Captain America may be the world’s leading super-soldier, but he’s still just a man. Earth’s secret weapon could be another Captain, of an even older tradition. Created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe for a Marvel line of UK only titles in the late 70s, he is a man born in science but forged in magic with ties to King Arthur and Merlin himself. Although he’s largely been pigeon-holed to date as the UK equivalent to Captain America, he’s got the potential to be more than that — much more.
Last month I interviewed Rick Remender for Marvel.com about Uncanny X-Force which will feature a Captain Britain arc in 2012, and what he had to say about the Excalibur frontman was interesting. “ I like Brian because he’s a conflicted character; a man of science who had to accept magic,” Remender explained. “He has a suit of armor powered by magic, tied to his confidence level.”
Captain Britain is (finally) being brought out of his sheltered homeland and into the aforementioned Uncanny X-Force as well as accepting Captain America’s invitation to join the Avengers in Remender’s upcoming run on Secret Avengers.
For a modern Captain Britain series to work it can’t fall back on being just a British super-hero, just as Captain America isn’t just limited to fight inside U.S. borders. With his ties to Arthurian legend, the mysterious Otherworld, as well as the X-Men and now the Avengers, there’s alot for an able-bodied creative team to take advantage of to make Captain Britain interesting. You just need the right people to do it.
The Creative Team:
Writer – Rick Remender: You knew I was going in this direction, right? Remender is an avowed X-Men fan, and seeing as how Captain Britain and Excalibur were vital components of that thriving corner of the Marvel U in the late 80s and 90s I could easily see him being an expert on on Captain Britain from his Marvel UK roots to the vibrant Claremont/Davis ensemble series Excalibur. From the quote above you can see he’s put thought into the character’s concept, and if he could find a potent hook (like Uncanny X-Force being a secret mutant hitsquad) then I think he could do it here.
Artist – Patrick Gleason: Gleason has spent the vast majority of his eight year comics career drawing the ins and outs of the DCU. Currently drawing Batman & Robin, I could see Marvel giving Gleason an offer to jump ship and be the launch artist for a new Captain Britain series.
Cover Artist – Kieron Dwyer: He was one of the greatest Avengers artists in the past decade, but he’s largely been lost to the sands of time as it was in the shadow of the pre-Bendis era. Rick Remender’s known to stick with his favorite collaborators, and Dwyer charts in as his closest given Remender was his inker for over a decade. I’d love to see Remender draft Dwyer to do covers for a revitalized Captain Britain series and remind readers why he’s so great.