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.

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Honoring the Captain Britain Corps and its greatest members. Day 2: Will of the People

Welcome to the second day of our 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.

On our second day we honor Will of the People, also known as Jonathan Raven.

Captain Britain Jonathan Raven

If yesterday Captain UK was the poster girl for the Corp’s values of grit, strength and determination then today’s Corps member Will of the People is the solid embodiment of the team’s diversity. This chap is a bit of an enigma with as far as I’m aware his first and only appearance taking place in Excalibur 50 by Alan Davis published in 1992. I had to search the Marvel Database before I found out who he was, but as he is unnamed in the Comic I really don’t know who gave this Corps member his details.

Even in just his short appearance though Will shines partly due to his great costume, check out the detail including those snazzy red and blue yin yang symbols, and who doesn’t want to see someone punch ninjas? I’m taken by the idea of a martial artist who also has Captain Britain powers simply because I think they could be an unstoppable super juggernaut, but until the Corps are resurrected I can only speculate on how awesome he could have been.

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Honoring the Captain Britain Corps and its greatest members – Day 1: Captain UK

Welcome to 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 finest members of the Corps, and celebrate the incredible diversity and strength of the best interdimensional superhero team that ever was.

On our first day we start with Linda McQuillan or Captain UK to give her one of her many titles.

Captain UK kills the Fury

Where to start with Captain UK’s achievements, killer of the unstoppable monster known as the Fury, member of Excalibur, stand in for Captain Britain and his defense counsel when he was put on trial are just a few of her many fantastic achievements. To me Captain UK represents the Captain Britain Corps so perfectly you could imagine her appearing on recruitment posters pointing a finger at the viewer, and telling them the Corps required their services.

Comic wise she first saw the light of day in Marvel Super Heroes 388; in a story written by Alan Moore and drawn by Alan Davis which was published in 1982.

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In today’s New Avengers 30 Captain Britain questions are answered. UPDATED

UPDATED see end of article.

Ever since Captain Britain turned up in The Avengers Time Runs Out event his fans have been given very few answers about his disheveled, one-eyed, bearded appearance, the possible death of the Captain Britain Corps and how it all will lead into Secret Wars.

Now New Avengers 30 has been released today does it give Cap fans the answers they want as Tom Brevoort promised it would back in November last year; or have the mysteries people are dying to unravel become even more tangled?

Join us on the Captain Blog for a dissection of the issue, but please be aware this article includes spoilers for this week’s New Avengers 30, if you haven’t read the issue yet then do not carry on reading after the picture.

Captain Britain New Avengers 30

OK let start with the fact that despite the cover Captain Britain and the Corps have very little page time in New Avengers 30, but when they do appear Hickman gives us some answers which die-hard Cap fans might wish to remain ignorant about.

Plot wise the big bad behind Time Runs Out and the destruction of the Marvel Multiverse have been revealed as race of Beyonders also known as the Ivory Kings  who we are told can crunch universes with their power. They along with a race known as Mapmakers began to collapse the multiverse but why? Captain Britain found out the terrible answer.

Captain Britain New Avengers 30 2

Not looking good for the Corps is it, well sadly their luck doesn’t get any better.

Captain Britain New Avengers 30 3

So in four panels we have the loss of Cap’s eye in a fight with the Beyonder’s minions and the total destruction of the Captain Britain Corps along with Saturnyne, but hope isn’t lost as Cap escaped, and if I’m reading the panel correctly he has possibly left with the power to resurrect the Corps.

So where do we start, the Corps are gone but as death in comic books is about as permanent as a spray on tan I can’t really get that upset, Cap has come back from the dead a few times and Meggan his wife once so I’m sure the Corps will reappear after or during Secret Wars. Speaking of Meggan, where is she ? SHIELD don’t seem to have any record of her as I reported here and you’d think as Cap’s wife she might have been involved in his big scrap, but she is sadly absent and hopefully not another casualty.

Hickman is a master of the twisty-turny plot, springing surprises on his readers in whatever title of his you happen to read so I’m sure he still has lots of cards up his sleeve for Time Runs Out. Whether these surprises will reveal more about Cap I’m not sure as the book seems to be approaching end game territory when apart from the end of series explanations the title will probably focus more on fixing the multiverse rather than telling us more secrets. Speaking of secrets with Secret Wars imminent Cap might not be safe even after Time Runs Out finishes and the next big Marvel event starts, who knows?

What are your thoughts on New Avengers 30? Are you angry at the death of the Captain Britain Corps? Where do you think Meggan is? If you have any thoughts on these ideas or more please sound off in the comments below.

UPDATE – following a tip-off in the comments section from Braddock I checked out the epilogue to Spider-Verse in Amazing Spider-Man 15, and there is one survivor of the Captain Britain Corps, Spider-UK.

Spider Man Captain Britain Corps

 

So did Marvel just recreate the Captain Britain Corps but filled it full of Spider-Men instead?

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