I’d been looking forward to this one-shot since the solicits, and it didn’t disappoint. Terrific stuff all round, and I highly recommend you pop out and buy it or download it from comiXology (as I did), because even if you’re not following the crossover, it’s a great read.
(If this turns out to be testing the water for a new ongoing, or a revival of MI:13, I’d also be very happy. It even raises the pleasant spectre of a ‘Captains’ miniseries… and I’m a big fan of the Captain Marvel redesign. Throw Americap in there, around the release of Winter Soldier next year, and you could have some globetrotting fun, with sales buoyed by interest in the movie.)
It’s worth saying again, though, that Captain Britain’s new powers are as evasive as ever, and it’s often hard to make them work effectively in-story.
Some of that comes from the off-stage wardrobe change back to the most iconic outfit between MI:13 and Uncanny X-Force/Secret Avengers - two differing takes on the character are now resident in the same suit, and thematically in competition with each other.
There’s a bit here, for instance, where Brian passes on all of his magic (in his helmet), but then still keeps his powers because… He’s feeling confident?
It all works perfectly with the well-played character bits, so it feels churlish to complain, but putting the Cornell Captain in the Moore suit still comes off as a mish-mash of competing intents.
That the suit allowed him to tap into wildly-occurring ‘magic’ always seemed like an elegant solution to the ‘infinite powers of a magic amulet’ problem, fusing pseudo-science to the hokey-cokey, Movie Thor-style, and giving him some tangible limits (as well as some Alan Davis iconography). The risk of having the suit or helmet damaged, and that connection impaired, was an Achilles Heel that was easy to understand.
I guess that the idea now is that the old suit gives him an added boost of confidence? That dress-shirt swagger… I’m sure there must have been a throwaway line in Remender’s run to that effect.
Anyway, don’t mind me. This one-shot was great, and if it leads to a series, I’ll be buying the heck out of it.