes: The Cape illustrated by Zach Howard, The Cape: 1969 illustrated by Nelson Daniel, Thumbprint illustrated by Vic Malhotra, Kodiak ill New York Times Best Seller Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key co-creator. This deluxe hardcover includes: The Cape illustrated by Zach Howard, The Cape: 1969 illustrated by Nelson Daniel, Thumbprint illustrated by Vic Malhotra, Kodiak illustrated by Nat Jones, and Wraith illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III.


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New York Times Best Seller Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key co-creator. This deluxe hardcover includes: The Cape illustrated by Zach Howard, The Cape: 1969 illustrated by Nelson Daniel, Thumbprint illustrated by Vic Malhotra, Kodiak ill New York Times Best Seller Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key co-creator. This deluxe hardcover includes: The Cape illustrated by Zach Howard, The Cape: 1969 illustrated by Nelson Daniel, Thumbprint illustrated by Vic Malhotra, Kodiak illustrated by Nat Jones, and Wraith illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III.

30 review for Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    IDW collects some of Joe Hill's comics adapted from his stories. I really liked The Cape and The Wraith. The others range from fair to poor. Reviews for each story are linked below: The Cape - When a slacker finds his childhood cape, he finds it allows him to really fly. The Cape: 1969 - A so-so origin story for The Cape. Thumbprint - A disgraced soldier is stalked. Kodiak - A man retells how he was mauled by a bear. The Wraith - Charlie Manx from NOS4A2 returns to take some escaped convicts to Chris IDW collects some of Joe Hill's comics adapted from his stories. I really liked The Cape and The Wraith. The others range from fair to poor. Reviews for each story are linked below: The Cape - When a slacker finds his childhood cape, he finds it allows him to really fly. The Cape: 1969 - A so-so origin story for The Cape. Thumbprint - A disgraced soldier is stalked. Kodiak - A man retells how he was mauled by a bear. The Wraith - Charlie Manx from NOS4A2 returns to take some escaped convicts to Christmasland.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Does Joe Hill write novels or graphic novels? Answer: both equally and very well! This collection showcases 4 of Hill's graphic novel series (5 if you split the two Cape storylines). I know that a few of them are based on his novels and short stories, but I am not sure if all of them are. So, I suppose I could re-answer my first question to say that he writes novels and stories that lend themselves very well into graphic novels. The art throughout this collection varies. But, I enjoyed each in the Does Joe Hill write novels or graphic novels? Answer: both equally and very well! This collection showcases 4 of Hill's graphic novel series (5 if you split the two Cape storylines). I know that a few of them are based on his novels and short stories, but I am not sure if all of them are. So, I suppose I could re-answer my first question to say that he writes novels and stories that lend themselves very well into graphic novels. The art throughout this collection varies. But, I enjoyed each in their own way and they were well selected to illustrate the source material. Creepy, dark, and humorous when it needs to be - just a lot of fun to look at! If you are looking for some creepy tales for Halloween (or maybe for Christmas) this would be a great place to look!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    Just a quick review for this one! I'd already read Wraith so there was only 3 graphic novels to read in this collection: The Cape, Thumbprint and Kodiak. I have to say, The Cape was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So dark and sinister. Haunting. But the other 2 kinda let me down! I just didn't think they were that great at all. Wraith, of course, was awesome, so felt like 3 stars was a happy medium for this entire collection. Just a quick review for this one! I'd already read Wraith so there was only 3 graphic novels to read in this collection: The Cape, Thumbprint and Kodiak. I have to say, The Cape was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So dark and sinister. Haunting. But the other 2 kinda let me down! I just didn't think they were that great at all. Wraith, of course, was awesome, so felt like 3 stars was a happy medium for this entire collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I love Joe Hill's work in general, so when I realized there was an entire collection of graphic novel short stories that I hadn't read yet, I was pretty excited and had to get my hands on it immediately. The Graphic Novel Collection features mostly hits with a couple of misses, and since there are only a few stories, I'll break them down as such: → The Cape: I thought this was a really solid introduction to the collection. It starts off by showcasing a boy who believes his "cape" (really a mo I love Joe Hill's work in general, so when I realized there was an entire collection of graphic novel short stories that I hadn't read yet, I was pretty excited and had to get my hands on it immediately. The Graphic Novel Collection features mostly hits with a couple of misses, and since there are only a few stories, I'll break them down as such: → The Cape: I thought this was a really solid introduction to the collection. It starts off by showcasing a boy who believes his "cape" (really a modified baby blanket) is magical, but he has a traumatic accident and grows up to be fairly damaged due to that. As he reaches adulthood, he becomes cynical towards everyone in his life, and upon finding that magical cape, decides to seek revenge. It's really violent and pretty sad, but an extremely intriguing and fleshed-out story. → The Cape: 1969: The second story is actually a prequel to the first, in which we learn how the cape got its powers — through a freak incident occurring to the father of the boy from the first story — and, more heavily, the way trauma can break a human being and turn them into a monster. I liked this one a lot less, but I can appreciate the need for backstory that it fulfilled. → Thumbprint: A US veteran, discharged for abusing soldiers and civilians in the war in Iraq, finds herself in deep paranoia when she comes home and starts seeing hints of her past pop up. I think I'd have enjoyed this a lot more in an actual short story formatting, because it just didn't translate well to the graphic novel. It doesn't help that I strongly disliked the art style, and was horribly uncomfortable with a lot of the dialogue (though I know that was part of the point, to make the reader face how awful the happenings in Abu Ghraib were). → Kodiak: A couple of boys meet a scarred man who tells them the story of how he got his scars — by fighting a vicious bear while being held captive in his youth. I thought this one was fun enough, even though it didn't hold any similarity at all to what I typically expect from Joe's writing (I don't even think I'd call it horror). → The Wraith: Finally, the collection ends with this graphic novel about Charlie Manx, the terrifying, vampire-esque villain from NOS4A2. Charlie is genuinely one of the most awful, worrisome, love-to-hate-him villains I've ever seen in my life, so I was excited to spend more time in Christmasland, and this graphic novel did not disappoint in the slightest. You could definitely read this without having read NOS4A2, but I wouldn't recommend it, because the full story has such a deliciously dreadful, slow buildup to the big "reveal" of Christmasland and the children therein, that I think reading The Wraith first would be robbing yourself a little bit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The Cape was the best story by far. The rest kind of meh. Just buy "The Cape" Graphic novel. The Cape was the best story by far. The rest kind of meh. Just buy "The Cape" Graphic novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brett Plaxton

