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- Pick of the Week - 04.17.2013 - Captain Marvel #12
Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are.
We’ve taken a lot of heat in the last few weeks for our feelings on the last few Secret Invasion-related issues. I really, really liked the first issue of Secret Invasion and was all hyped up for the summer action movie story to come only to run at full speed into the hard brick wall that was the next few issues of New Avengers and Mighty Avengers and then Secret Invasion #2. Man, nothing happened in those issues! We have moved no further along in the story than were we found ourselves at the end of Secret Invasion #1. Super frustrating for me.
Thankfully we have Paul Cornell, Leonard Kirk and the rest of the Captain Britain and MI:13 team!
In this issue we see the Skrull invasion from the British side of the pond. It’s a nice change of pace as these things usually only take place in the United States and we usually only get to see that point of view. Showing the Skrulls attacking England gives the whole event a greater sense of scope and danger. The unusualness of seeing a more international perspective on this story is even referenced in the story, when one of the rescue workers says
Why us?! I thought they’d go after the States! They got all the bloody super heroes!
Well, no, good sir! We do not have all the bloody super heroes! Not when Captain Britain, Spitfire, The Black Knight, Pete Wisdom, and a sympathetic Skrull (who takes the form of John Lennon) are fighting the good fight! And that’s not to mention the unseen but mentioned Union Jack and someone named Captain Midlands (…really?)!
I am not the Marvel historian that Ron is so I am not as well versed in the intricate histories of all of the characters that appear in this issue as he probably is, but I’ve always liked the British heroes. When I was a young lad there was an issue of Captain America (somewhere in the 200s, maybe?) that featured Captain Britain on the cover and it always stuck with me. I liked that Britain had their own version of Steve Rogers, it seemed natural. It made sense. For some reason I was fine with Captain Britain in the pages of Captain America, but I never had an inclination to follow him to any other books, I never really read Excalibur or anything like that. The Black Knight is the same Black Knight who featured prominently in the Avengers of my formative years. He was someone I always really liked too. I haven’t seen much of him in the last few years and it would appear that he has taken up residence in London and eschewed the classic knight’s costume for jeans and a leather jacket to go with the helmet and the famous Ebony Blade. The rest of cast is made up of Spitfire (who I only know from the old Roy Thomas Invaders books and her brief appearance in the current Captain America series), Pete Wisdom (who I may not have ever encountered in the regular Marvel Universe), and John Lennon the Skrull. I don’t know if John Lennon the Skrull is a new character but he is an awesome character.
The story so far is pretty simple, but exciting. The Skrulls invade England and MI:13 (the British Intelligence agency dealing with the supernatural and the superheroic) deputizes just about every super hero in sight to deal with the invasion. Writer Paul Cornell does a great job with mixing in high action and great character moments. He also gives you all the information you need on the page. You can go into this issue not knowing who any of these characters are and you will not feel lost. All you need to know is that the Skrulls are invading and the Brits (and American ex-pats, apparently) are fighting back. Simple, exciting, and (as Paul Cornell is British) authentic.
I don’t want to diminish the other Secret Invasion books while praising this one, but I guess I kind of am. I have no doubt that, eventually, the main book and the Avengers books will explode with excitement but they’re not there yet. Excitement was what I wanted from Secret Invasion and excitement is what Captain Britain and the MI:13 provided.
Man, we loooove #1s, seemingly.
Did you read Captain Britain and MI:13 #1? Leave a comment and let everyone know what you thought!