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Captain Britain and MI13: Secret Invasion Paperback – 5 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846534070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846534072
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 0.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy in prose, comics and television, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated in all three media. I've written Doctor Who for the BBC, Wolverine for Marvel Comics and Batman and Robin for DC. I've won the BSFA Award for my short fiction, an Eagle Award for my comics, and share in a Writer's Guild Award for my television scripts. My urban fantasy novels for Tor are London Falling and The Severed Streets.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rolacka on 22 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Ok, I haven't actually got this graphic novel, but I do have the comics books that are in it (issues 1 to 4).

I knew nothing about any of the characters before I read this (other than a quick skim through wikipedia, and the appearance of Spitfire in the Captain America Omnibus) but really enjoyed them anyway. It doesn't really get confusing, though you do have to accept that all the characters have a past and just pick it up as you go along. Paul Cornell gives you all the relevant information (eg Black Knight was in the Avengers and his sword is evil - all I know or need to know) so it is perfectly accessable to new readers like myself.

The storyline itself is great. Really exciting and with plenty of twists. The team isn't active at the beginning of the storyline, and their formation flows really well out of the story. They have to do something to stop the Skrulls that justifies the team being in existence even after the skrulls have gone. There is a very magical/fantasy backdrop as oppossed to the more common sci-fi backdrop that is in most super-hero books. I wasn't sure if I would like that, but I have enjoyed it so don't let that put you off.

The artwork is really good. I can't complain about anything in it really. Obviously Kirk isn't one of marvel's superstar artists but I can't think of anyone I would rather have on the book The tone would fit someone like Bryan Hitch or John Cassaday, and either of them would be good choices but I think like Kirk. It looks great. Sometimes the backgrounds can be very full in fight/action scenes and that makes it a little difficult to tell exactly what is going on at a glance, but you can linger on those panels. And anyway, a fight scene should be a little confusing with lots going on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Whittam on 7 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I came to this book knowing little about Captain Britain and more on the strength of Paul Cornell's previous work, his Doctor Who books, audios and television work and his original novels. I'd read his miniseries Wisdom already and had enjoyed the characterisation in that - especially loving John the Skrull.

Well, Captain Britain and MI:13 certainly tops it in sheer terms of scale and enjoyment. Fast, furious and funny with a very British identity, something a lot of Marvel writers don't get when writing characters in the UK.

I can't wait for the next trade, Hell Comes To Birmingham, and can't recommend this book highly enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2009
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Master Dprj Barnard-lee on 25 Aug. 2009
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Just great. Their is a good balance of action and story, and there is no need of prior knowledge of the characters, to really get into it. 1 Of the thew great story arcs to come out of Secret Invasion. I know many people that have been put off by the name (Captain Britain), but past the name is a great read, 1 not to miss!
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I love captain britain, have been a fan throughout his differing phases (I am that old). I do like this novel and am happy to see the cap back in his own title (please can we have more and some union jack novels). However the big shame is actually the current trend by marvel to create big epic serials, tie all the charactors to it thus making you feel the need to buy all of the related novels whilst somehow ruining the charactors own story lines. We have had civil war, secret invasion, dark reigh and more to come. budget wise i think david beckham could just about afford the lot. So whilst I love to see the cap again, enjoyed this series of cap books and loved both the new look and the artwork, time i think for marvel to get back to basics. Give us some down to earth graphic novels where we can take them as that, novels in their own right. In this time of financial gloom I think a lot of us readers would be very happy about that.
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