Hot news: New Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Secret Wars series announced without Captain Britain?

So hot off the press from Blastr.com comes the news of a Captain Britain Secret Wars series Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders, written by Al Ewing and drawn by Alan Davis, but is Captain Britain actually in it ?

Captain Britain and the Mighty defenders

 

Starring Faiza Hussain in a return to the Captain Britain role along with White Tiger,She Hulk, Kid Rescue and Hobie Brown the series is described by Marvel as…

” Welcome to Battleworld – where, in what’s left of Mondo-City One, Boss Cage is the law!

– When the fascist futuropolis annexes neighboring Yinsen City, who’ll stand up for Ho Yinsen’s dream of universal peace?

– If you liked the Mighty Avengers — you’ll love the Mighty Defenders! ”

Ewing adds more detail to the above statement in his interview firstly the location…

” We’re set on the border between two smaller principalities – I don’t know if we’re even on the map, unless there’s been an update recently. On the one hand, we have the fascist futuropolis of Mondo City, originally invented by Jeff Parker, which is an analogue for a certain sci-fi mega-city I’ve written about in the past, one that British comic readers – and fans of cool, cult sci-fi movies – will be very familiar with. It’s ruled over by the Bosses, who are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Boss Cage, aging but still undefeatable clone of Luke Cage’s grandson Danny.

On the other hand, we’ve got Yinsen City, from an alternate world I made up in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier, where Ho Yinsen survived the origin of Iron Man instead of Tony Stark, and used his own medical tech to create the Rescue Armor. His influence turned Marvel-Earth into a utopia of peace and plenty, peacefully colonizing space. As you can imagine, when Mondo City decides it wants some of that peace and plenty for itself – all in the name of the law, or course – the kind and generous people of the Yinsenverse are going to have trouble standing in their way. Or are they?”

So there’s a very interesting background, but what we really want to know is why not Brian Braddock, why Faiza? Ewing responds:

“I just wanted to give Faiza-Cap another go in the spotlight. It was a bit sad for me that  … her timeline had already been erased when she got the title. So, since I had the opportunity on Battleworld to revisit old timelines and alternate universes, I figured that’d be one to come back to for another visit.”

So where is the original Captain Britain in all this? Ewing if he knows isn’t telling so here’s my speculation.

1) Cap dies at the end of Time Runs Out – This isn’t true according to Marvel’s Battleworld map which shows him in High Avalon, but that could be another Cap, maybe the Ultimate Universe one?

2) Cap has been promoted and has now taken his rightful place in the Avengers so will be appearing in that title.

3) Marvel are going to launch a European Avengers title with Cap as the squad leader.

All this is pure speculation, I’m certainly going to pick up Mighty Defenders as it has a great writer/artist team and a fun concept that has caught my imagination.

What do you think of the news? Will you pick up Mighty Defenders? Where is Captain Britain? Sound off in the comments below.

 

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Wanted: Captain Britain artist. UPDATED

Please note that due to the high levels of response Aveners UK cannot accept anymore applicants. Future projects may require new artists so please keep an eye on the Facebook page for any annoucements. – 25/03/15 10:30am GMT
Today the Captain Britain Blog is teaming up with the Avengers UK Facebook site to help them find a new comic book artist for their work.
Avengers UK is a hugely popular fan based comic book site producing excellent adventures featuring all the stars of the Marvel UK universe, check out their work here. They have so many great ideas brewing that they need a new artist to help them and that’s where you come in.
Avengers Uk Deaths head

Avengers UK Death’s Head one-shot cover.

If you are an artist who fancies working on a comic book to be published on the Avengers UK site then please get in touch with them by messaging them via their Facebook site – just click this link.
Please be aware…
This is not a paying job but you will get to see your work credited and featured on the Avengers UK Facebook page.
A knowledge of Captain Britain and Marvel UK would be advantageous.
The work required is just for one comic that it is hoped will come out late this year or early next year. Even if you aren’t an artist please forward this message to anyone you know who might be interested.
Avengers UK Revolutionary War

Avengers UK Revolutionary War Aftermath

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Captain Britain celebrates St Patrick’s day.

To celebrate St Patrick’s day here’s a picture of Captain Britain with the Irish super hero Shamrock

Captain Britain and Shamrock

The pic is taken from Contest of Champions mini series, and well our heroes might eye each other suspiciously as it seems Cap is staring at Shamrock’s posterior – though I’m sure if he was it was an accident.

Anyway happy St Patrick’s day to one and all.

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Does Jim Cheung’s Captain Britain sketch show Cap’s future?

I spotted this New Avengers Captain Britain sketch by Jim Cheung on Instagram today. Notice anything interesting…

Jim Cheung captain Britain avengers

Now if this sketch posted a couple of weeks ago is from Time Runs Out did you spot two things, Captain Britain has it seems two eyes and definitely no beard !

Cheung hash tagged the picture….

#Beast #CaptainBritain #Avengers #NewAvengers#MarvelComics #Marvel #mcu #cover #pencils #Inks#process #WIP #JimCheung

So it seems it’s a cover; maybe an unannounced variant for Avengers Time Runs Out ?

The art got me thinking that Avengers Time Runs Out might end with Cap restored to his full binocular-visioned non-beardy glory. OK, I’ve been wrong before and since when has a recent comic book cover ever really represented the story inside, but I thought I’d share the art anyway.

Feel free to post your own speculation or put me right in the comments below.

