- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Panini UK/Marvel (26 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846534011
- ISBN-13: 978-1846534010
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.4 x 25.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Captain Britain Vol.3: The Lion and the Spider Paperback – 26 Mar 2009
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The first tale sees Cap and a odd group of British celebs taken to an island and hunted by the deformed Doctor Claw, yet again the Captain succumbing far too easy to enemy attack (yet more hawks) and, to be honest, the Star Sceptre he carried was pretty naff.
The second tale introduces Slaymaster and is an improvement but the series was reaching its use-by date and thankfully ended on a high with the introduction of Arcade as Cap and Spider-Man join forces in Murder World. We have the colour version of the tale from Marvel Team-Up with the original splash pages included.
There followed a gap of a year or so before Captain Britain was re-introduced at first as a minor character as part of the Black Knight "Otherworld" saga which was even more maddeningly printed at just 3 pages per week, although the art work is pretty good. Collecting them together here makes it so much easier to follow. As has been said it is a Tolkeinesque tale that mixes sword and sorcery, Arthurian legends alongside elves, trolls and goblins not forgetting Merlyn (sic). This volume ends fittingly part-way through the saga as Merlyn ia sbout to reveal the Captain's "true" origin.
As a bonus, there's some nice colour pin-up style images inside as well as some sketches showing the designs for Captain Britain's costume.
Although I have always been a Marvel fanatic I never really took to Captain Britain at that time, 1977-1979, but have now started to collect these volumes to catch up.
It is the second part of this collection that shines. Capatin Britain's understated appearances in the long-running quintisentially british Black Knight series from Hulk Comic - never before collected and a cult classic.
The next edition will move into the greatest change for Capatin Britain and the charachter's real 'rebirth' - but this is a gem of a book. - Am I the only one who liked the original costume?
Completing the British "Super Spider-Man & Captain Britain" Weekly stories with the classic Marvel Team Up tale by fan favourites John Byrne & Chris Claremont.
However - the real reason you need to buy this Tpb - is the Black Knight saga from Hulk comics Weekly. A tolkeinseque fantasy set within the Marvel Universe explores the true origins of the Captain. Never reprinted before!
With a foreword by former Marvel UK editor Dez Skinn, (& a little letter by Neil,(Pet Shop Boys), Tennant), rounds off this must have collection!
They are followed by a team-up with Spider-man, as Brian travels to America as an exchange student to be shown how to be a real hero by Peter. (This rather patronising undercurrent, that Brian doesn't know how to be a hero despite all his acts of heroism, would carry over into most of Chris Claremont's work with the character.) The art is by John Byrne at the height of his powers so it looks great and the bad guy Arcade is quite fun and the story is muy enjoyable and reminds me that I wish someone would collect the Claremont and Byrne Marvel Team-ups as they were generally high quality stuff.
But the real evolution of Captain Britain begins as we move into the Black Knight strip, which again is black and white but with strongly rendered art by John Stokes and a semi-Tolkien script by Steve Parkhouse that blends an idiosyncratic take on Britain's local mythologies, such as trolls in armour, Mordred as a black wizard, mystic pathways and dog-faced elves, with two Marvel superheroes, Dane Whitman of the Avengers (though his civilian identity is not parsed, subsumed by his role as Merlin's champion) and a certain amnesiac whose identity is the reason for the story's inclusion in the TPB. In a way, it's the first time Captain Britain is truly British and paves the way for the Alan Moore makeover of the character due in the next volume.Read more ›