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5.0 out of 5 stars As British as Afternoon Tea, Dr Who, Steed and Mrs Peel..., 21 July 2010
This review is from: Captain Britain By Alan Moore & Alan Davis Omnibus HC (Hardcover)
...and that is the key to Captain Britain's success really.

In the 1970's Marvel UK reprinted back catalogue in B&W weekly comics ( Mighty World of Marvel etc) in 8 page chunks, several characters in each comic.

Then Marvel US decided to emabark on a new original series for British Readers. In colour no less! ( imagine the excitement ). Thus Captain Britain was born written by pre superstardom Chris Claremont and drawn by a post Hulk Herb Trimpe.

Stories , fun they were, consisted of the same old beats however just rehearsed in a British setting ( generally without the "Gor Blimey, Guv'nor!" accents ).They do have a real nostalgic charm however, especially if you were there at the time.

Still the title died a lingering death eventually being subsumed into other titles before Brian Braddock faded seemingly into limbo.

Then something happened, Marvel UK decided to make him "British".

Firstly in stories by Steve Parkhouse and John Stokes playing up the fantasy element in a decidedely British mythological landscape. ( these are lovingly reprinted in Panini Volumes of Captain Britain 1 - 4 available from Amazon and worth checking out .)

Then along came Alan Moore and Alan Davis and the stories beautifully reprinted in this volume.

The good Captain is given a new more dynamic costume (blissfully losing the original motif that was also stamped on every fresh egg in the 1970's!), he died , then resurrected in the ground breaking UK Title "The Daredevils "and plunged into a Multi Parallel Worlds saga ( with Captain Albion, Captain Airstrip One! etc etc ) that still reads superbly today. You can watch Moore and Davis grow in stature with each early episode as the good Captain takes on gap toothed villain James Jaspers ( only Terry Thomas could have played him a in a movie!), meeting the "Special Executive" , saving "Saturnyne" whilst avoiding the inevitable confrontation with one of the best villains ever created - "The Fury" whom you could not see being defeated , so strong was the set up, until it actually occurred in the finale.

All told with a, dare I say it "British" sensibility and wicked humour that sets it apart almost always for the best.

Davis' further work on the character in stories by Jamie Delano are also represented here and well worth the effort they are too. In addition there are some X Men tales featuring the characters and a lesser effort from Captain America ( with some nice Paul Neary artwork ) and some artwork form the aforementioned Daredevils title. All in all pretty definitive and beautifully and lovingly assembled a la all the Omnibus Editions from Marvel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eighties Britain, 22 Oct 2010
This review is from: Captain Britain By Alan Moore & Alan Davis Omnibus HC (Hardcover)
Around the beginning of the 1980's Captain Britain was revamped and given a new look by a new artist, Alan Davis...the look and the artist who created it would remain with the Captain throughout the decade. During this period Alan Davis would collaborate with comic legend (and fellow Northamptonian) Alan Moore to help really define the character and later co-write a bunch of highly entertaining stories with Jamie (Hellblazer) Delano. As the eighties drew to a close Captain Britain moved to Marvel US and eventually Davis stopped drawing him...thus bookending the longest consistently well produced period in the character's history.

This Omnibus collects together Alan Davis's entire run on the Captain Britain strip and yes, it's expensive but it's a real high-quality printing. If you do buy this book I would definitely recommend two other books to accompany it; Excalibur Classics volume 1 (gathering the last stories to feature the authentic "80's Captain Britain" before the hero is shown flying to America where he loses his costume, his artist and even his uniqueness by becoming entangled in a convoluted Marvel crossover event) and Modern Masters volume 1: Alan Davis...anyway that's just the completest in me, the Omnibus alone is a great piece of nostalgia and a great read to boot! Chocks Away & all that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!, 18 May 2012
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This review is from: Captain Britain By Alan Moore & Alan Davis Omnibus HC (Hardcover)
Having bought the original printings of the comics during the early-mid 80's seeing them in colour -and in a book of this standard- is thrilling. The Moore/Davis stories are fanatstic- and bettered by the Delano/Davis efforts. The quality -as stated by other reviewers- eclipsed the usual churnings out by Marvel USA during this period. This was 'grown-up' comic material before the 'ultra violence' rubbish feted as 'grown-up' comics today. The only blip in this marvellous collection is the 'American rubbish' added onto the classic British material ,and by God, the difference in quality shows. The Captain Britain UK comic ended too soon; will we fans of the good Captain ever have our national hero treated with such care and attention again?
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