Is there a costume change for Captain Britain in Secret Wars 1? And is that Meggan?

Thanks to blog follower Mr Fiend the Captain Britain Blog has been alerted to a possible costume change for Captain Britain in Secret Wars issue 1, and a possible Meggan sighting as well.

If you want all the above to remain a mystery then please do not read any further.

Avengers 44 variant with Captain Britain

Mr Fiend drew my attention to the panel below, a preview at the back of Avengers 44 which wasn’t in the version I purchased via Comixology, but I picked up today from Forbidden Planet in Birmingham.

Secret wars 1 with Captain Britain and Meggan

So there’s Cap in his MI-13 costume, and is that Meggan next to him and if it is could she be pregnant?

Then remember this preview panel from Secret Wars 2.

Captain Britain in Secret Wars 2

I wonder now if that is that Ultimate Captain Britain, the dark hair and lack of costume covering the head seem to match, which if so would support a uniform change for the original Cap, but then there is this panel from Secret Wars issue 0 which shows Cap in his old costume.

Captain Britain in Secret wars 0

So which panel is the flashback? I’m betting on Cap in his MI-13 costume as he has currently been appearing in Time Runs Out in his ” Davis” costume, but if that panel is a flashback how does it tie into Secret Wars, and will Ultimate Captain Britain show up and confuse the matter even more?

All I can say is Secret Wars issue 0 is out this Saturday as part of free comic book day so I’m going to get up early, pop into town and try to get hold of one to provide some answers.

Please feel free to ease my state of befuddlement by submitting any thoughts you have on Cap and Secret Wars in the comments section below.

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Time Runs Out with a whimper for Captain Britain in Avengers 44

So just as Captain Britain came in like a lion when the Avengers crossover Time Runs Out began, now with the grand finale in Avengers 44 it seems he has gone out like the proverbial lamb.

Yes as Time Runs Out finishes it’s time to discuss how Captain Britain fares as the Marvel Universe changes in preparation for Secret Wars. So, following the cover below I will be giving my thoughts on this weeks Avengers 44, please do not read any further if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Avengers 44 with Captain Britain

So Time Runs Out crashes to its grand finale today, but sadly it seems Captain Britain is not required, not even in the talky scenes. I spoke in my last comments on Time Runs Out that I feared Cap had played his part and had been sidelined, and Avengers 44 confirms that as he appears in one panel.

Avengers 44 with Captain Britain and the last Avengers

Our shaggy Cap seems to be wondering if the price of appearing in Time Runs Out was worth it. I mean he lost his eye, gained a beard and saw the Captain Britain Corps perish powerless to save his colleagues. I wont repeat too many of my comments from my previous thoughts on Cap appearing in this event, except that I now believe his presence was only necessary to give weight to the death of the Captain Britain Corps; who themselves were to me a pointless editorial sacrifice to show us just how bad the bad guys were.

Yes this is comics and everything can change, and often does very quickly so let’s try to be positive. Captain Britain has been spotted in two Secret Wars comics, which I covered here and here, so future months won’t be Cap less, though we currently can’t speak for the quality of any of these appearances. All that seems to be confirmed is Cap will have a shave, put his helmet back on, still wield that mysterious sword of his and might just get his eye back. Yes hold your excitement in please.

But, check the title to the above panel,  it seems Captain Britain’s Avengers membership is confirmed again, but now as one of the last Avengers does this mean he might also appear in Avengers’ titles during Secret Wars? Let’s hope so as something good needs to come out of Time Runs Out for Captain Britain, and this might just be it.

Don’t take my thoughts the wrong way I enjoyed Time Runs Out and it leads nicely into Secret Wars which I am looking forward to, I’ve always enjoyed Hickman’s writing and he’s been joined in this event by some great artists. I’m always pleased that writers think to include Captain Britain in their stories and while I knew he was never going to be the hero of this event I would have liked to see him live up to the excitement of his arrival and use that big science brain of his to help the Illuminati. Still fingers crossed for Secret Wars.

Did you follow the ups and downs of Captain Britain during Time Runs Out? What do you think is next for him ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Captain Britain: it’s all in the cards, Marvel War of Heroes cards that is.

Yesterday thanks to Eric on Pinterest I was able to share on Facebook the new Captain Britain card art for Marvel’s Legendary card game, this got me thinking about other Cap card art that might be hidden away only known to card players.

