Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Alan Davis X-Men Archive Commissions

These are by Alan Davis, Captain Britain reprints, for the 'X-Men Archives' run. I think they're great, but Alan doesn't like the final quality of these prints.
The Alan Moore & Alan Davis run on Captain Britain, still to this day one of the greatest stories written in comicdom!

Monday, 30 January 2012

The Multiverse needs the Captain Britain Corps.

DC comics has the Green Lantern Corps, but what does Marvel have to equal them? The Green Lantern's are the guardians of the universe, they all have a sector each to patrol, and their base of operations is OA, a planet sized living thing. When one dies, the ring goes to another worthy replacement, etc.

The Captain Britain Corps are defenders of the Multiverse, they all have a reality to patrol, and their base of operations is Otherworld.
This has potential, doesn't it? Marvel have never been able to equal DC's Green Lantern, when you consider the similarities between other character's/teams - The Avengers/The Justice League of America, Legion of Superheroes/The Imperial Guard, Batman/Moon Knight or Daredevil, Wonder Woman/Ms. Marvel, Superman/Hulk, and I'm sure everyone can name numerous characters from both comic houses that can be paired.

Just thought of another similarity, all Green Lanterns wear green (it's in the name), and most, not all Captain Britain's wear red, white & blue.

Some of you may question that wouldn't it be boring if all the characters are called Captain Britain, not to mention confusing. This would be the case if they were indeed all called Captain Britain, but they are not. You have Captain Britain, Lionheart, Albion, Captain UK, Crusader X, and a host of numerous other characters. Granted a lot of the other's have Captain at the start of their names, but you would center the storyline around certain characters.

The Green Lantern's have key lantern's, and a host of back up character's. My way of thinking would be the core characters would have to be, Captain Britain (Obviously), Albion, Captain UK, Lionheart, Meggan, Saturnyne, Crusader X, Justicer Bull, Caledonia, Will Of The People and then a few back up character's.

The Captain Britain Corps...

Obviously every heroic team needs villains to go up against, and first and foremost you would have The Fury, and there's no reason why Necrom/Anti-Phoenix couldn't make a return, Gatecrasher's Technet, Mojo and his Warwolves, The Warpies, and I'm sure everyone can pick villains they'd like to see.


Surely it warrant's a mini-series?... or maybe a maxi series, would be nice. Drawn by Alan Davis, and written by Paul Cornell, or Alan Moore!

He sighs! The stuff of dreams!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Psylocke Sideshow Statue

Sideshow Collectibles have done it again. In March this year they are releasing a Premium statue of Captain Britain's sister (in the wrong body) Psylocke. It's going to retail at £190.00 ($299.00 USD), and is limited to 1500 pieces.

The full spec's on this piece taken from Sideshow's Website are...

The latest to join Sideshow's cast of Marvel Premium Format Figures is Psylocke. Each piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. Featuring a real fabric costume and presenting the psychic beauty in approximately 1:4 scale, the Psylocke Premium Format Figure is a stunning addition to any collection.
Gidget Earle
Tim Hanson
Kristafer Anka
Tony Ciprianno
Seth Rinaldi
Mireya Romo-Bowen
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles

License: Marvel
Product Type: Premium Format Figure
Product Size: 22.5" H (571.5mm) x 9" W (228.6mm) x 13" D (330.2mm)
Product Weight: 8.00 lbs (3.63 kg)
Box Size: 25.00" H (635mm) x 11.00" W (279.4mm) x 15.00" L (381mm)
Est. Shipping Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)
Dimensional Weight (DIM): 15 lbs
Int'l Dimensional Weight (DIM): 25 lbs

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hulk Comic #1 1979

In the 70's Marvel UK released several comics containing strips featuring Marvels favourite heroes, such as Spiderman and The Hulk. The comics would feature bite-size reprints of US comics, which were not available to all at the time with very few specialist comic shops around. The UK reprints were available on a weekly basis, and you could get them from your local newsagent.

Now and again Marvel UK would run a story that was written for the British public only, and would usually feature a UK based hero.

In 1979 Marvel UK released 'Hulk Comic', taking advantage of the popularity of The Hulk from the TV series.

What made this comic unique was the UK stories in this comic. The comic contained reprints from Hulk, Nick Fury and Ant Man, and original stories of Black Knight, with Captain Britain, and a character called Night Raven.

