I will start by confessing to only being an intermittent reader of Graphic Novels, and to knowing nothing of Captain Britain's previous incarnations. I picked this up on the back of magazine article, which piqued my interest.
After a weak opening chapter, I have to say it's not bad. I did find the narrative difficult to follow at first, probably due to having no prior knowledge of the characters involved. There seemed to be little attempt to engage a newcomer, which I found disappointing. If a story is told well, it should be easy to follow, even for those who are new to the franchise.
That said, the plot tightens up quickly, and there is some wonderfully British humour woven into the text. Large parts of the story revolve around British myths and the realm of magic. This gave 'Captain Britain' a flavour of Alan Moore's 'Promethea'
series. The two graphic novels explore similar themes, but Moore's series is handled with considerably more finesse. That said, 'CB' is much lighter in tone, and exposition to the same depth as the 'Promethea' novels would have been out of place.
As the novel progresses, its quality continues to improve, before reaching a satisfactory and tantalising conclusion. After a disappointing opening, and though far from perfect, there was just about enough good stuff here to leave this reader satisfied, intrigued, and wondering what Vol. 2 has in store.