    While Wraith is definitely the standout in this collection, I had read it in the Spring and read the other stories. The Cape stories were great and I can’t wait to check out the Cape: Fallen now. Thumbprint was interesting and Kodiak was a quick, fun little story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    This collection is a real mixed bag of unsettling graphic adaptations of Joe Hill-penned shorts. Maybe we'll just go through story by story? The Cape: A loser discovers that his childhood cape gives him the power of flight. Anddd (view spoiler)[he chooses to be a villain (hide spoiler)] . The power-trip antics grow wearisome almost immediately. 2/5 The Cape 1969: An origin story for the first Cape tale, this one stars the loser's father as a Vietnam POW. It's intriguing and exciting, but should hav This collection is a real mixed bag of unsettling graphic adaptations of Joe Hill-penned shorts. Maybe we'll just go through story by story? The Cape: A loser discovers that his childhood cape gives him the power of flight. Anddd (view spoiler)[he chooses to be a villain (hide spoiler)] . The power-trip antics grow wearisome almost immediately. 2/5 The Cape 1969: An origin story for the first Cape tale, this one stars the loser's father as a Vietnam POW. It's intriguing and exciting, but should have been a single issue. The drawn-out battle is stupid and there really aren't any revelations about why the cape allows anyone to fly. 2/5 Thumbprint: A soldier returns from a traumatic shift at Abu Ghraib. Like most of the characters in this collection, she is not a good person. She's also haunted by her past - and someone leaving thumbprint messages. The big reveal is odd and dumb, but the art is pretty good. 3/5 Kodiak: Russian circus performer defeats a massive bear. Weird, short fairy tale? Eh, at least it was quick. 2/5 Wraith: I planned to skip this one, the longest story in the collection, since I haven't read Joe Hill's Nosferatu. But then I dug into the prologue, a backstory for the book's villain, and found myself intrigued. So I pressed on. The main tale in Wraith starts off abysmally - a handful of prisoners chatter relentlessly about nothing until the villain snatches them up in his black Rolls Royce. The prisoner's escape from Christmasland was much more rousing. The epilogue, a text-heavy, twisted version of the prologue, was probably my favorite bit. 3/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    The first three of these stories were horror in my less favorite vein, where the main character of the story is not the/a good guy. I prefer a story where I'm rooting for the protagonist against something horrifying, rather than just witnessing them wreak havoc on innocent - or even guilty - people. I still quite enjoyed The Cape, a super dark and intense story. The Cape: 1969 was a letdown as a prequel for me. Thumbprint was interesting but didn't wholly come together into a coherent story. Fin The first three of these stories were horror in my less favorite vein, where the main character of the story is not the/a good guy. I prefer a story where I'm rooting for the protagonist against something horrifying, rather than just witnessing them wreak havoc on innocent - or even guilty - people. I still quite enjoyed The Cape, a super dark and intense story. The Cape: 1969 was a letdown as a prequel for me. Thumbprint was interesting but didn't wholly come together into a coherent story. Finally, Kodiak was my favorite and surprised me with its tenderness in contrast to the rest of this collection.⁣

