Captain Britain and MI 13 #7
My player by player reactions...
It was... uh... okay but the series is still wanting. Curious if new readers to the MU can appreciate it as much as longtime readers (or vice versa for that matter). There's almost no backstory on any of the main characters told in 7 issues. Sure, Brian gets the bulk of the storyline so far but really how much was revealed of his past for readers to absorb all the development he is undergoing. In this story we know Meggan was his wife but are given/reminded of almost nothing of her/their rich history/canon.
How much has really been told of the Black Knight's Ebony Blade since #1. Does the last panel reveal/generate enough shock compared if more had been recapped or even footnoted? So, does this mean T'Challa really has the Ebony Blade and has been keeping this secret from Dane for some unclear reason? And this BK-helmet and T-shirt is... uh... NOT okay for me - he keeps looking only ½way changed; without the leather jacket its a very lazy look which contradicts how he is envisioned. Well, maybe his IS lazy since apparently he now dreams of giving up the Blade.
Blade 'temporarily' sparing Spitfire, and vice versa, was... uh... okay for a standard Marvel Tale but came across as very cliche which can jeopardize the presentation of these dark forces if they both end up being forgiving too often or to each other. Hopefully more vampire history is recapped because the surprise on Jacqui's face, that he brought back all the vampires, will mean more. Read 9-12 of his last series but OTTOMH recall being dubious at the after effect of that curse. To his credit, Blade is a very interesting MI13 character; moreso than the now-redundant suddenly-vampire Spitfire.
Faiza... uh... still not a fan - at all. And dont think she deserves/demonstrates the right to weild Excalibur yet. Better to just give her a magic forked stick to use as a divining rod to find evil. And with the implying but not revealing visions she has makes it hard to get to know her. If for example they did this mystery vision with Pete, at least readers could imagine the source of his expressions with his known history but it didnt work for her. Was she just plain lusting for Dane from previous issue hints? Dont care to much at this point.
Wisdom's story was okay. Though, only identified 'fake'-Maureen Raven from the internet.
Captain Midlands... uh... he was there.
There's fighting action but seemed too haphazard choreography. With the exception of Braddock Arms there was no interesting backgrounds. Plokta was visually interesting. Mrs Dunsley was his lackey named where 'fake'-Jaimie is not. Mindless Ones big solicited origin secret was that there created from dreamstuff energy. Still player dynamics did develop and the 'fake'-reunion was 'fake'-heartwarming. Okay issue... uh... but wanting for a fledgling title.
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