UK newspaper labels Captain Britain lame.

So I’m scouring the news from last week about Olivia Munn getting the role of Captain Britain’s sister Psylocke in Bryan Singer’s next X-Men film, when one article caught my eye.

It seems UK newspaper The Telegraph when reporting this casting news decided to give us their opinion on Captain Britain at the same time, and according to them he’s:

“Marvel’s rather lame Captain America spin-off.”

Now everyone is entitled to their opinions I have no issues with that, but when Captain Britain is labelled lame and a knock off character then I have to wonder why the writer feels that way without going into detail.

Certainly Captain Britain was influenced by Captain America, but his early career was based more on Spider-Man’s adventures see my article here. As for the lameness it cannot be denied that Captain Britain hasn’t always come out well depending on who was writing him at the time, but name me another hero who has had a stellar career from launch to present day, and has never gone through a “lame” patch.

Captain Britain and Thor patriotic speech

The never lame Captain Britain

 

Interestingly the Telegraph also produced this article about Captain Britain written from a much wider perspective and listing five odd – to me – reasons as to why we need him now, though I did love the inspired casting of Captain Britain at the end.

Yes I know I shouldn’t be surprised at a Captain Britain slur, hell sometimes I wonder if even his owners Marvel love him at all, but sometimes my cage is rattled too violently and then I have to try to get answers. Speaking of answers I’ve written to the Telegraph asking if they can elaborate on the “lame” labeling of Captain Britain, and offering to write for nothing an article that proves he’s the complete opposite. Watch this space.

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RIP Captain Britain’s Herb Trimpe

We’ve just recently learnt via Comicbook.com the sad news that Captain Britain co-creator Herb Trimpe has passed away today.

Of course Herb was responsible for many more famous creations than Captain Britain, but here on this blog we choose to celebrate his work on the UK’s finest superhero.

herb trimpe

Herb Trimpe

 

Chris Claremont in a 2006 interview for the Captain Britain volume one trade paperback said of Herb:

“He’s one of the very best at what he does… he was one of the core talents on the Marvel art staff.”

Claremont added: “The work I did with him is but one of the smaller fractions of his career and in numbers probably mine as well. But among those few are stories that I am most proud of even today. ”

Fine words I’m sure you will agree for a great talent who will be missed, but lets finish on a high with some great Trimpe art.

Captain Britain vs Mastermind

 

Whether facing evil computers or deadly gang members…

captain-britain-by Herb Trimpe

 

Or showing Cap at ease with a pipe

Captain Britian physics genius

 

or doing science…

Captain Britain issue 5 Cap does science

 

Herb Trimpe defined Captain Britain for all of his fans. RIP Herb.

 

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Captain Britain spotted in another Secret Wars title: Ultimate End

So Marvel have been releasing more preview art for Secret Wars titles including the Ultimate End, which while we know little about this comic we do have a strong hint Captain Britain is in it.

How do we know that? Well take a look at this preview art below which I’m sure is the cover or a variant, and see if you can spot Captain Britain. Don’t forget to click on the image to get a clearer look.

Captain Britain the Ultimate end pic 1

What do you mean you can’t see him, look again.

Captain Britain the Ultimate end pic 2

Now the Ultimate End covers the demise of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, and so far we know little about the title other than what Marvel have told us which is…

“Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face final extinction, as the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?

The dramatic end of an era begins here.”

So no clues on the cast except Miles or mention of Captain Britain, but let’s have a look at the picture and try to second guess what’s going on.

First of all the cover shows the Ultimate Universe heroes facing off against the heroes from the main Marvel Universe, now as far as I can make out Captain Britain is actually on the Ultimate Universe side. My deduction stems from the fact that if you look just above the head shot of Spider-Man at the bottom you will see Squirrel Girl; who I’m sure have no Ultimate Universe equivalent, so she must be on the original Marvel Universe side.

But, if that is Ultimate Captain Britain – whose sad story can be read in my article here – he doesn’t look the part.

Jamie Braddock as Ultimate Captain Britain

Ultimate Captain Britain – Jamie Braddock

This is because in the Ultimate Universe Brian Braddock died from cancer caused by his suit, and his brother Jamie took up the Captain Britain mantle. So back to the Ultimate End cover is that the original Ultimate Brian Braddock returned from the grave, Jamie after a shave and the addition of a helmet to his costume or another Captain Britain altogether?