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This is a beautiful and quite heavy collection of Joe Hill's graphic stories. Not for snuggled up bed time reading. I had read The Cape and Thumbprint in 20th Century Ghosts, but The Cape was expanded in this form. The Cape and The Cape 1969 were good, though I did like 1969 better. Kodiak was a fun story that plays a bit into the power of storytelling and how legends can begin. The Wraith, the tie-in to NOS4A2, is so good though. It's not necessary to have read the novel (though why wouldn't you This is a beautiful and quite heavy collection of Joe Hill's graphic stories. Not for snuggled up bed time reading. I had read The Cape and Thumbprint in 20th Century Ghosts, but The Cape was expanded in this form. The Cape and The Cape 1969 were good, though I did like 1969 better. Kodiak was a fun story that plays a bit into the power of storytelling and how legends can begin. The Wraith, the tie-in to NOS4A2, is so good though. It's not necessary to have read the novel (though why wouldn't you?) but it's a great companion that fills in the character of Charlie Manx.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Joe Hill's name is on the cover more as a brand than as a contributor. Most of these stories are adapted by another writer and just sort of fall flat. The final story, "Wraith," with an actual Joe Hill script manages to bring this book up to three stars. Joe Hill's name is on the cover more as a brand than as a contributor. Most of these stories are adapted by another writer and just sort of fall flat. The final story, "Wraith," with an actual Joe Hill script manages to bring this book up to three stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    chvang

