Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Al Ewing Insight on Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders

This appeared today on, an interview with Al Ewing who is writing the Secret Wars tie-in, which is also being drawn by Alan Davis...

This is the Article in it's entirety...

Secret Wars (2015)

Secret Wars Correspondence: Captain Britain & The Mighty Defenders

Al Ewing opens the door to a world where heroic Faiza Hussein gathers her forces against a brutal descendant of Luke Cage!

A new Secret Wars demands new warriors. Spinning out from the core conflict into one of the countless Warzones! comes a new team of Defenders led by a Captain Britain with a twist.

“It’s Faiza Hussain, who became Captain Britain in the Age of Ultron tie-in I did a long time ago, when Brian Braddock passed on the title to her,” explains CAPTAIN BRITAIN & THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS writer Al Ewing. “She’s escaped the Age of Ultron universe and now she’s finding her way across Battleworld, searching for the other Captains Britain, and helping where she can along the way. She’s a healer by nature, and this is a situation where she can help and heal.”

The new Defenders spring forth from what’s left of a universe where scientist Ho Yinsen becomes an armored pacifist hero named Rescue. Ewing’s love for the concept cemented it in his brain for future exploration, leading to this Secret Wars installment.

“These Defenders are: She-Hulk, who’s relevant thematically, given her legal background,” he notes. “White Tiger, a version who doesn’t have the powers but fights on in her brother’s name anyway. Hobie Brown aka Spider Hero—a callback to my earliest MIGHTY AVENGERS issues there, with Hobie taking his friend’s name in tribute after this universe’s Spidey died during Spider-Verse. And last but not least, Ho Yinsen’s teenage daughter Antonia Yinsen, aka Kid Rescue, who’s keeping her Dad’s dream of universal peace alive as best she can.

“And they’re up against—Boss Cage! And the brutal and merciless futuropolis of Mondo City! Boss Cage, the clone of Luke Cage’s possible-future grandson Danny, is a fairly thinly-veiled expy of my personal favorite comic character, Judge Dredd, and I was very happy to see him when Jeff Parker first conjured him up a while back. For Boss Cage, the law is everything, and Mondo City law puts the welfare of its citizens over all other concerns—which is bad news for any neighboring territories with lots of resources who can’t defend themselves.”

CAPTAIN BRITAIN & THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS features locales that will challenge readers with their dichotomy.

“It’s a junction between two cities, or two chunks of cities,” says Ewing “On the one hand, you have Yinsen City, which is a lush paradise full of greenery, vertical farming, solar power and total sustainability. So they’re getting along pretty well on Battleworld, because their bit has everything needed to sustain life already in it. The chunk of Mondo City that survives on Battleworld, meanwhile, just has prisons, cops and weapons—infrastructure wasn’t as integrated, so they’ve lost it all and everything’s breaking down. It’s a recipe for conflict, and what we end up with is a conflict between two different types of British comics: dystopian dark satire and bright, sunny whimsy.

“Surely the bad guys won’t win this? But they’re the heroes of their own story—and anything’s possible on Battleworld, True Believer!”

The writer’s enthusiasm for the book stems from the freedom given to him to explore situations and scenarios both familiar to him, and expansive.

“When I was told about Secret Wars, there were a number of ways to cross over with it, depending on what sort of story I wanted to tell,” Ewing says. “I wanted to do an alternate universe story that distilled some of what I’ve been doing in [CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS], and continue those themes of people standing together to fight what can't be fought alone. And this is it!”

The book’s artist, Alan Davis, stands as no stranger to multiple versions of Captain Britain, having juggled a few in his time at Marvel.

“His involvement is a spur to me to write the absolute best possible plot I can,” Ewing explains. “Something that’ll stand the test of time and be remembered as a glittering diamond of a comic for generations to come. So no pressure!”

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders by Alan Davis

This was posted on the Alan Davis page less than an hour ago, under the title of 'Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders'. I have no information on this at this stage, apart from it's part of the upcoming Marvel Secret Wars... Excited?

I presume that's Captain Britain at the back, with She-Hulk, Faiza Hussain, White Tiger, a female Iron Man, and I'm guessing The Prowler with a Spidey-type costume?

Monday, 23 March 2015

New Captain Britain Convention Sketch by Alan Davis

I've said it before and I'll probably say it many, many, many times again... no-one can draw Captain Britain like Alan Davis. He captures not just the form, but the essence of what Captain Britain is.

Spotted this one on the Comic Art Fans website, posted 21/03/15. You lucky, lucky person Josh, whoever you are!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Spider-UK by Todd Nauck

Just spotted this on Todd Nauck's Facebook page, posted 19/03/15. Todd is one busy chap, love it!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Betsy Braddock Watercolour by David Mack

Check this out... a watercolour painting of our very own Betsy Braddock, painted by David Mack. I remember him from his excellent work he did on Daredevil.

The owner of this wonderful piece had this to say...

'David Mack is one of my all-time favourite artists, with such a unique style, and getting on his sketch list for LSCC 2015 was my main priority. However, I wasn't sure what level of work he would be doing, if at all.

In the end, I went all-in for a full watercolour piece.

I had wanted to get a Psylocke commission done for quite some time in her British supermodel days (i.e. pre-ninja body), but it was hard to find decent references. David asked which costume I wanted her in, and I said not to worry too much about that, just think British supermodel with purple hair and I'll leave the rest to you. So he didn't bother with the costume...

David, you are a superstar and an absolute gentleman - thank you.'

Friday, 20 March 2015

Nightcrawler #12 Preview Featuring the Warwolves

Chris Claremont

Todd Nauck

Rachelle Rosenberg

VC - Travis Lanham

Todd Nauck, Rachelle Rosenberg

Marvel Comics

25th March 2015

• Cast out of Heaven, Nightcrawler believed that he was sent back to Earth because his work just wasn’t yet finished.

• In this issue—the finale of Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck’s uninterrupted NIGHTCRAWLER saga—he may just finish it.

Monday, 2 March 2015

New Avengers #30 - Goodbye to the Captain Britain Corps

Released on 25th Feb was New Avengers #30, which features the fantastic cover drawn by Alan Davis depicting Captain Britain, standing amongst the dead bodies of the Captain Britain Corps. Even though the decimation of the corps annoys me, we all know, or hope it's not the end and they will be resurrected once more, once Marvel have finished tinkering with it's universe to presumably right the wrongs they've inflicted over the years... way too many events in my humble opinion.

Written by Jonathon Hickman and drawn by Kev Walker.