Cloaks #1 Review

Written by: Caleb Monroe

Art by: Mariano Navarro

Publisher: BOOM!

Do you like magic and illusions? Have you ever thought that there wasn’t enough politics or government operations involved? Well then Cloaks #1 is for you! BOOM Studios has, bizarrely if not slightly fitting,  teamed up with actor David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) to create a limited series that mixes illusion with government affairs.

Cloaks #1 begins with a boy named Adam grieving for his beloved guardian, John Blackstone, who was dubbed “The Master of Illusion”. Now, already alarm bells are ringing. But we will ignore them for now. It then skips four years ahead in time and Adam is now a young man who bumps into a lady on the streets on New York. She is looking for a park to go see a ”secret show” performed by a magician named ”The Kid”. This is where it gets interesting. Adam puts on a mask, revealing himself to be “The Kid”. This plot twist, although very early on in the story, took me by surprise and woke me up to what was happening in the story.

Adam then provides the show for his audience. However, he is then confronted by the Police but quickly escapes. Next we see, Adam is going to a dinner, providing the entertainment as “The Kid”. Little do the hosts know, he is tricking them out of their money and giving it to the orphanage he grew up in as a child. Through this, a very Robin Hood-esque character is created, with Adam  taking from the rich, giving to the poor and somehow ending up on the radar of a covert branch of a Black-Ops organization… wait, what?

The great thing is about Cloaks #1 is that there is something rather refreshing about their take on the classic Robin Hood story. In my opinion, the category has been done to death and it should end as soon as possible. But then, every once in a while, a story like Cloaks’ comes along and turns everything on it’s head and simply breathes a breath of fresh air into the genre.

The Art was OK, nothing that blew me away for example, the faces could have been a little more detailed, as at some points they look rather generic and unexciting. However, this does not bring the comic down by much, although I would love to see how it could improve by the use of slightly better art.

Overall, the story was very good, with plenty of plot twists along the way that kept me alert. The art could have been better, but was OK nonetheless. I’d recommend picking this up, acknowledging the flaws but simply reading and enjoying the story as it is interesting and a breath of fresh air to read.