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Wearing the Cape: The Beginning

Wearing the Cape: The Beginning [Kindle Edition]

Marion G. Harmon
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"I was driving east on the Eisenhower Expressway when the Teatime Anarchist dropped the Ashland Avenue overpass on top of me, using enough C4 to bring the whole southbound span down at once."

Who wants to be a superhero?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic.

And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity.

Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.


"If you love comic-book superheroes, you'll love this.
"If you hate comic-book superheroes you'll still love this!
"The author takes a tired genre graphic-novel superhero concept and transforms it into a very readable, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book that I cannot recommend highly enough."

John Caterham

"Superhero fiction is so full of tropes that it's nearly impossible to write something new. Wearing The Cape manages that heroic feat, being both a classic superhero story and a new take on the genre all at the same time."

Selia (Portland, OR)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (April 22, 2011) (5 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,858 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Novel twist on the superhero platform 26 Oct 2014
By Jakeisthecoolest TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Admittedly, when I downloaded this book I assumed it was a graphic novel due to the nature of the content. My initial response was disappointment and I put the book to one side for a while. However, intrigued by the premise, I returned to Harmon's uniquely styled Origin story for Graduating schoolgirl, Hope Corrigan as she becomes, Astra, fledgling superhero and member of an elite superteam.
Firstly, this is an intro to a larger series and while this teaser clearly extends into a fuller novel, this instalment works well as a stand alone. This interesting perspective of telling a superhero story, without visuals, actually has a lot of merits. For a start it allows us follow the character in, if not more in-depth than a good graphic novel, certainly a unique first person point of view. Additionally, Harmon broaches some wider questions regarding superheroes in general that also broaden the experience.
In truth it is probably a disservice to compare this to a graphic novel, but while it is a good read, I'll probably still take my superheroes in six pane pages and generous helpings of onomatopoeic fisticuffs.
Still ths is well worth a read and potentially a great intro to what has signs of being a great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a graphic novel 20 Jun 2014
By Orion
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I downloaded this free from the graphic novel section, assuming it was a graphic novel. It is not, it is a novella.

It was an easy enough read but I found the writing style average, the plot was derivative and I will probably not be downloading or reading any more of this author's work.

Watchmen it is not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Nov 2014
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A little boring, could be a little more over the top!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 14 Aug 2014
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superhero Origin Story 16 Nov 2012
By R. Hudson - Published on
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"Like many people I read comics when I was young but I didn't keep reading them when they "grew up". While I will watch most movies made on comics just to see how they slaughtered it "this time" I have never been interested in reading prose on the subject and I read A LOT of prose of all kinds. Then I was given a copy of this book on the condition that I review it and give my honest opinion. (Free book and all I have to do is read it?) So I did... and I loved it.

I loved reading a book that treated "heroes" as people too. I loved reading a book where the main character doesn't have all the answers, isn't perfect, but is doing their best and making responsible decisions. I loved seeing how Hope grows and changes from her challenges and trials. How others impact her life and how she affects them in turn."

The above is the first part of my review for the book Wearing the Cape of which this is the first 13 chapters. I rated it a 5 because by the end of the book I had cried more then once and I like a book that can make me care that much. If you aren't sure that you want to purchase the full book by all means give this 'Beginning' a try. If you like it as much as I do then you know there is more to read. Not only the full Wearing the Cape but it's sequel Villains Inc. (Wearing the Cape) and the spin off novel Bite Me: Big Easy Nights.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by this one 17 Jun 2013
By Carolina Moon - Published on
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To be honest, while looking for some escapist fiction I came across this e-book and found myself loving it. Although I'm quite tired of teenage girls as uber heroines"Wearing the Cape" turned out quite delightful, to the extent I wound up buying two others in the series and am looking forward to the next installment. Astra is a character who grows rapidly on you. I was really surprised that I enjoyed this book so much, although I have to confess to being a former City of Heroes player looking for some good superhero genre fiction that would fill the void. It's a perfect summer read.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beginning well worth your time. 18 Dec 2012
By Barronmore - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
It was with a great deal of trepidation that I began "Wearing the Cape" but after my wife kept commenting about how much she enjoyed it I knew that I had to read it just to see what the big deal was . It's not that I hate the super hero genre (I don't), but I rather watch it then read it and from everything she had mentioned this book did just about everything I hate in books.

1. The book is 1st person viewpoint. I've never cared for the first person viewpoint.
2. The book's protagonist is female. Now, I have no problem with female characters but it does make it harder for a tech geek like me to relate to a prim and proper young lady.
3. This book has an 'event'. Fiat powers are like fiat currency, neither one is good. :).
4. It's a super hero book. I don't do super hero comics and I don't do super hero books.

Mr. Harmon has done the one thing that I've never seen 'real world' comics do...and that is to create the real world that happens to have super heroes. The world he portrays is OUR world, filled with realistic super heroes and the culture that surrounds them, used in a realistic way from FBI agents, to Search and Rescue, Super Construction crews, Flashy rock bands and so forth. The world of Hope Carrigan IS the main character, in my humble opinion and its' a character I have fallen in love with. This book is a great way of getting into the whole Wearing the Cape series at an unbeatable price. Take my word for it, you'll be glad to curl up with "Wearing the Cape" and enjoy a fresh, new look at the super hero genre.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but... 18 Dec 2013
By Sean P Hertzsch - Published on
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I really liked reading this story at first.The characters are likeable. The explanation for how the characters got their power is interesting and believable. (this is important for superheroesque stories IMHO).

All in all, I would like to continue reading this book, but after the first 100 or so pages, I was really tired of the Christian propaganda that was strewn throughout. When characters start to pontificate about their religion in a story, it had better have a really good plot point. There is definitely not a plot point here.

I actually checked to see if Kirk Cameron has any involvement with this series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start of a series (I hope) 2 July 2013
By MGrantNH - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's modern America, but there has been an unexplained "event" that has caused various superhero powers to manifest in ordinary people; many use them for good, but there are also villains. Our heroine is a mature teenager when the trauma of a terrorist act causes her powers to "wake up." And suddenly she's hanging with and being trained by the Chicago band-of-good-guys. And there is love and growth and courage and loss. I loved the premise and the way it was carried out, and I'm looking forward to a couple of more books in the same vein.
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