on 3 March 2011
finally, volume 5. the wrap up to alan moore's fabulous jaspers/fury storyline, one of the most powerful and satisfying storylines i've ever read. moore makes his characters wonderfully human and "real" and writes a cracking story with drama humour pathos, the works. despite it being only a comic book you find yourself really caring what happens to these characters. alan davis' art is equally superb. following this jamie delano takes over (most of) the scripting, alan davis continues to draw the strip and we have sixteen or so very fine stories, mostly from the monthly captain britain comic. alan davis writes and draws the final story and brings the series to a very satifying conclusion, tying up a lot of loose ends in the process. in addition this volume reprints the cherubim from capt. b. 2, 11-14 (a nice addition to round off the series). overall this series of graphic novels featuring the entire run of the captains uk adventures has made a superb addition to my collection; ranging from the average, (capt. britain vols.1 and 2) to the really dire; capt. b. in spiderman comics;( vol.2 and 3) to the quirky bizare black knight series(vols.3 and 4) to the wonderful reimagining of the character by davis thorpe and moore(in vols.4 and 5). ideally i'd have liked to see the black knight story concluded in vol.3, the jaspers/fury storyline concluded in vol.4; and the first chapters of that story in colour but there you go. nevertheless this was the first british marvel hero produced in britain and the series does him proud.
on 7 May 2012
This selection of Captain Britain stories involve villains such as The Fury, Mad James Jaspers, Slaymaster, Vixen and Meggan - of course, someone who is fated not to be a villain but a very important supporting cast member for Cap in the years to come.
The stories are wonderfully coloured and given a nice modern day makeover. The quality of the book overall is top notch. The stories are far better than earlier Cap tales but are a little jarring from time to time. The stories aren't always explained well; the narrative is often left for the reader to come to their own conclusions about what is happening. This suits some, not others.
The most important part of this volume, however, is the development of Betsy Braddock, better known as the X-Men Psylocke. Within this single volume, she looses her first love, Tom Lennox, she becomes the second Captain Britain, develops her own super-hero career and finally, has something very terrible happen to her by Slaymaster, which eventually leads to the character coming under the control of the X-Man villain Mojo (that's a different continuity headache for another time!). Suffice it to say, this volume is a necessary slice of X-Men lore on its own merits. But as a pure Captain Britain volume, it also scores well, and for the creepy yet captivating introduction of Meggan alone, it is worth entry.
Important historically for the characters involved, but a nice digital colouring spruce up improves what are a confusing yet quality run of stories. Recommended, but takes a bit of effort to enjoy.