New Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders preview pages

Courtesy of CBR we have the variant cover and some preview art from Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders to share.

Captain Britian and the Mighty Defenders variant cover by Frazer irvingCaptain Britian and the Mighty Defenders preview page 1 by Alan Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Britian and the Mighty Defenders preview page 2 by Alan Davis

Captain Britian and the Mighty Defenders preview page 3 by Alan Davis

Captain Britian and the Mighty Defenders preview page 4 by Alan Davis

Starring Faiza Hussain and due out on July 15th, Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders will be penned by Al Ewing and Alan Davis will be on art. Frazer Irving provides the variant cover to issue one, shown above.

Is Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders on your pull list? Sound off with your thoughts about the preview art and the series in the comments box below.

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Is this why Captain Britain and Dr Doom don’t get on in Secret Wars?

As another week of Secret Wars comics comes and goes without Captain Britain I decided to re-read some old issues of Excalibur looking for interesting stories to post about. What I came across was a story that I think goes a long way to explaining why Captain Britain and Dr Doom don’t get on in Secret Wars.

Read my comments on Secret Wars 2 here if you need to bring yourself up to speed with the changes to Captain Britain first, else please continue.

The action takes place in Excalibur issue 37 from 1991, Scott Lobdell handled the script while Mark Badger provided the art. Here’s the cover.

Captain Britain and Dr Doom Excalibur 37

As you can see insanity awaits within as Dr Doom manages to trick Kitty Pryde into allowing him into the realm of Limbo where he wants to harvest the power of Promethium for his own nefarious aims.

All pretty standard super hero fare but this comic does cover a marvelous fight between Captain Britain and Dr Doom which lifts the story above what you might have expected to read.

Realizing  Dr Doom is up to no good Cap squares off against him despite Dr Doom believing himself safe.

Captain Britain and Dr Doom 1

Captain Britain using his mighty arm and brain deals Doom an unexpected blow, but just how much power can Cap muster?

Captain Britain and Dr Doom 2

Quite a lot it seems as he punches Doom into orbit around Limbo, though Doom being Doom is unimpressed, in spite of the sonic boom.

Captain Britain and Dr Doom 3

But Doom even with his seeming indifference seems to harbor a modicum of respect for Cap and his power.

So there we have a fine example of Captain Britain using his mighty mind and superb strength and making an impression on one of Marvel’s most arrogant foes, which is something even Reed Richards has had difficulty doing. This encounter might also explain Doom’s need for revenge against Cap which he sort in the pages of Captain Britain and MI-13’s Vampire state story.

Now I know that in Secret Wars the characters are supposed to not know what their lives were before they arrived in their new homes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dr Doom has worked a way around this. Which might explain his sentencing Jamie Braddock to certain death. Even if he hasn’t it’s hard to imagine such a mighty blow from Cap not lingering at the back of Doom’s mind, and fueling his anti-Braddock sentiments.

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Captain Britain in the crazy Contest of Champions

With no sign of any Captain Britain appearances in this weeks Secret Wars comics I thought it would be fun to have a look at a past Cap crossover, the Contest of Champions.

Published in June 1982 Contest of Champions was a three issue mini series written by Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant and Bill Mantlo, John Romita JR handled the art. This series apparently has a few distinctive firsts, it’s said to be Marvel’s very first limited series, it’s possibly the first title to ever feature nearly every Marvel Character who was “alive” at the time, and may well have been the inspiration for the Marvel Universe series. I can’t validate the authenticity of these claims, but I can guide you through Captain Britain’s fairly substantial part in this series. Firstly though the plot.

Every hero from Earth is kidnapped by a chap named the Grandmaster and his unknown associate – later revealed to be Death – who tell the heroes that twenty-four of their number will be chosen and split into two teams, the first to find four mystical artifacts wins the contest. With that the teams are chosen, and Captain Britain seems to be on what certainly could be the winning team.

Captain Britain in Contest of Champions team up

The full line up on the Guardian’s side is Captain Britain, Captain America, Talisman, Darkstar, Wolverine, Defensor, Sasquatch, Daredevil, Peregrine, Blitzkrieg, She-Hulk and the Thing.