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The Complete Captain Britain comic guide. Issue 6: Havoc at Heathrow.

Welcome to week six of the Captain Britain Blog’s ongoing review of Captain Britain’s Seventies adventures. Full details of how the review works can be found here, then after reading that why not enjoy….

Havoc at Heathrow

Captain Britain issue 6. November 17th 1976

Writer: Chris Claremont

Artists: Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida

Captain Britain issue 6

The story so far: It’s Captain Britain verses the Hurricane round 2, as they square off against the background of the UK’s biggest airport, Heathrow. As the battle rages Hurricane employs his deadly wind blasts, and even throws a petrol tanker at Captain Britain who still manages to hold his own. However when Hurricane crashes a jet on Cap and then starves him of air it’s all too much for our hero who passes out.

Captain Britain awakens to find himself strapped to the jet engines of Concorde which the dastardly Hurricane plans to start to suck him in and kill him

You have been watching: No one new is introduced this week.

Continuity: Concorde is referred to by its full title, Concorde SST, the SST stands for supersonic transport.

Hurricane correctly refers to Concorde’s engines as Olympus turbojets. Though to be pedantic they are actually Olympus 593 Mark 610 turbo jets.

Hurricane’s power stems from his nuclear powered backpack.

The issue notes Heathrow has had its fill of trouble from terrorists to martial arts battles. The battle in question takes place in Iron Fist 3 from the Seventies and the terrorist troubles may refer to the real world incident in 1974 when the IRA planted bombs in Heathrow’s car park.

Stand out art: Captain Britain enters Heathrow in a way only a hero can, blasted through a wall.Captain Britain issue 6 Cap enters Heathrow

Well said old chap: The Hurricane brags about his powers; including how apparently advantageous it is to be able to blast a straw through an oak tree.

Captain Britain issue 6 Cap is powerless as Hurricane brags

Final thoughts: After the last issues science-heavy theme comes a whole issue of what heroes do best, battle super villains with no limits on the destruction. Setting the chaos and carnage at Heathrow is a nice touch that grounds Cap to the UK but doesn’t feel too Ukish if that makes sense. I love how Hurricane realizes he really needs to throw something big at Cap as he survives a blast through a wall and a petrol tanker, so settles on a jet plane. Luckily Cap escapes and is only really defeated due again to his lack of flight powers when Hurricane takes to the air and he can’t get up there to do battle. Really it’s all an excuse for some great action and a pulse pounding cliff hanger reminiscent of Batman 66.

Read the review of issue 5 here.

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Honoring the Captain Britain Corps and its greatest members – Day 4: Spider-UK

Welcome to the final day of mourning on the Captain Britain Blog as we remember the Captain Britain Corps who were so cruelly taken from us last week. Each day we are going to look at some of the best members of the Corps and celebrate the incredible diversity and strength of the best inter-dimensional super hero team that ever was.

On our last day we honor Spider-UK.

Hold on you’re probably saying Spider-UK isn’t dead, and you would be correct. You see after three days of mourning I decided it’s time for the wake.

Spider Man Captain Britain Corps

While I miss the Captain Britain Corps I don’t want to end my thoughts about them on a melancholy note, and instead thought we should end our  memorial with a positive vibe. So today we will honour one of the last two Corps members left alive, Spider-UK.

Spider-UK or William Braddock to give him his proper name came to Earth to aid Spider-Man in the Marvel Spider-Verse event, unable to return to his home dimension after helping defeat Spidey’s foes he formed the Warriors of the Great Web to help any alternate universe calling out for a Spider-Man’s help. Now call me cynical but isn’t that just the Captain Britain Corps, but I’m not going to end this week of mourning on such a note, only to say let’s hope on their adventures the Warriors find a way to resurrect the Corps. Spider-UK comes from a proud heritage of some of Marvel’s bravest inter-dimensional warriors and surely if he survives Secret War then the time is ripe for him to meet up with Captain Britain and resurrect the Corps or put a new one together.

So as the mourning ends take off your black armbands, walk away from the grave and remember the good things about the Corps. Remember every inter-dimensional cat saved from every inter-dimensional tree, remember their triumph over the Fury but most of all remember them all, because some day they will return

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Honoring the Captain Britain Corps and its greatest members – Day 3: Captain Granbretan

Welcome to day three of a week of mourning on the Captain Britain Blog as we remember the Captain Britain Corps who were so cruelly taken from us last week. Each day we are going to look at some of the best members of the Corps and celebrate the incredible diversity and strength of the best inter-dimensional super hero team that ever was.

Today we honor Captain Granbretan.

captain granbretan by Grant Morrison

Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a Smith’s album cover and perhaps the only Captain Britain Corps member to be killed by his own suit, Captain Granbretan’s sad story can be read here. Created by Grant Morrison and John Stokes, Captain Granbretan’s other claim to fame is that he was the only Corps member to ever be introduced in a text story, which was published in Captain Britain 13 from 1986.

Captain Granbretan aka Paul Peltier was unique in that he was a Corps member who was not actually a mutant or super powered individual like the majority of the members. While he may not have been as honorable as his team mates his underlying  tragedy shows that the Corps can be flawed, and by that be a more believable super hero team than the JLA or the Avengers in my eyes. Captain Granbretan never returned from the dead making his story and the Corps or the more powerful than some super teams that seem to have a revolving door policy for “dead” members.

Join us for the rest of the week as we continue to honor the Captain Britain Corps and its finest members.

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