    A collection of Joe Hill's stories that were adapted into comic books. The first is "The Cape," which gets two stars. It's about a man who gets superpowers: flight. (view spoiler)[Seriously. Spoilers. He's a loser and feels inadequate, especially compared to his brother, who went to Harvard and is a doctor in Boston. His girlfriend, a nurse and originally his brother's almost-girlfriend, believes in him. Don't know why. But she's talking to his brother about getting him out of his years-long funk, A collection of Joe Hill's stories that were adapted into comic books. The first is "The Cape," which gets two stars. It's about a man who gets superpowers: flight. (view spoiler)[Seriously. Spoilers. He's a loser and feels inadequate, especially compared to his brother, who went to Harvard and is a doctor in Boston. His girlfriend, a nurse and originally his brother's almost-girlfriend, believes in him. Don't know why. But she's talking to his brother about getting him out of his years-long funk, and, consumed by jealousy and feelings of inadequacy, he lashes out at her. They break up. He moves back home. He finds his childhood cape. He dons it. And it turns out he can fly. So naturally he flies back to his girlfriend to prove that he's not really a loser. Unfortunately, as he gets to her window, she's on the phone with his brother, talking about him, and this is when the story takes an unexpected turn. He shows her his flying superpower and leads her on ... then drops her to the ground, killing her. Instead of telling the usual story of guy with superpowers using it to fight crime, he's a selfish individual who uses it selfishly. (hide spoiler)] That would've been a good story. It's an intriguing premise, the main character has depth, the artwork is good ... (view spoiler)[but it goes overboard. I can believe that he'll use it to cover his tracks, even escalating to killing the investigating officers, but the way he does it was ridiculous. Or the way he then goes after his mom, escalating to him taking down the airplane she was on. Much harder to swallow. And the conclusion was unsatisfying. (hide spoiler)] So despite its strengths, the story is ultimately warranted two stars. The second story, "The Cape: 1969" is a prelude to "The Cape" and deals with the origin of the cape. It gets one star. It's a story about the father of the main character from "The Cape". He was a US Army helicopter pilot flying a medical copter during the Vietnam War. He's shot down, captured by Vietcong, and gets flying powers (view spoiler)[--there's a witch-doctor involved. And hints that the powers turns people into raging killers, which might explain the first story. But the villains are caricatures, the characters one-dimensional, and the plot generic. It's also completely unnecessary. (hide spoiler)] The third story, "Kodiak", an incredibly short and gets one and a half stars. It would've done well as a prologue to a larger story or as a character's backstory, but it fails to stand on its own. The fourth, "Thumbprint," gets a very reluctant two stars. Your mileage may vary and give it three. It's about a Iraq War veteran, who was involved in the Abu Ghraib tortures. She wasn't caught along with her unit, but just barely. And is sent home, where she has trouble dealing and reintegrating back into civilian life. Then she gets these pages of paper, blank except for a thumbprint. But we don't know the context of them, so her freakout is jarring. That's the main reason for the two stars, instead of three. The twist, in the end, is a true twist, as it really does come out of nowhere and changes the entire narrative. The fifth, "Wraith," gets four stars and is the best story out of this collection. It left I'm seriously scared and unsettled. Like, I feel it in my bones and I'm afraid it's going to stay there for some time. The villain is seriously creepy. The story does fantastic job starting with a prologue first, giving him a backstory and setting the tone long before we meet him. And the character designs (those teeth!) really works. The story itself is about dreamscapes and is very surreal and nightmarish. It starts with a trio of prisoners being transported, when an escape plan goes awry. The convicts then call in a favor from a guy who can make them disappear, described as the "Houdini of the Highways." And one of the convicts, a child molester, has been using him to make bodies disappear. He takes them to Christmasland and it's not a euphemism for being dead, it's worse. I only recommend it if horror is really your thing, else stay away.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C.I. DeMann

    Very dark and gory. If that's what you're looking for, the stories and art are decent, but other than the first story (The Cape) I was mostly unimpressed. But it comes highly rated, so maybe real comic aficionados will see genius here that I'm not. Very dark and gory. If that's what you're looking for, the stories and art are decent, but other than the first story (The Cape) I was mostly unimpressed. But it comes highly rated, so maybe real comic aficionados will see genius here that I'm not.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susannah

