Woo! First entry from the “New Blood” section of the reading list!
Now, I preface this by saying that I can’t think about Captain Britain without thinking about the title’s sequel title, Excalibur.
Growing up, one of my favourite series was Excalibur, a title which had a large-ish cast of weird characters including Nightcrawler (my fave X-Man who wasn’t Colossus), Meggan, Phoenix, Kitty Pryde and Captain Britain.
Excalibur is, in my mind, one of the best parts of the superhero genre being in turns funny and heavy and generally being X-Men writer Chris Claremont at his best. That he often (not always, sadly, but very often) had the ever-amazing Alan Davis doing the art was just icing on the cake.
But I’d never read the stuff that came before it.
This was the heady days before the internet and because very few of the Captain Britain stories made it stateside at the time, I just didn’t know where a lot of the stuff getting mentioned was coming from or where I’d find it. Who was Saturnyne? What’s up with the multiple universes? Who is this Captain Britain guy, anyway?
But they’re also questions I got used to not knowing the answer to. My local stores didn’t have an extensive collection of Excalibur and I didn’t want to pay the markup and shipping for places like Mile High so I largely just got used to having big chunks of things never quite filled in. But then my fiancee picked up the Captain Britain Omnibus and I set about to going through it.
So; does it work?
Yes and no.