- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785108556
- ISBN-13: 978-0785108559
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain Britain TPB Paperback – February 1, 2002
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The book gets off to a head-scratching start; We're thrown into the closing chapters of a long-running story-arc that Moore & Davis had the misfortune of inheriting, but they do an amazing job of not only making the complex story and characters accessible, but actually making them interesting. Moore starts by killing Captain Britain, and rebuilding him from the ground up, as he would later do with DC's Swamp Thing. By the third or fourth chapter, Moore & Davis have hit their stride, and are beginning to impart their own voices on the book. Part of the fun is seeing how fast Moore and Davis grow as creators; Moore learns that sometimes silence can be just as powerful as words, and Davis becomes a confident, masterful storyteller in his own right. By the time I finished the book, I felt like I had just discovered a long-hidden masterpiece. I don't know if this is the ENTIRE Moore/Davis Captain Britain run, but if it isn't, I hope Marvel gets the rest into print again FAST. Fans of Marvel's Excalibur series will also be interested to know that this book contains the first appearance of Meggan, The Captain's future love interest. There's also a cameo appearance by the aforementioned Miracleman.
While not Moore's best work, it's still head-and-shoulders above 90% of the material out there. Give it a try!
While Alan Davis's pencil work here isn't quite as smooth and proportional as it becomes later in his career, it's still pretty appealing.
Despite all the little criticisms above, I thought it was a very engaging comics story (once you get past the first three or four chapters) with a lot of energy and a quirky, "Dr. Who meets the Terminator" type feel to it. But before buying the book, take into account that this isn't really prime Alan Moore or prime Alan Davis.
On top of this, Alan Davis' artwork is fantastic. Not nearly as clean as his later work, including his great runs on Excalibur, the artwork really works with Moore's writing.
This trade paperback collects the Captain Britain bits from THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #14-16, as well as CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1-14, stuff that were originally published in 1984 and '85. Chris Claremont writes the intro. Ian Rimmer, once editor to CAPTAIN MARVEL, writes the outro. And just so there's no confusion with that other trade that seems to share the same reviews, this graphic novel's cover presents the Captain and Meggan flying towards you on a yellow background. If you're any sort of fan of the Captain, then this run of issues is a must-have. Pertinent, life-changing stuff goes down in these pages. Continuity-wise, this volume picks up right after the reality-bending Jaspers' Warp saga. It finds Brian Braddock - the Captain's civilian identity - second-guessing himself.
Not that I follow Captain Britain that religiously, but even I recognize the seminal events in this trade. Early on we're introduced to the endearing were-creature Meggan and we track her evolution. How Meggan turns out - going from caterpillar to butterfly - provides one of this run's most wonderful moments.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent collection of early Captain Britain stories. Alan Davis at his best. A "must have" for Capt Britain fans.Published 11 months ago by MGG
This book is great, but many of these reviewers are writing about the wrong product! This is the volume that directly follows Alan Moore's classic run with Davis on Captain... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by snosquirrel2000
I haven't read the book yet, but I read the reviews and they're very misleading because, as someone else said, now that I read ALL the reviews, there are two Captain Britain TPB... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by JEAS
This trade paperback/graphic novel is a pretty good introduction to Alan Davis work. If you are familiar with his work on Excalibur, this is very similar and sets a good... Read morePublished on June 12, 2008 by J. Hawkins
Some very early Alan Moore and Alan Davis work. This, as we know, is a pretty decent combination, even though they were still learning. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
The original Captain Britain comics are hard for American readers to come by- this trade paperback (it IS the early Alan Moore material) shows some of Moore's earliest published... Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by Francisco Velasquez
Despite the reviews put in this category, the contents of this book has no involvement from Alan Moore. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by Dardanos
After the departure of writer Alan Moore at the conclusion of the Jaspers' Warp story, artist Alan Davis was joined by Jamie Delano (on Moores reccomendation) in chronicling the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by Cath
I have to get this out of the way first: this book is a must-have for any fans of Alan Moore's work on Miracleman! Read morePublished on October 24, 2003 by Babytoxie