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Capes and Cowls is a Reddit-based Shared Universe containing a variety of superhero-themed Web Original Fiction. It's focused on non-traditional takes on the superhero genre.

The four stories so far are:

  • Damocles, about a hired gun killing superheros on behalf of the U.S. Government.
  • Dental Repair, about a dental hygienist doing illicit dental work for vigilantes.
  • Johnny Quantum, about a sentient lab accident with Ward Cleaver's personality and Reality Warping powers.
  • Winston Luxard, about a washed up mentor of a deceased vigilante working to train the next generation.

Each series just started and is still actively updating, and more series are on the way! You can read it all right here.


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Capes And Cowls contains examples of:

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Johnny Quantum, obvi.
  • Badass Normal: The majority of the cast, thus far. Despite living in a world full of superheros, a lot of protagonists are pretty normal people.
  • Civvie Spandex: Damocles dresses more-or-less normally, with the addition of a clockwork mask. Johnny Quantum couples a spandex mask with a button down and slacks.
  • Freak Lab Accident: The prevailing theory on where Quantum came from.
  • Innocent Bystander Series: Dental Repair is about a dental hygienist in a superhero world.
  • Retired Badass: Winston Luxard starts out wanting out of the superhero game.


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