As there is only so much you can guess from a cover I’m going to stop speculating and say I think we are going to have to wait for the comic itself, but I’m guessing Captain Britain if he is in it will probably get a fleeting mention or not appear at all.

So what do you think? Is that Captain Britain or an impostor? Just how heavily will Captain Britain feature in Ultimate End? Will you pick the title up? Sound off in the comments below.

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Some odd facts about Captain Britain’s Meggan from 1989

So I’ve been doing some research on Captain Britain’s wife Meggan for a project I’m working on with Avengers UK, it’s no hardship though as it involves reading a lot of comics. During my reading I picked up the The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update 89, issue 5 as it contains an article about Meggan, once I’d read the article I thought it would be worth a share due to some odd facts it contains

The article lurks behind a Ron Frenz cover.

Meggan Marvel Universe Update 1989 issue 5

The scan hasn’t come out great as the comic is quite old, so I’ll summarize the three best odd facts about the article below.

Meggan Marvel Universe Update 1989 issue 5 picture 2

The first oddity is apparently Meggan’s first UK appearance isn’t worth talking about as the page lists her American debut in New Mutants annual 2. Why her UK debut isn’t worth listing escapes me, maybe Marvel were on one of their periodic falling outs with Alan Moore, or was it because the UK comic in question wasn’t available except as a back issue? Who Knows?

Secondly the article states that apparently Meggan is only as powerful as a woman of the same age who engages in moderate regular exercise. Hmmm, I don’t think so as this 1998 Excalibur issue 3 panel shows.

meggan hulks out

Last but not least the article tells us it seems Meggan will lose her powers and health if she remains for too long a time outside the British Isles, but she won’t have the same problem in magical realms or dimensions. I can’t put my hand on any comic where this happened to Meggan, Captain Britain briefly suffered the problem until it was quickly forgotten.

Despite the mild inaccuracies with the article it’s still a great little read, with nice Alan Davis art, and it makes me want to read more Marvel updates so it’s surely had the effect Marvel wanted. My Meggan research will continue but I think I will source something more accurate, maybe WIkipedia?

For more inaccurate Marvel facts why not read my thoughts on bizarre Captain Britain trading cards here and here.

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The Complete Captain Britain comic guide. Issue 7: Wind of Death.

Well with all the Cap news we’ve taken a break from our regular review review feature but now it’s back. So welcome to part seven 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….

Wind of Death

Captain Britain issue 7, November 24th 1976.

Writer Chris Claremont.

Artists Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida.

Captain Britain issue 7

The story so far: Before Cap is sucked into Concorde’s engine and turned into red, white and blue mincemeat Hurricane decides to have a secret origin moment. We learn he is one Bert Potter a failed meteorologist who believed he could control the weather but has so far failed.  Not put off by his lackluster career Potter attempts one more time to control the elements setting his sights on hurricane Linda, but his craft is destroyed and once rescued he vows revenge on all who have mocked him as he becomes the Hurricane.

Cap escapes death by slipping out of his chains as he turns into Brian Braddock, turning back into Cap again he trounces the Hurricane by smashing his backpack, out of power the Hurricane collapses and Cap wins the day.

You have been watching: First appearance of the Hurricane’ secret identity, Bert “Hurricane” Potter.

Continuity: According to meteorological records there was no Hurricane Linda for Bert to attempt to destroy in the Seventies, there was however one in the Nineties.

The origin of Bert Potter into the Hurricane bears more than a passing resemblance to that of Dr Doom.

Potter is made of stern stuff, he survives his craft exploding, then a 4000 foot plummet to the sea doesn’t kill him, and then he then survives two days at sea without dying of exposure.

Stand out art: Captain Britain rips open Concorde and pulls out the Hurricane with the ease we might pull a stone out of a cherry.

