Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk - Captain Britain and MI13: Vampire State (3 stars)

Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk - Captain Britain and MI13: Vampire State

(Marvel UK)

It’s a shame to see Paul Cornell’s rebirth of Captain Britain come to a close so quickly (the final six issues and the 2009 annual are collected here), but such is the fickle world of mainstream comics. At least it goes out with an almighty bang as Cap and his MI-13 cohorts (most notably Wisdom, Blade and The Black Knight) take on Dracula and his vampire hordes. It’s a gung-ho battle for the fate of Britain itself as the undead bloodsuckers declare war on the United Kingdom.

Cornell goes for old school thrills, but always injects the action with a few unseen twists. Dracula as always makes a fantastic villain, a perfect contrast to the derring-do of Captain Britain, but it’s Wisdom who steals the show with his dastardly analytical mind. Cornell wraps everything up nicely in the final issue, but there was clear potential for so much more.

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