They square off against Death’s team which consists of Iron Man, Vanguard, Iron Fist, Shamrock, Storm, Arabian Knight, Sabra, the Invisible Woman, Angel, Black Panther, Sunfire and the Collective man.

Studying the line up now I can say to me I’ve never seen a more diverse line up of heroes, except in Nextwave. Anyway on with the contest, Captain Britain and some of his team mates are teleported to the Wild West to search for one of the missing mystical artifacts.

Captain Britain in Contest of Champions 1a

While Defensor chats up She-Hulk, Cap broods….

Captain Britain in Contest of Champions 1

before setting out on his own, because that’s apparently what he does best.

Captain Britain in Contest of Champions

It isn’t long before he faces off against the Arabian Knight.

Captain Britain vs Sinbad 1

Points deducted for casual racism, don’t do it again Cap.

Captain Britain vs Sinbad

Doh!

The contest ends in of all things a draw but that’s not what intrigues me about this series, but rather it’s the colorful cast of characters and the depiction of Captain Britain that draws me to this tale.

Firstly hats off to Marvel for doing a major cross over in just three issues, if this comic came out today it would be bloated with tie-in titles, spin offs and anything else Marvel could cram into its schedule. Next when I look at the story Captain Britain doesn’t really come off all that bad apart from his disrespect of super heroes from outside the UK. Sure Romita draws him with a marvelous flock of hair that wouldn’t look out-of-place on an eighties pop star, but as it’s Romita and I’m a big fan of his art I’m willing to forgive. I mean who doesn’t like his excellent kinetic depiction of Cap doing his acrobatics, which is surely the highlight of his art in this series.

What also strikes me about this team-up is that the heroes are gathered from all around the world, according to Wikipedia the countries represented are,

“Blitzkrieg (Germany); Collective Man (China); Defensor (Argentina); Peregrine (France); Shamrock (Ireland); and Talisman (Australia).”

Plus I reckon we have Captain Britain for the UK, Sasquatch and Wolverine for Canada, Black Panther for Africa/Wakanda, Sunfire for Japan, Arabian Knight for Saudi Arabia and Sabra for Israel. So the Contest of Champions is perhaps also the first and maybe the only comic to feature an extensive line up of heroes, many of which don’t call the USA their home.

So there we have Contest of Champions, a series I thoroughly enjoyed simply because it does the job it sets out to do in that lots of heroes fight each other. Sure the plot is wafer thin but name me a Marvel crossover that isn’t, the title isn’t afraid to have fun and feature some great fisticuffs with heroes who had never met before, and in some cases never meet again. Of course I’m biased as Captain Britain is in the Contest and not just for a couple of pages either, sure his appearance isn’t his best but then again it’s not his worse cross over, at least he managed to finish with both of his eyes this time.

Have you read Contest of Champions, if so what are your thoughts on it ? let me know in the comments below.

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Captain Britain in Secret Wars 3 and what’s going on with Meggan?

There isn’t too much to report on Captain Britain in this weeks Secret Wars 3, but thanks to eagle-eyed Blog fan Eric we do have some interesting Meggan news for you.

So spoilers for Secret Wars and A-Force follow after the cover below, please don’t carry on reading if you’ve yet to read these books, and you don’t want their secrets spoiled.

Captain Britain in Secret Wars 3 cover

In what has become a regular pattern for Captain Britain after a Cap heavy story – See Secret Wars 2 – he vanishes in the next issue. So Secret Wars 3 just mentions the outcome of his face off against Baron Sinister.

Captain Britain in Secret Wars 3

Sadly we are spared the sight of the actual statue itself.

Now we are not aware of all the rules of Secret Wars and its Battleworlds, but not content to be Captain Britain’s wife in Higher Avalon another Meggan has also been spotted in Arcadia where the A-Force title is set, take a look at the picture below.

