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Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection PDF, ePub eBook 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 illustr 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. 4 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. 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.

  3. 5 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 modi 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chang

    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.

  8. 5 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. 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.

  10. 5 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brennan

    Slightly disappointing. I'm used to a very high standard from Joe Hill, and most of these stories were just forgettable. 'The Cape' was a good start to the collection, and was quite dark. However, it may have been better suited to its original short story form. It was definitely my favorite of the collection, although the story does go down hill part way through and goes a bit over the top. 'The Cape: 1969' had great artwork, but the story itself didn't do it for me. 'Thumbprint' was nothing spec Slightly disappointing. I'm used to a very high standard from Joe Hill, and most of these stories were just forgettable. 'The Cape' was a good start to the collection, and was quite dark. However, it may have been better suited to its original short story form. It was definitely my favorite of the collection, although the story does go down hill part way through and goes a bit over the top. 'The Cape: 1969' had great artwork, but the story itself didn't do it for me. 'Thumbprint' was nothing special in my eyes. Probably the most forgettable one of the bunch. 'Kodiak' was a quick and enjoyable story. Didn't leave a huge impact on me or anything, but I liked it. 'Wraith' was probably appropriate for a graphic novel as it was quite visual, but it didn't quite do it for me like 'N0S4A2' did. Perhaps I was in the wrong frame of mind for it, especially considering how long it was compared to the others. It was probably the best written of the collection if I'm being honest. I know Joe Hill's work can be great for graphic novels, as he made the Locke and Key series which is one of my favorite works. However, this collection - although pretty - was a bit of a let down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    Gotta say, IDW does things right. This is a big, fat, beautiful looking collection of Joe Hill's comic books stories. The only things not represented here (to my knowledge) are his Locke & Key work, and the collaboration with Stephen King, Road Rage. Most of this stuff I'd read before, but it was nice going back over it again. The Cape and it's prequel, The Cape 1969 are funny, creepy, gory, and guilty fun. Thumbprint was one I hadn't read before, and it didn't disappoint. I'm not the biggest Gotta say, IDW does things right. This is a big, fat, beautiful looking collection of Joe Hill's comic books stories. The only things not represented here (to my knowledge) are his Locke & Key work, and the collaboration with Stephen King, Road Rage. Most of this stuff I'd read before, but it was nice going back over it again. The Cape and it's prequel, The Cape 1969 are funny, creepy, gory, and guilty fun. Thumbprint was one I hadn't read before, and it didn't disappoint. I'm not the biggest fan of Kodiak but hey, one story's gotta be the worst, right? And then there's the tie-in to Hill's best novel, NOS4A2, The Wraith which is weird and good. Overall, if you've read most of his stuff, then just pick up the individual collections you're missing. If you haven't, this is an excellent starter pack. Then you can go read the best thing he's ever written. Locke & Key.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Vd

    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.

  18. 4 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Josée Leon (jo.in_bookland)

    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!

  20. 5 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    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!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    this brought together all the graphic novels I had read separately into one volume. nothing new to see here but nice to have one book with all in there.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annette Jordan

    Dark, disturbing but wonderful, particularly The Cape, Thumbprint and N0S4A2 tie in Wraith.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Fantastic and bizarre, like most things Joe Hill creates. Each tale a gory, suspenseful ride.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The comic font used it is a bit small. I had to hunt down a magnifying glass to get through Wraith. Break out the readers if you own them. I guess I'll have to go invest in a pair. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neil Pittman

    Great stuff. Story driven art.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colette

    Wraith was the BEST.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Overall: 3.3 The Cape: 4 The Cape 1969: 3 Thumbprint: 2 Kodiak: 3.5 Wraith: 4

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  30. 5 out of 5

    Reanna

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