Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders. If you only buy one Secret Wars comic make sure it’s this one

When Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders was announced a lot of Cap fans myself included were excited by the idea but disappointed not to see the original Captain Britain in his own Secret Wars title. Since then we’ve had Secret Wars issue 2 and fans are now uncertain if they are glad their wish came true or not.

Anyway now Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders issue one is finally here I can honestly say it’s a great read and fills the original Captain Britain gap so well I think fans are going to be disappointed it’s a limited series. Why is it so good ? My full thoughts follow the cover image, beware they contain spoilers. So if you haven’t read Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders yet do yourself a favor and get hold of a copy, read it and then come back. You won’t regret it!

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders cover issue 1

Mighty Defenders opens with an interesting twist on Marvel history and Ewing continues to entertain throughout issue 1. The cast is well introduced, with Ewing never straying too far from the action and he also brings an interesting sub plot to the title as characters seem to remember their pre Secret Wars identities in mini flashback sequences, that added a nice extra dimension to the story. And what a great story it is.

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Fazia Hussain enters

Faiza is lost, adrift almost in time and space. She also remembers her life before Secret Wars, which we see in this nice flashback panel.

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Fazia Hussain remembers Captain Britain

Seeking refuge in Yinsen City, Faiza’s actions violate the laws of Dr Doom who in an act of petty revenge destroys the peace by allowing Yinsen’s despotic neighbour, Mondo City, to invade. Which they proceed to do quickly and in style.

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders look at all my guns

Faiza and the Defenders of Yinsen City are quick to retaliate, in a great tightly paced action sequence that Davis illustrates magnificently. But just when things are going well….

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Fazia Hussain in action

Faiza is laid low by a sneaky telekinetic attack from this Battleworld’s version of Emma Frost and the issue ends with her captive but defiant.

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Fazia Hussain in trouble

That’s a great  looking panel and I was going to discuss the art in detail. However after some thought all there is to say is Alan Davis draws the hell out of this story and it all looks bloody gorgeous. On top of this great art when you then add in Mark Farmer’s inks and Wil Quintana’s colours you get a really rather lovely looking book.

So if you only pick up one Secret Wars title I certainly recommend this one. It has a cracking story, marvelous art and will keep you gripped from cover to cover. I’ve tried to not reveal all the surprises and great extras that pepper the book as I hope as you encounter them as I did they will bring a smile to your face and make you just want to read more.

Have you read Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders yet? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Why not let me know in the comments section below.

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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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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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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 top 5 five plot points I want to see in Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders

With news of a Secret Wars Captain Britain series announced that includes a Captain Britain but not the definitive version, fans have been vocal if confused in their support for Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders. However, people want to know just how can this Brian Braddockless Captain Britain title fill the Captain Britain gap in the Secret Wars line up?

So to help the series along we present for your reading pleasure the Top 5 plot ideas that could if included make Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders a must read Secret Wars title.

Captain Britain and the Mighty defenders

5: All bets are off

This is an alternate universe title set in a crossover event that involves every Marvel character and Universe; so let’s have action, drama, death, treachery, full on fights and carnage in every issue. All bets are off when it comes to these characters in this event including Faiza herself, and if the team all die to secure victory then so be it.

4. It’s a magic sword let’s see it work.

Faiza wields the sword of myth and legend Excalibur, it’s a powerful bit of metal so let’s see it work its magic. I don’t much care for a sword that is used to knock people out or channel mystic beams of power, why not just use a stick. Swords are for chopping, hacking and impaling, carrying one indicates your up for a fight, so let’s hope Faiza gives Excalibur a good work out, and it isn’t used as just some mystical mcguffin.

3. Let’s reinvent a classic X-Men move.

So She Hulk is on the team, she’s hard and muscle bound, then we have Faiza she’s short and a bit of a scrapper- can you see where I’m going here? No? Ok, I want She Hulk and Faiza to recreate the classic X-men Fastball special move. Why? Well I just think it would be fun.

she hulk fast ball special

2. No wimps please.

Kid Rescue is based on the Rescue suit of armor Tony Stark created for Pepper Potts, and while it’s a great suit of armor it has one weakness in that it has no weapons. So if Kid Rescue occupies a similar suit they are going to be as useful as a pacifist Hulk. It seems to me the Mighty Defenders might be carrying Kid Rescue unless they give their suit some heavy weapons, quickly.

1. Come on you knew this was coming didn’t you?

Faiza Hussain is a Captain Britain, while she is a great character in her own right she isn’t the Captain Britain we all know and love. You have to remember she became Captain Britain in an alternate universe during the Age of Ultron event and that gives her a loose right to the title. Sure Secret Wars is seeing all alternate universes merge, but we really want the end of the Mighty Defenders to see Brian Braddock back as Captain Britain. We know he’s around in Secret Wars thanks to this variant Secret Wars cover.

Captain britain Secret Wars variant

Faiza to me while a great character is merely filling the gap until my Captain Britain returns, and when he does I hope they team-up as they did in the great days of Captain Britain and MI-13.

So I hope you enjoyed this look at how hopefully Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders could be the stand out title of Secret Wars, I’ll be buying it even without my suggested improvements as it looks like it’s going to be a great read.

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Hot news: New Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders Secret Wars series announced without Captain Britain?

So hot off the press from Blastr.com comes the news of a Captain Britain Secret Wars series Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders, written by Al Ewing and drawn by Alan Davis, but is Captain Britain actually in it ?

Captain Britain and the Mighty defenders

 

Starring Faiza Hussain in a return to the Captain Britain role along with White Tiger,She Hulk, Kid Rescue and Hobie Brown the series is described by Marvel as…

” Welcome to Battleworld – where, in what’s left of Mondo-City One, Boss Cage is the law!

– When the fascist futuropolis annexes neighboring Yinsen City, who’ll stand up for Ho Yinsen’s dream of universal peace?

– If you liked the Mighty Avengers — you’ll love the Mighty Defenders! ”

Ewing adds more detail to the above statement in his interview firstly the location…

” We’re set on the border between two smaller principalities – I don’t know if we’re even on the map, unless there’s been an update recently. On the one hand, we have the fascist futuropolis of Mondo City, originally invented by Jeff Parker, which is an analogue for a certain sci-fi mega-city I’ve written about in the past, one that British comic readers – and fans of cool, cult sci-fi movies – will be very familiar with. It’s ruled over by the Bosses, who are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Boss Cage, aging but still undefeatable clone of Luke Cage’s grandson Danny.

On the other hand, we’ve got Yinsen City, from an alternate world I made up in Iron Man: Fatal Frontier, where Ho Yinsen survived the origin of Iron Man instead of Tony Stark, and used his own medical tech to create the Rescue Armor. His influence turned Marvel-Earth into a utopia of peace and plenty, peacefully colonizing space. As you can imagine, when Mondo City decides it wants some of that peace and plenty for itself – all in the name of the law, or course – the kind and generous people of the Yinsenverse are going to have trouble standing in their way. Or are they?”

So there’s a very interesting background, but what we really want to know is why not Brian Braddock, why Faiza? Ewing responds:

“I just wanted to give Faiza-Cap another go in the spotlight. It was a bit sad for me that  … her timeline had already been erased when she got the title. So, since I had the opportunity on Battleworld to revisit old timelines and alternate universes, I figured that’d be one to come back to for another visit.”

So where is the original Captain Britain in all this? Ewing if he knows isn’t telling so here’s my speculation.

1) Cap dies at the end of Time Runs Out – This isn’t true according to Marvel’s Battleworld map which shows him in High Avalon, but that could be another Cap, maybe the Ultimate Universe one?

2) Cap has been promoted and has now taken his rightful place in the Avengers so will be appearing in that title.

3) Marvel are going to launch a European Avengers title with Cap as the squad leader.

All this is pure speculation, I’m certainly going to pick up Mighty Defenders as it has a great writer/artist team and a fun concept that has caught my imagination.

What do you think of the news? Will you pick up Mighty Defenders? Where is Captain Britain? Sound off in the comments below.

 

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