Captain Britain’s superheroines

A popular way to make more money from a comic-book heroes fame is to launch a spin-off title or put out a brand new comic where the hero is replaced by a female counterpart. So you find Hulk becomes She Hulk, Spider-Man spins off into Spider-Woman and I’m sure you get the idea by now.

What you may not be aware of though is Captain Britain could be the super-hero with the most female spin-off characters, I make it four at the last count, let’s have a look at them all.

First up is Lionheart the secret identity of Kelsey Kirkland whose traumatic origin story saw her offered the same choice of the amulet or sword as was Captain Britain. Kelsey chose the sword and took on the mantle of Lionheart adventuring with The Avengers and New Excalibur.

Lionheart

Next up is Cap’s Sister Betsy Braddock who took on the Captain Britain mantle while the original Cap was overseas. Sadly after a sterling start to her career she came up against Slaymaster who beat her to within an inch of her life and then blinded her.

Captain britain 13 Betsy

Third on our list is Captain UK the guise of Linda McQuillan who fled her original dimension after it was destroyed by the Fury, and ended up fighting along Captain Britain to prevent the same thing happening to Cap’s dimension. Captain UK slew the Fury in a berserk frenzy and mentored Betsy Braddock before returning to the alternate dimensions she called home.

Captain UK kills the Fury

Last on our list is Dr. Faiza Hussain who was handed the role of Captain Britain by the good Cap himself in case he died in combat against Ultron during the Age of Ultron event.She later became the wielder of Excalibur, squire to the Black Knight, and demonstrated incredible powers of biological manipulation making her the most diverse lady on our list.

Faiza Hussain

So I hope you have enjoyed our look at the ladies of Captain Britain, each in their own right as great a character as the good Cap himself. In this day and age where comic book companies are chastised for lack of powerful female role models any of these super heroines could come back individually or as a team and show the blokes how it’s done.

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It’s a Synne. Captain Britain vs a diabolical doctor.

Anyone named Dr Synne was always going to be stuck when it came to finding work as their name sort of disqualifies them from entering the medical profession or perhaps being a benevolent professor of any university. No lets face it if you’re named Dr Synne there is only one career path you can choose, super villain.

Dr Synne made his debut in Captain Britain vol 1 issue 7 written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Herb Trimpe and was to stick around giving Cap quite a lot of hassle for the next few issues. How much hassle can be quite a lot you may ask, well lets take a look.

Not one for a slow start first of all Dr Synne causes Captain Britain and his sister Betsy’s plane to crash and then makes a very dramatic entrance for reasons not really explained by riding in on a horse ( who also looks quite evil.)

The debut of Dr Synne

Then in great comic book tradition he hypnotizes Betsy to attack Brian.

Betsy Braddock attacks Brian

Dr Synne’s next diabolical move is to turn a whole village against Captain Britain, one of whom shoots him with a shotgun.

Captain Britain shotgunned

But even when Dr Synne sets Cap on fire it doesn’t slow our hero down.

Captain Britain vs Dr Synne

Captain Britain defeats Dr Synne only to learn he was just a pawn in the machinations of his parent’s computer and unknown to them both he was defeated by the careless press of a switch from Captain Britain’s cleaning lady.

Dr Synne defeated by cleaning lady

So another great Captain Britain baddy bites the dust but the stage is set for a showdown with the evil computer that spawned Dr Synne, more on that next week.