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 vs Air-Walker, a triumph of brainpower.

I often bemoan Captain Britain’s writers for getting my hero all wrong and only last week I was critical of anyone who doesn’t realise Cap has an intellect to match his muscles. So imagine my surprise when I came across a great example of Captain Britain written “correctly,” let me tell you about it.

The comic in question is a one-shot starring the Excalibur team entitled ” Air Apparent, ” it came out in 1991 and was written by Scott Lobdell with Erik Larsen drawing the chapter with Captain Britain in that I want to focus on.

The story has Excalibur asked to take down a mad scientist’s experiment that involves him resurrecting a herald of Galactus known as Air-Walker, each team member has their individual mission and Cap being the powerhouse has the hardest task of stopping the Air-Walker itself.

Now here is where the story could have gone badly for Cap but Lobdell surprises the reader, lets take a look at how the battle starts.

Captain Britain vs Air Walker 1

So straight away we see Captain Britain is outclassed , then Lobdell teases us with this page that hints Cap might win by dumb luck

Captain Britain vs Air Walker 2

But just as I was about to call blunder factor this happens.

Captain Britain vs Air Walker 3

Cap uses his strength and intellect to create a feedback loop using the Air-Walker’s powered wings and it works as shown below.

Captain Britain vs Air Walker 4

So there we go Captain Britain saves the day using his brain and his brawn, a rare occurrence but I’m sure you will agree a great moment.