A Review: CLOAKS #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CLOAKS #1 from BOOM! Studios. Caleb Monroe writes, Mariano Navarro draws and Gabriel Cassata colors.

Adam is a young street magician, and a really good one. He also “works the crowd,” but he donates his “earnings” to the orphanage he grew up in. He ends up cornered while opening a safe, and gets taken to a mysterious location. He’s then promptly recruited (though he’s not sure what for) by someone from his past.

This type of story – sneak thief gets hired into shadowy organization – can be a really exciting one if done right. And I think this one is being done right. Adam is far from your usual suspect in this, for example, and he’s established as a really likeable character. The organization is a major mystery point, too, and then there’s the surprise character at the end (no spoilers here). The nice art does a great job of helping to build the illusions along the way.

One thing comics doesn’t have many of is the modern-day, mundane adventure mystery (without tons of violence, anyway). This book has a wide-open market in that regard, and it looks like it will fill the gap very well. And have some fun along the way.

CLOAKS #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )