Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk - Captain Britain and MI13: Secret Invasion & Hell Comes to Birmingham (3 stars)

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Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk - Captain Britain and MI13: Secret Invasion & Hell Comes to Birmingham

The first two compilations of TV-writer Paul Cornell’s new run on Captain Britain kicks off during the huge Secret Invasion. Neatly setting itself in the Marvel universe, Cornell (whose credits include Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Coronation Street) has the Skrull invading Britain with the sole intention of stealing the source of all magic. The second collection, as the title suggests, brings demons and terror to the Midlands while vampire hunter Blade joins the team.

There’s a certain thrill in seeing the action played out on our shores, a rare sight in superhero comics. It’s a bit cheesy at times but never less than entertaining, though the team perhaps needs a bit more definition: most casual readers won’t know the history of characters such as Black Knight and SpitFire so there is a small level of confusion with regards to their powers and back-story. But this is a more than solid start to the rebirth of an iconic character.

(Marvel UK)

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