    I really enjoyed Hill's series, Locke & Key, so I was curious to see how his stand-alone graphic novel stories would fare. This is a collection of five stories by Joe Hill, which, bar the last two stories, have all been adapted into comics single-handedly by Jason Ciaramella. Hill joins him in adapting the fourth story, and handles the last one by himself. This collection includes The Cape, The Cape: 1969, Thumbprint, Kodiak, and Wraith. The Cape is a very cool story, proving that not all heroes I really enjoyed Hill's series, Locke & Key, so I was curious to see how his stand-alone graphic novel stories would fare. This is a collection of five stories by Joe Hill, which, bar the last two stories, have all been adapted into comics single-handedly by Jason Ciaramella. Hill joins him in adapting the fourth story, and handles the last one by himself. This collection includes The Cape, The Cape: 1969, Thumbprint, Kodiak, and Wraith. The Cape is a very cool story, proving that not all heroes wear capes, and that not all who wear capes are heroes. My only critique is that the climax is a a bit drawn out. The art is done by Nelson Daniel, who also does the prequel, The Cape: 1969. The prequel is not really necessary, and does not add a lot to the original story, except to explain what happened to the boys' father. It has a strong theme of the futility of revenge, and the brutality of war, but once again the violent climax goes on for too long. The next story, Thumbprint, explores very similar territory. This time the war is in Iraq, and a returned soldier struggles with her inner, and outer, demons. The art is by Vic Malhotra. The next story, Kodiak, is a refreshing change of pace. Set in medieval times, it is about a man recounting a tall tale of his time fighting a champion bear. The art is by Nat Jones. Finally, the collection wraps up with a Wraith Prologue, story, and Epilogue. I have not read the novel Nos4A2, so I do not have any context outside of the graphic novel for these stories. But it is a very inventive tale of a man who makes a living as a chauffeur driving a Wraith model of car, and whose mind is able to make his visions become reality. The Prologue is his origin story, the main tale is about three criminals and two police officers who encounter him and his "children", and the Epilogue is a brilliant little prose story that dovetails beautifully with the Prologue. They are all illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. Altogether this a good introduction to the work of Joe Hill. All the tales are beautifully illustrated, and although obviously done by different artists, there is not a jarring jump in style between the four when you read the tales together.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacob A. Mirallegro

    None of these stories were awful but none really grabbed me that much. The Cape was probably my favorite but it felt so hopeless and melancholy that I can't really say I enjoyed it. Thumbprint had my favorite art and I liked the depth of personalities but I didn't really get the point of the story. Similarly I didn't fully get Kodiak or Wraith but at least Kodiak was short. Wraith felt too long to me and it still didn't do as much as I would've expected. Again I didn't think any of these were re None of these stories were awful but none really grabbed me that much. The Cape was probably my favorite but it felt so hopeless and melancholy that I can't really say I enjoyed it. Thumbprint had my favorite art and I liked the depth of personalities but I didn't really get the point of the story. Similarly I didn't fully get Kodiak or Wraith but at least Kodiak was short. Wraith felt too long to me and it still didn't do as much as I would've expected. Again I didn't think any of these were really bad but definitely not near the same caliber as Locke and Key or his current Hill House comics.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Awesome stuff, particularly "The Cape" and "Wraith." Awesome stuff, particularly "The Cape" and "Wraith."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Awesome book! Finished it just in time for NOS4A2. 5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fahad Ahmed