Meggan in A Force

While not named there is no doubt in my mind that that’s Meggan, what this means for the pregnant Meggan in Higher Avalon is unknown. Will either survive, is this Meggan a member of A-Force or is she just a bystander caught up in the action? Having a “spare” Meggan might allow Marvel to sidestep the complications for Captain Britain plot wise if he was to be a father post Secret Wars. Personally I would prefer both to survive and Cap to be caught between the two in a sit-com type comic similar to Friends – or perhaps not.

What are your thoughts on the lack of Captain Britain action this week? Are there two Meggan’s and which should survive? Let me know how you feel in the comments below.

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Captain Britain spotted in Marvel Line-Up poster, then he vanishes.

While I was browsing the Bleeding Cool comic book news website I was struck by an article which included an official poster of Marvel’s 2015 superhero line up.

Why was I drawn to the poster? Well, I was interested to see if Captain Britain makes the line-up, and to my surprise there he was. See if you can spot him in the poster below.

Captain Britain in Marvel 2015 line up

What do you mean you can’t see him, click the image to enlarge it or check out the poster below.

Captain Britain in Marvel 2015 line up 2

So when the Fantastic Four and the X-Men are removed from the poster due to Marvel film rights shenanigans Cap will be safe won’t he?

Here’s the altered poster.

Captain Britain in Marvel 2015 line up 3

Click to enlarge, but I’m certain Cap has been removed from the altered poster. Why? Well it’s either because he’s in the X-Men movie or Marvel just forgot to put him back in? Me I’m betting on the latter.

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the article that inspired this post.

Oh well it was nice to see Captain Britain proudly but briefly taking his place alongside the rest of the Marvel heroes. Maybe he’s still there, I mean I wear glasses so I might have missed him hiding behind Moon Knight’s cape or is he being blocked by Ego the living planet? If you can spot him in the altered poster please let me know so my faith in the Marvel merchandising department can be restored.

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Just what were Alan Davis’ plans for Captain Britain in 1991?

If you speak to Captain Britain fans about his time in Excalibur nearly all will agree that the title was at its best when Alan Davis took over the book. With that in mind today I’m going to bring you an Alan Davis interview from 1991 when he was cornered by Marvel Age magazine before his run on Excalibur started, and where he spoke about his hopes for the book and Captain Britain.

The article starts after the cover shot below, you can either read the scanned pages or following them I have picked out some points of interest, so you can get the get the feel of the interview if you cannot read the scans.

Marvel Age issue 100 Alan Davis Captain Britain interview

Yes at one point in time Marvel did allow their comics to reach issue 100 and not reboot them, anyway here’s the interview.

Marvel Age issue 100 Alan Davis Captain Britain interview page 1

 

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Marvel Age issue 100 Alan Davis Captain Britain interview page 2

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Marvel Age issue 100 Alan Davis Captain Britain interview page 3

The interview starts with a potted history of Davis’ involvement with Excalibur before promising us  “an ambitious new story line that will reveal the true purpose behind the origins of the team.”  High stakes indeed what were Davis views?

“Editor Terry Kavanagh has asked me to wind up some of the loose ends and make resolutions to certain character developments.” A fair comment, as recent issues of Excalibur prior to Davis’ take over had to me become a bit of a continuity nightmare and full of “funny” stories which certainly didn’t lead to any character development, and often where far from being kind to the team. Marvel editorial were I’m certain probably well aware of this, and while no note is made of dwindling sales I can’t help but feel handing the title over to Davis might have been a kill or cure editorial choice. Luckily they chose well, but back to the interview.

Excalibur and Captain Britain foes Gatecrasher’s Technet were due to return and Davis describes them brilliantly: “They’re basically pretty useless and incompetent: getting into situations where, because of their own clumsiness and lack of planning things fall apart.. ” A true definition of the Technet certainly, and those who read Davis’ Excalibur run will certainly remember he shook them up, and gave them a temporary new leader.

Davis when asked about the plot replies: ” It’s all very complex, I’ve got myself a flowchart of where everyone’s going to be at different points, in different dimensions.”  Looking back this was certainly reflected in Davis’ writing, never where there issues as throw away as recent Excalibur stories had been up to his coming on board, but never where the stories so convoluted that like other X titles fans might feel lost.