A quick Google search turned up twelve Captain Britain cards from Marvel War of Heroes mobile card game; so I thought it would be fun to share them and their flavour text with you. The cards are divided into six categories which themselves have interesting titles. so let’s start with…

Merlyn’s Champion

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“When you stand between two worlds, sometimes you fall into the trap of thinking you’ve got to choose one over the other. Took me a long time to figure out that wasn’t true.”

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“The Otherworld gave me a chance to live again… but this is the world I live in, and this is the world I’ll die to defend.”

I do like the way the art is taken from a Captain Britain and MI-13 cover and reversed to get two cards from one image – a common theme for these cards as you will see. However the text has me confused, in one breath Cap is saying he will fight for all worlds, and in the other he’s not, he really needs to get off the fence.

Rule Britannia Captain Britain

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“Dying after a motorcycle accident, physics student Brian Braddock was saved by Merlin and given new life as Captain Britain. He is a mainstay of the British team Excalibur–and twin brother to Betsy Braddock, better known as Psylocke.”

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“He draws his powers from his costume, which taps an interdimensional energy field. This allows him to fly, and the suit also gives him superhuman strength, agility, and durability, thanks to the force field it projects at all times.”

Nice manipulated art again to get two cards from one image, but yet again the text seems a bit odd. The cards seem to quote Cap’s origin or how he fared power wise in the Eighties, so don’t match the MI-13 Cap in the pictures.

Excalibur Captain Britain

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“A dying Brian Braddock became Captain Britain after choosing the Amulet of Right (or Life) over the Sword of Might (or Death) when both were presented to him by Merlin and his daughter Roma.”

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“Originally, Captain Britain’s powers were linked to the Amulet of Right, worn around his neck, and he depended on a mace-like Star Scepter to fly. Currently, Braddock’s powers are sustained by his own confidence and heritage as the son of a denizen of Otherworld.”

So cards linking Captain Britain with the mystical sword Excalibur have text that shows Cap chose an amulet over a sword during his origin. Ok so it might not have been that dramatic to show Cap clutching an amulet on a card, but what do I know? I do like the Excalibur wielding Cap though, that sword he is holding really does look the business.

One of many Captain Britains

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“Merlyn founded the Captain Britain Corps- composed of Captain Britains from across the multiverse- -to defend reality.”

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“The Captain Britain Corps includes several versions of Brian Braddock, proving that he was chosen as a defender of mankind in several realities.”

So now we’re on to the Captain Britain Corps represented here by a member in their pajamas. It’s nice to see the Corps get a name check, but from its multitude of members we have one very lacklustre looking representative.

Second life Captain Britain

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“Captain Britain draws strength from the damage he inflicts on his energies. Part of this is undoubtedly psychological, but there is a genuine effect, possibly produced by his Otherworld nature and amplified by the energy-storing capabilities Merlyn added to his costume.”

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“After Captain Britain’s death and rebirth, Merlyn took his magical tinkering a step further, imbuing Captain Britain’s body with his powers and transforming Captain Britain’s costume into a reservoir of interdimensional energy.”

I’m thinking second life refers to Cap’s brush with death at the hands of Ultron, but I could be wrong. The text states the more Cap damages an opponent the stronger he gets which is a play on the MI-13 version of our hero who Paul Cornell had get stronger in a similar way.

Modern legend Captain Britain

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“Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Merlin, Stonehenge–these are things that represent Britain’s fabled past. I, too, share this connection… and I hope I can live up to the legends that has come before me.”

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“No matter how far afield I travel–across the globe, across the universe, or into other dimensions–I must always remember that I represent Britain. I do so with humility and integrity and dignity. I do so with honor.”

These two cards certainly contain my favourite text, to me they are both like the pledge a boy scout might give, I can imagine Cap standing up and quoting these lines at Corps meetings, if they weren’t all dead. Why in the last card Cap is waving the Union Jack on what looks like a battlefield escapes me, but it’s quite a stirring image and I wouldn’t like to be on the end of that finger point.

So there we have the current selection of Captain Britain cards from Marvel War of Heroes, a mixed bunch of art and quotes but it’s nice to see Cap in the game and not sidelined. Sadly these aren’t physical cards as if they were I would certainly be looking on Ebay looking to add them to my collection.

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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.

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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.

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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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