    As amazing as Joe Hill's novels are, the thing he's really famous for is comics. To be more precise, Locke and Key. Well, this isn't Locke and Key, but this book does contain a few other graphic novellas. Here's how that breaks down: The Cape: The thing that Hill has in common with Stephen King is an absolutely insane imagination, and yet the specific insanity of that imagination is also what sets them apart. So it was kinda disappointing to read The Cape and turns out it's just another of those As amazing as Joe Hill's novels are, the thing he's really famous for is comics. To be more precise, Locke and Key. Well, this isn't Locke and Key, but this book does contain a few other graphic novellas. Here's how that breaks down: The Cape: The thing that Hill has in common with Stephen King is an absolutely insane imagination, and yet the specific insanity of that imagination is also what sets them apart. So it was kinda disappointing to read The Cape and turns out it's just another of those stories where someone gets super powers and decides to do bAaAad things with them. Not great, not terrible, gonna give this a lower rating than 3.6 3/5 The Cape 1969: At one point in The Cape, it is mentioned that the patch on the super powered blanket/cape came home from Vietnam. On that flimsy little basis, we get the origin story of the cape. As a story, it's perhaps more interesting than The Cape was, but it's also an unnecessary origin story, so on the balance, it gets the same score as The Cape 3/5 Thumbprint: I don't know if I would tell you to get this book just for this story, but it is pretty good. I can't recall the horrors of Abu Ghraib being part of the backstory of any character I've ever seen, but Thumbprint is a pretty interesting and entertaining exploration of what happens when a soldier has to cut out their humanity to survive a war, and then they come home. Not essential, but a bright spot in the collection 3.5/5 Kodiak: In ye olde Europe, a guy kisses a noblewoman, which pisses off her brother, who then throws him into a dungeon with a bear, and the guy survives the encounter. There's nothing more to it than that, and it feels like an intermission in the book more than anything else 2.5/5 Wraith: NOS4R2 is one of my favorite books I've read in 2020, so you best believe I was interested in Wraith - that actually is the main reason I got this book in the first place. Some things about Wraith are good, some are not. Seeing Christmasland, with that weird-ass moon, was definitely good. Charlie Manx's backstory was good. But the overall story about how three prisoners and a cop have to survive Christmasland is so far removed from the kind of story of NOS4R2 was, it can be difficult to stay involved in it. Wraith does stick to the novel's themes of child abuse and parental love, but not in as interesting a way as the novel did. Fantastic artwork, though 3/5 Overall: 3/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darth

    This was my first Joe Hill "novel". He's definitely his father's son. Personally, I think that The Cape was the best story in this collection. Followed by Kodiak and Thumbprint. Wraith was godawful. It just didn't translate well into a comic format. Like, I can't even describe just how bad I thought I was. And it's sad too because, apparently, it's a story from the NOS4A2 universe. It kinda makes me never want to read that book. If it's seriously about Christmasland and a dude who drives a Rolls This was my first Joe Hill "novel". He's definitely his father's son. Personally, I think that The Cape was the best story in this collection. Followed by Kodiak and Thumbprint. Wraith was godawful. It just didn't translate well into a comic format. Like, I can't even describe just how bad I thought I was. And it's sad too because, apparently, it's a story from the NOS4A2 universe. It kinda makes me never want to read that book. If it's seriously about Christmasland and a dude who drives a Rolls-Royce around Colorado stealing children and turning them into flesh eating monsters I'll, uh, I'll pass. But yeah. The Cape was really good. I think, actually, that that one director guy everyone hated then loved pretty much stole the entire story for that movie about the evil Superman. James Gunn? Anyway. There it is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    "The Cape" was amazing! Art, story, all of it! A little boy's cape becomes a grown up man's cape. And it ain't good! (I mean the results, not the story. The story is awesome!) "The Cape:1969" is not nearly as good, but it gives us the background of how the little boy's cape got its powers. It's set during the Viet Nam War, and is about the little boy's father. And it has this awesome quote, by the father, "... I kissed a dead guy and then killed a shit-load of people... toasted them all into cris "The Cape" was amazing! Art, story, all of it! A little boy's cape becomes a grown up man's cape. And it ain't good! (I mean the results, not the story. The story is awesome!) "The Cape:1969" is not nearly as good, but it gives us the background of how the little boy's cape got its powers. It's set during the Viet Nam War, and is about the little boy's father. And it has this awesome quote, by the father, "... I kissed a dead guy and then killed a shit-load of people... toasted them all into crispy bits." Gnarly. “Thumbprint” is from "Full Throttle" a collection of short stories by Joe Hill, and was among my favorites! It holds up well in this graphic novel format, and the artwork is wonderful, but the short story version was a bit better. “Kodiak” is a decent story, great artwork also, and a nice little ending! “Wraith” is a good prequel to "NOS4A2"! Again, good art and a good tale of how Christmasland, and Charles Manx, came to be! I liked the novel, and I liked this story too! Epilogue was so-so, sorta a prequel to the prequel. All-in-all, I was very impressed by this collection! Great art, engaging stories, and plenty of entertainment! Also, a good volume to read around Halloween, as I did! Thanks Mr. Hill! “A road map is a magic scroll and the rumble of the engine the most powerful incantation you can imagine.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe Martin

