Captain Britain and MI13 #5 Monkey Variant Cover Marvel Blade Black Knight 1stPr


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Captain Britain and MI-13 Vol 1 # 5 (1:10 Yardin Monkey Variant)

Writer(s) Paul Cornell
Penciler(s) Pat Olliffe
Cover David Yardin
Inker(s) Paul Neary
Colorist(s) Brian Reber, Raul Trevino
Letterer(s) Joe Caramagna

Blade is back. And what is Lady Jacqueline Falsworth to him, except another dead vampire? Plus: Excalibur in the suburbs, the tears of a Skrull and tea with Union Jack. Pick up the hottest book to come out of SECRET INVASION, by Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, WISDOM) and Leonard Kirk (HULK: WARBOUND, Batman).

Featured Characters:

Captain Britain (Brian Braddock)
Pete Wisdom
Blade (Eric Brooks) (Joins team)
Spitfire (Jacqueline Falsworth-Crichton)
Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
Faiza Hussain
Alistaire Stuart
Captain Midlands (Sid Ridley)

Supporting Characters:

Union Jack (Joe Chapman)
Dr. Farida Hussain (First appearance)
Dr. Yusuf Hussain (First appearance)

Cornell uses the characters and their current affairs to define the purpose for this book. In dialog shared through the mouthpiece of MI-13, Pete Wisdom, and the Black Knight in his conversation with Drs. Hussain, “The public wants to see Captain Britain, flying into battle — Spitfire and Black Knight and any other famous heroes alongside — but they don’t necessarily need or want to know what their heroes will be fighting.”

Cornell proceeds to provide depth behind some, but not all, of the characters brought together in the previous quartet of issues. As gleaned in the Skrull storyline, it appears as though Faiza Hussain is going to provide the gateway for the reader into this team. Cornell, however, makes the character a difficult one to read at points, as her dialog is peppered with question marks that are best presumed to be the uncertainty of youth.

Pat Olliffe steps aboard to illustrate this issue, introducing Blade to the confines of MI-13. Every page is loaded with detail (bricks anyone?) Olliffe is a good pinch-hitter, but Leonard Kirk has already made this book his.

This issue doesn’t accomplish much beyond establishing the team’s direction and revealing a bit about how the recruitment process proceeds to fill the team’s ranks. This is a perfect breather for the team, both of characters and creators, as the cliffhanger final page indicates that we’ve got a lot coming up in one of Marvel’s surprisingly enjoyable new series.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.