CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS #1
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Alan Davis, Wil Quintana
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Al Ewing goes full on What If with a great cast of characters and the classic stylings of Alan Davis in this kickoff issue for Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #1.
The strength of the issue lies in the cast of characters and the take on this realm. Yinsen, Hobie Brown and Faiza Hussain are not characters we see every day (sadly) and Ewing brings them together in a way that could be very interesting going forward. These Defenders are straight up questioning the will of Doom and going to war with another character that’s been lost in the shuffle, Boss Cage. These characters are the cast-offs of series that have been forgotten or at least benched for too long, and having them together is an interesting dynamic. Ewing writes Faiza especially well, and readers who are new to the character are sure to fall for this newly crowned Captain Britain. Her dialogue is as sharp as that legendary blade she wields and she owns every page she appears on. While this issue is a lot of setup, Ewing caps it off nicely with a solid tease for the next issue and I’ll be coming back for his take on Faiza and to see where he takes this war between worlds.
Alan Davis does what Alan Davis does in this issue, delivering the same quality of artwork he has time after time. If you’re a fan of Davis’ work, you’ll dig what you find here. If you’re looking for a more modern, edgy take with some style and flair, this isn’t going to do much for you. His work is fine, consistent, and exactly what I expected when I saw his name on the cover. For my tastes, Faiza could use some more flair to really make the character soar. While this art is consistent, it is also pretty generic in the current superhero landscape and there aren’t any visuals in this issue that were very memorable.
Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #1 has a concept that intrigues me, some solid characters that are fun to have around again, and some rather boring artwork. Davis’ work isn’t bad, but it didn’t wow me at all and it deflated a lot of the momentum of the issue. I’ll be back for Ewing’s take on Faiza, but I’m not expecting to be astounded by the artwork in this series.
The Verdict: 6.5/10