Hold on to your star sceptres Captain Britain fans as this weeks Secret Wars 2 has major changes in store for our hero. Yes entering the Secret War this week we have the good Cap and the citizens of Higher Avalon in all their glory, but is it the Captain Britain we know and love?
Spoilers for this weeks Secret Wars issue 2 follow the cover below, read no further if you don’t want to see what’s happened to Captain Britain now.
So where to start? Well, it seems the all the Battleworld’s are ruled over by Dr Doom and the one Captain Britain was assigned to – Higher Avalon – is no exception, so the Braddock family works for the good Doctor, that’s right you did read that correctly the Braddock Family, as in the picture below.
So we have Jamie Braddock as head of the family, Brian and Meggan – who is pregnant and Betsy, yes the surprises keep coming don’t they, Meggan is pregnant as confirmed in the picture below.
The Braddock’s are summoned before Doom and soon are embroiled in a verbal battle of wits with Mr Sinister, who decides he wants the dispute settled in the old way – trial by combat against Brian. The combat starts well as you can see below.
However even headless Sinister soon defeats Brian but Doom needs him alive as he believes he has answers to the location of a secret chamber where folk plot to defeat him.
Things look bad for Brian until Jamie steps in and takes the blame, Brian is promoted and Doom’s hand stayed by Susan Reed – Mr Fantastic’s wife.
Jamie’s punishment is to bring justice to the Deadlands where it seems some of the Marvel Zombies lurk.
So armed with an unnamed magic sword he does just that not even letting Venom scare him.
Though his chances of survival do seem quite slim.
So that’s a lot to take in, Jamie Braddock, Megan pregnant, the Braddock’s subservient to Dr Doom and a whole lot more, Secret Wars 2 pulls no punches when it comes to shaking up Captain Britain’s corner of the Marvel universe.
I find myself surprised by guessing Meggan’s pregnancy in my post here , and at the same time predicting the return of Jamie Braddock – though I thought it was the Ultimate Universe one.
So is all this change good, bad or even permanent? I’m hoping for some permanency especially with Meggan’s pregnancy which is an interesting plot twist and explains her absence in other Secret Wars titles like Mighty Defenders. It’s also an intriguing idea to see the Braddock’s not all powerful but beholden to Doom, with the Higher Avalon mystic background it brings together fantasy elements with the back stabbing and skulduggery of Games of Thrones. Hickman leaves a lot of questions unanswered such as what powers does Brian Braddock have, will Jamie survive, what is the Secret Chamber and how did that eye mysteriously reappear. Of course a lot of this could just be answered by saying it’s Secret Wars and that’s how it is, but I hope Cap and the Higher Avalon crew will reappear soon with some answers.
What do you think of Secret Wars 2 and all its Captain Britain changes? What do you think might happen next? Let me know in the comments below.
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