The Black Knight storyline with Captain Britain, was a Arthurian storyline, which you can now get as a Graphic novel, 'Siege of Camelot'. As far as the good Captain's involvement in this story, it follows directly from his stint in Marvel Team-Up with Spiderman battling Arcade. The story of his appearance in issue #4 goes something like this... He's flying back from America, when his plane crashes, he's washed up on a beach, where he fights the Black Knight, suffering from amnesia.
Black Knight, Captain Britain, Merlyn and a host of other characters fight to save Camelot, and Otherworld from the evil Necromon.

Night Raven was a bit different from the usual hero fare, and featured a vigilante, who used to use two colt guns, with the story set in the 1930's. It was written by Steve Parkhouse, and drawn by David lloyd, known for his art on 'V for Vendetta'.

Hulk Comic was worth buying for the British strips alone. I remember as a kid being quite excited about reading these stories each week, but had no interest in the reprint content, but without the popularity of the main characters in this comic, the Brit' stories probably wouldn't have seen the light of day.

If you want a more in depth feature on Hulk Comic, you should check out Dez Skinn's article on this on his website... http://dezskinn.com/Marvel-UK-3/

Friday, 27 January 2012

Uncanny X-Force #21: Otherworld Part 2

Part two of the Trial of Fantomex continues in the pages of Uncanny X-Force, which is set in Otherworld, and stars Captain Britain, with the Captain Britain Corps.
Betsy/Psylocke looks great in her Captain Britain costume. This will probably find it's way into graphic novel form, so i'll probably wait until then to buy it.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

What Next For Slaymaster?

Slaymaster, probably one of the best Captain Britain villains to date. He's been around since the 70's, and has been a thorn in the side many times. Yes, I know The Fury is the most iconic, and toughest of Cap's foes, but Slaymaster has been to cap, what Bullseye is to Daredevil, or the Green Goblin to Spider-man. Every hero has to have a arch-enemy, and Cap's was Slaymaster.

He first appeared in the British comic 'Super Spider-man and Captain Britain #243' looking like this...
He next appeared in Captain Britain's solo comic in the 80's with a different costume, and obsessed with Captain Britain, and his defeat, a typical arch-enemy thing to do. All of this written by Alan Moore, and Drawn by Alan Davis.
Alas the whole Slaymaster hates Captain Britain thing came to a pretty grisly end, for Slaymaster. Brian Braddock resigned from being Captain Britain, and his sister Betsy took up the mantle of the good Captain Britain. Slaymaster set a trap for Cap, expecting it to be Brian, but was a tad surprised when Betsy turns up. Slaymaster got Brian's attention by ripping out Betsy's eye's, the sort of nasty little thing an Arche-enemy does.
As you would expect Brian wa a little bit annoyed at what Slaymaster had done to his sister, and lost his temper, and killed Slaymaster with a big rock.
So no more Slaymaster, no more Arch-enemy!

But never fear Slaymaster has returned, granted he's not the original one, but someone called Jasper Bateman, a mercenary who was obsessed with Slaymaster's exploits. This episode happened in Deadpool team-up #893 in 2010.
Slaymaster was defeated by Captain Britain, and Deadpool, but I'm hoping that's not the last we see of him. Granted it's not the original one, but he'll do.

So come on Alan Davis, or Paul Cornell, please re-invent this rivalry between the two. Slaymaster and Captain Britain need to lock horns again, but hopefully written better than the team-up issue, and Alan Davis would be my first choice, only he can draw Captain Britain, how Captain Britain should look.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Iconic Excalibur Cover

Jamie Braddock is Captain Britain

Released today by Marvel is 'Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #6' which has Captain Britain in it.

I don't read any of the Ultimates comics released by Marvel, but this caught my eye. I'd heard that Jamie Braddock was the Captain Britain in The Ultimates, and for those of you that aren't aware what the Ultimates are they are an alternate timeline, featuring a lot of the usual characters, usually with different costumes, and sometimes different characters wearing the costumes.

Here's the cover for Ultimates #6

The question that sprung to mind was why is Jamie Braddock Captain Britain, and not Brian, which was answered by the Marvel database, marvel.wikia.com which goes a bit like this...

'Jamie Braddock is the brother of the former Captain Britain, Brian Braddock, and son of Dr. James Braddock. Though he survived an attack on Parliament by the Madrox' during Magneto's attack several months earlier, Brian succumbed to cancer and Jamie took up his mantle. Jamie is one of the E.D.I.'s new Excalibur-Class Super-Soldiers, thus making him a slight upgrade over his predecessor.'

So there you have it Jamie Braddock is Captain Britain of Earth-1610, but I prefer to remember him like this...