Let’s take a look at how Davis planned to handle Captain Britain: ” Although he’s an intellectual Captain Britain’s very quick-tempered and slightly arrogant in his own knowledge”. Plot wise Davis stated “Basically our Captain Britain is a rogue. He’s not done what he’s told.. he’s let his side down and he’ll be in for some penalties.” Davis played his cards close to his chest here as he wrote in Cap’s cursed blunder factor that had made him as he was, and how it’s removal bought forward a more stable person who was no longer a buffoon, but a fully fledged hero confident in his power and aware of his responsibilities.

Alan signs off with how his career and drawing and writing Cap’s have seemingly become entwined. “When I left working for Marvel UK I thought I’d waved goodbye to Captain Britain… it was only when Chris – Claremont – offered me Excalibur that I started to work on him again. Then when I left last year I didn’t think I would ever work on Excalibur again. It was completely out of the blue when Terry Kavanagh offered it to me to write and draw.

So, I hope you enjoyed that retrospective look at Alan Davis and how he felt prior to his taking over Excalibur in 1991, if you want to read more about Davis and his early work check out my articles here…

Alan Davis Modern Masters part one.

Alan Davis Modern Masters part two.

Alan Davis Modern Masters part three.

Alan Davis scripted Excalibur 42 to 67 and his whole story has been collected in three trades, if you haven’t read it yet it’s highly recommended with its massive story lines, great art and offbeat sense of humor.

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Captain Britain in the Marvel OverPower card game

After my post showing Captain Britain in the Marvel War of Heroes online trading card; game a number of readers contacted me to say had I seen the Captain Britain cards in the old OverPower game.  I was aware of the set but didn’t own a full one, so intrigued a quick visit to Ebay soon saw me in possession of what I think is a complete set which I have now scanned for your pleasure.

First a bit of background, OverPower was a collectible trading card game by Marvel/Fleer which was launched in August 1995, Wikipedia has more on the set here if you are interested. Despite Captain Britain’s rocky popularity with Marvel he made it into the set and now you can enjoy his cards here.

Let’s start with what I call the base card which outlines Cap’s attributes.

Captain Britain Overpower hero card

Not sure who the artist is here – a sadly common theme as you will see, please comment if you have any ideas – but those stats deserve a closer look. Yes Cap’s intellect is officially recognized, and close to Mr Fantastic’s score of 8 so well done OverPower you’re off to a strong start.

Which leads me to my favorite card and inspiration for this post.

Captain Britain Overpower Physics genius card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this card for its recognition of Cap’s intelligence and the picture, is our heroes mind on higher things or is he simply waiting to bid on an Ebay auction at the last moment? Sadly we will never know.

Now for a card I only own as a facsimile but has two variants, first off is an image of my facsimile of which the art now decorates my mighty Captain Britain omnibus.

Captain Britain Overpower Britains champion card

my facsimile

Then a variant card of the above, art also by Alan Davis, I don’t own this I just found the image online.

Captain Britain Overpower Britains champion alternate card2

And another variant card design, this time with art by Joe Jusko. Yet again not one I own but found online.

Captain Britain Overpower Britains champion alternate card

I’m not sure if these are official variants, fan made or promo images, if you happen to know let me know via the comments.

Captain Britain Overpower Battleworthy card

I’m not sure who Cap’s victims are here or who the artist is for this card, but I do like the worn costume effect.

Captain Britain Overpower Supersonic card

A slightly off center Cap flies into action here, and is it just me or does it look like he’s wearing an apron?

Captain Britain Overpower Super Endurance card

Here Cap is down but certainly not out.

Captain Britain Overpower prodigious strength card

And lastly a determined Cap looks set to deliver a mighty punch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our look at Captain Britain’s OverPower cards they’re a nice quirky addition to my Captain Britain trading card collection and quite often pop up on Ebay if you fancy owning them. If you have any further details on these cards or info on the artists then please sound off in the comments below.

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