    As the son of one of america's best horror writers, Joe Hills stories tend to be a bit dark yet entirely engrossing and creative as you get deeper into fabric of the story, much like his father Stephen King. This collection of some of his other finer stories was a bit of a rollercoaster but overall was an enjoyable read for those who enjoy tales from the dark side of comics. From the less than heroic tale of "The Cape" to the origins sequel in "The Cape: 1969" to the highly anticipated followup t As the son of one of america's best horror writers, Joe Hills stories tend to be a bit dark yet entirely engrossing and creative as you get deeper into fabric of the story, much like his father Stephen King. This collection of some of his other finer stories was a bit of a rollercoaster but overall was an enjoyable read for those who enjoy tales from the dark side of comics. From the less than heroic tale of "The Cape" to the origins sequel in "The Cape: 1969" to the highly anticipated followup to NOS4A2, "Wraith". Each of these were my notable favorites in here while the other two "Kodiak" and "Thumbprint" were only alright and just passable under the term of enjoyable. Though these tales don't hold a candle to his magnum opus, "Locke & Key", its a worthy a read for those a fan of this work already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael T Roch

    A nice collection with THE CAPE, THE CAPE:1969, THUMBPRINT, KODIAK, and WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND. THE CAPE and THUMBPRINT are based on short stories with the same names. THE CAPE pretty much follows the short story, with additional back story in THE CAPE: FALLEN. THUMBPRINT changes a few details from the short story but essentially follows it. WRAITH is an interesting one. It adds some back story to NOS4A2. It does it in such a way that you can read either the graphic novel or the novel wi A nice collection with THE CAPE, THE CAPE:1969, THUMBPRINT, KODIAK, and WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND. THE CAPE and THUMBPRINT are based on short stories with the same names. THE CAPE pretty much follows the short story, with additional back story in THE CAPE: FALLEN. THUMBPRINT changes a few details from the short story but essentially follows it. WRAITH is an interesting one. It adds some back story to NOS4A2. It does it in such a way that you can read either the graphic novel or the novel without needing to read the other. That is neither depends on the other, but they complement each other.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan Regan

    Multiple stories all in one big book! I really enjoyed "The Cape" and the follow up "The Cape: 1969". "Thumbprint" was my least favorite in the collection. Did not care for the artwork and the story line was vague. "Kodiak" was the shortest story but my most favorite. I'm kind of a sucker for a good love story. "Wraith" was a good story as well but did not come close to how great "NOS4A2" was. It's a follow up story to Joe Hill's earlier novel with a lot of violence and messed up characters. That Multiple stories all in one big book! I really enjoyed "The Cape" and the follow up "The Cape: 1969". "Thumbprint" was my least favorite in the collection. Did not care for the artwork and the story line was vague. "Kodiak" was the shortest story but my most favorite. I'm kind of a sucker for a good love story. "Wraith" was a good story as well but did not come close to how great "NOS4A2" was. It's a follow up story to Joe Hill's earlier novel with a lot of violence and messed up characters. That is my only problem with some of Hill's work. He can write a good story but I find that I don't like any of his nasty characters so it leaves me with no one to route for.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ed Sarna

