Captain Britain and MI13: Hell Comes to Birmingham (Panini UK Ltd Marvel) Paperback – 5 Jun 2009
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Chris Cornell writes a damn good Captain Britain. I think his is the best take on the character since Alan Moore. It's quirky, bizarre and very funny. You see Spitfire meeting up with her old ex Union Jack, Blade (who I - and probably everybody else - forget is British) joins the team, The Black Knight meeting Faiza's parents and, oh yeah, hell coming to Birmingham!
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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Quick delivery, good price, and the comic itself is pretty sweet as well. Collecting issues 5 - 9, featuring new addition to the team Blade!Published 11 months ago by APLovecraft
A great comic that further develops the characters established in part one. An enjoyable read with great art. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2012 by Joe
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