Captain Britain issue 7 Cap pulls Hurricane out of Concorde

Well said old chap: Captain Britain issues a stern warning in case you were thinking of abusing your genius and turning to crime.Captain Britain issue 7 Cap lectures us

Final Thoughts: At last we have the reason behind the Hurricane’s reign of terror and making him an evil meteorologist is certainly not something I expected, but I suppose the clue was there in his super villain name. Sadly all this originality is thrown away when we learn the Hurricane wants revenge on everyone, and for this his hatred burns less brightly than it should have. The story for me might have worked a bit better if Captain Britain had interrupted the Hurricane taking revenge on his meteorological colleagues in a series of weather related crimes.

Later on the Hurricane’s origin was retconned, and it was the will of the Nethergods that caused his accident and imbued him with his powers, which nicely explains how he survived the trauma of his origin. The Hurricane would go on to work for Mys-Tech, gain new powers, get married and finally be talked out of a life of crime by the Fantastic Four. However in what is becoming a sad trend for Captain Britain foes he would never face off against Captain Britain again, probably because his Achilles heel power pack would need changing to prevent Cap beating him within a few seconds of their getting back together.

Read the review of issue 6 here.

When issue eight is ready there will be a link here.

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Has Captain Britain been spotted inside Secret Wars 2?

Eagle eyed Captain Britain Blog follower Freemach might just have spotted Captain Britain in the interior pages of Secret Wars issue 2. Freemach provided a link to the Previewsworld site where interior art for Secret Wars 2 has been previewed. Have a look at what they found below.

Captain Britain in Secret Wars 2

Ok we know Cap is in the issue thanks to the cover below, but covers can be misleading and Cap is sadly well-known for being on them only to appear in a lesser role within. But could that be Cap in the first panel, and is he now armed with the soulsword or the original sword of might?

Captain britain Secret Wars variant

If this Captain Britain sighting is correct then it would hopefully suggest we can follow his escapades by reading the main Secret War title, and that he has a decent role to play in this event. Only yesterday i was worried about Cap ending his time in Time Runs Out with more of a whimper than a bang, maybe I’m going to be proven wrong about that, and for me that’s great news.

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In Avengers 43 Time Runs Out for Captain Britain. But not in a way you might expect.

Avengers Time Runs Out finishes next month and it’s been a mixed ride for Captain Britain in the run up to Secret Wars, this weeks Avengers 43 seems to indicate his problems are over, but not in a way you might expect.

Following the cover below I will be giving my thoughts on this weeks Avengers 43, please do not read any further if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Avengers 43 with Captain Britain

So it all looks exciting as Cap and his fellow heroes burst into action on the cover, sadly none of this is replicated inside, but when recently have covers ever reflected a comic’s contents?

So just what does happen for Captain Britain? Well  it seems his time in Time Runs Out is about to do just that, and he may well survive into Secret Wars just by Hickman having nothing more he wants to do with the character. Let me explain.

Avengers 43 shows Cap standing around while the exposition flows around him looking grim, but contributing little else. This is because the action in Time Runs Out seems to be moving from the Illuminati to other players as the final issues draws near, because of this it seems a lot of background characters including Captain Britain seem to have finished their part in the event, and are now just window dressing. While this is typical of any big comic event for Cap fans it’s disappointing as there’s nothing worse than seeing your hero seemingly relegated to the subs bench as the match moves into the final minutes.

Captain Britain in New Avengers 43

Captain Britain does some fine listening

I can’t help but wonder is this it for Cap now he’s had everything he holds dear destroyed? Was he only present just because Hickman wanted to show the power of his baddies by using them to eliminate the Captain Britain Corps? What of his eye and beard as a variant Secret Wars cover shows Cap looking as he was prior to his Time Runs Out escapade. And just what is that sword?

Captain britain Secret Wars variant

 

I can’t help feeling Hickman has left us Cap fans with a lot of questions, and I worry we might never get any answers.Time Runs Out has two issues to go and I’m hoping for a major blow out and some serious fighting where Cap can prove his mettle, I don’t want him surviving by default I want him surviving by the skin of his teeth. Of course I could be wrong Hickman is a writer who delights in twists and surprises and there have been plenty of those so far, Cap might still finish the series as more than a bystander.

Are you surprised by how things might end for Captain Britain? What do you think could or should happen to wrap Time Runs Out in a way that shows Captain Britain in his true glory? Sound off in the comments below

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