Thom Zahler’s cult tale of superhero romance and marraige is coming back from IDW with a new series, a baby and a a San Diego exclusive.

IDW Publishing is excited to announce LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT, the fourth installment of the Harvey Award-nominated comic book series. The fan-favorite “heroically super” romantic comedy by creator Thom Zahler is back with an addition to the cast, a super baby!

Mark and Abby are expecting, but they’re not telling anyone yet. Will they be able to keep the secret from Darkblade, the world’s best detective? Plus, Mark has a secret of his own.

“I’m thrilled to be able to tell another chapter in Mark and Abby’s adventures. And there’s no greater adventure than parenthood,” said Zahler. “Except, of course, for a fight for existence itself against an all-consuming galactic threat, and this book isn’t about that. Well, probably not. Fifty-fifty, tops.”


The first issue will be in stores in August, but a special “Baby Name” cover variant will be released in July during San Diego Comic-Con. The exclusive variant is drawn by Zahler and features Mark and Abby exchanging baby names. Fans will have a chance for Zahler to draw their name into Abby’s notepad, as another baby name idea for the couple. LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT will contain special guest inkers for the covers throughout the series including Sean Tiffany, Jerry Ordway, Mike Manley, Chris Bailey, and Rich Faber.

Fans looking to catch up on the series will be pleased to learn that the first three collections of Love and Capes will be reprinted and offered again in August. Also, the entire Love and Capes series is now available digitally from IDW and ComiXology. In addition, last February, Zahler offered a free digital six-page Love and Capes Valentine’s Day story that has never been printed. For those who missed it, click here to download the comic!

LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in August. Diamond order code JUNE12 0384.


  1. Awesome! I will definitely pick this up. FCBD now always makes me want a new issue of Love and Capes since Zahler did a FCBD issue for like 3 or 4 years in a row when he was self publishing.

    Very exciting.

  2. Debating if I should go for this in singles or get it collected like I did all the other Volumes of L&C.

    Specially when the odds are that Valentine’s Day comic will end up printed in the collected edition.

  3. Trev, I was thinking the saem thing. FCBD is the only time I would ever see a copy of Love and Capes.
    And except for the use of translucent word balloons, I thought each issue was terrific.

  4. I love the translucent ballons! I’m hoping this new mini will be better than the last one, which was, to my point of vue, the weakest of the title (a shame because it was the one whith the most chance to reach a new audience).
    The FCBD issue were sometimes a pain in the ass for me to find here (in France) and i’m ok with giving money for each issue:p (I aways wondered how they could afford so many FCBD free issues over the years).
    Can’t wait to read the new mini!