    The closest I've come to reading a graphic novel were comic books a long time ago. Not knowing what to expect, I was knocked out by the this book. While the stories originated with Joe Hill, the scripts and art work were from a variety of people. That said, the consistency was outstanding. This collection consists of five stories, with two of them joined in a most satisfying way. It's definitely not Archie and Veronica or even Superman and Batman. As expected from the author, there's violence, g The closest I've come to reading a graphic novel were comic books a long time ago. Not knowing what to expect, I was knocked out by the this book. While the stories originated with Joe Hill, the scripts and art work were from a variety of people. That said, the consistency was outstanding. This collection consists of five stories, with two of them joined in a most satisfying way. It's definitely not Archie and Veronica or even Superman and Batman. As expected from the author, there's violence, gore and surprises along the way. Two thumbs up. Great read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    cool collection of Joe hill comics, i had already read Wraith and like that one the best, the cape was great aswell, but its sequel felt really not neccecary. thumpprint was pretty cool, and kodiak was ok. Still would recommend this collection To Joe Hill fans because its very good production wise, and looks great on your shelf. The stories are pretty cool, but dont expect the quality of the Locke and Key books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wraith I'd already read before,but the others were new to me. The message behind The Cape was awesome. Kodiak I liked too. Thumbprint was not something I ever want to think about again.Too dark and gave me the same feeling as when I watched the Hostel movies.Not good feelings there.Overall I like Joe Hill's style of writing and this collection proved he can surprise us and there are definite yes's and no's in this world. Wraith I'd already read before,but the others were new to me. The message behind The Cape was awesome. Kodiak I liked too. Thumbprint was not something I ever want to think about again.Too dark and gave me the same feeling as when I watched the Hostel movies.Not good feelings there.Overall I like Joe Hill's style of writing and this collection proved he can surprise us and there are definite yes's and no's in this world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    I hated giving this book two stars since I have always enjoyed Joe Hill's work, but in this graphic novel collection most of the stories were just all out blood and gore fests and in my opinion, it doesn't take much creative talent to write those. I did enjoy "Wraith", but that was about the only story that I liked. I hated giving this book two stars since I have always enjoyed Joe Hill's work, but in this graphic novel collection most of the stories were just all out blood and gore fests and in my opinion, it doesn't take much creative talent to write those. I did enjoy "Wraith", but that was about the only story that I liked.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josée Leon

    I really enjoyed the stories in this dark graphic novel collection, except for Thumbrint which depicted brutal situations of war which no doubt reflect real-world realities. My favourite was probably The Wraith as it brought me back into the creepy world of Christmasland. It was interesting to get the story behind its creation. The illustrations for all stories were excellent!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Trei

    Great collection of Joe Hill's work including The Cape, Wraith and a couple one offs. Some were extraordinarily dark, in particular Wraith, but also super clever and engrossing. But be ready to do something silly upon finishing, cause it's a rough ride! Great collection of Joe Hill's work including The Cape, Wraith and a couple one offs. Some were extraordinarily dark, in particular Wraith, but also super clever and engrossing. But be ready to do something silly upon finishing, cause it's a rough ride!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cail

    "Wraith" was by far the strongest series in the collection. Creepy as all hell - Hill and the artist captured Christmasland with a surreal, sharp edge. The others were entertaining but felt undercooked with one-dimensional characters. "Wraith" was by far the strongest series in the collection. Creepy as all hell - Hill and the artist captured Christmasland with a surreal, sharp edge. The others were entertaining but felt undercooked with one-dimensional characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diana Marie Denza

    I only bought this for The Cape and The Cape: 1969, which were both dark and incredible. I read both these stories over a year ago, but the art and plot line are still fresh in my memory. The Cape is a tale of how loss, jealousy, and betrayal can consume a person. Read it!

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