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4.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful What You Wish For, 6 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Captain Britain and MI13: Hell Comes to Birmingham (Panini UK Ltd Marvel) (Paperback)
'Hell Comes to Birmingham' was not, as I expected, a history of the city's post-war redevelopment, and was distinctly lacking in any information about the infamous inner ring-road. Despite this disappointment, it turns out to be a pretty decent book.

In the author's foreward (which I recommend not reading, as it gives away some of the story), Paul Cornell, talks about wanting to write about somewhere other than London. Admirable perhaps, but irrelevant, since the city depicted is entirely anonymous, with not a single cylindrical or hub-cap covered building in sight.

Initially I was unimpressed. As a part time dabbler in the Marvel universe, I find it frustrating how often the stories are laced with references to previous incarnations of the franchise. Obviously, some of this is to be expected, but there were great swathes of references that passed me by. As a result, I found the story rather flat, not helped by the rather two-dimensional drawings.

Nevertheless, about half-way through I found myself being pulled into the story, which involves a 'Duke of Hell' trying to take up residence in a West Midlands apartment block. (The exact purpose of this passed me by a little, but I could see it was 'A Bad Thing'!). The team, a jarring bunch of misfits, if ever there was one, have to overcome an amoral villain, with the power to offer you your heart's desire. The story's conclusion is compelling and the denouement very good. The final panels contain a teaser for volume three, which on the strength of this improved second chapter, I soon hope to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great second part, 15 Aug. 2012
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A great comic that further develops the characters established in part one. An enjoyable read with great art. My only quibble would be that a lot of the comic takes place in one location, with a whole lot of action going on. Now, actions fine, but this much concentrated into one place, all at once, can make the pacing seem a little samey for too long.

It's not a big deal though, and I'd definitely recommend this one.
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