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Friday, February 13, 2009

My Week in Comics: Captain Britain and the MI:13 #10

Having been a comic book geek all these years, I just knew at the back of my mind that there will come a comic that will shatter the humdrum drolly-dol of week-in, week-out funnybook reading. Thank goodness then, for Captain Britain and the MI:13 #10.

In this issue, the team gets some downtime in a pub after their harrowing ordeal with the demon Plotka just last ish. Now, writer Paul Cornell could have left it at that, but he throws in a little something extra and gives us great insights into each and every character. It's not just talking heads here...every scene fleshes out these characters and their relationships with each other satisfyingly (the Black Knight/Faiza scene tugged at some heartstrings, to be honest). And in a bit of self-acknowledging genius, Blade actually admits to being such a caricature of himself and tries to learn not to keep his 'badaaaass vampire hunter' switch on all the time. Which is a great step towards relatability as a character, Mr. Blade.

Oh, and have I mentioned Spitfire beating some fucking SAS guys (these are some of the toughest SOBs in life) in a chugging contest? I think I found my soul mate.

But it's not all fun and games though, as the immortal vampire Dracula finally unleashes his devious plan to invade England, which involves shooting vampires towards Earth using vampire cannons stationed on the moon.

Repeat after me, people: Shooting vampires at Earth. Using vampire cannons. Stationed on the motherfucking moon. Comics just don't get any better than this. Dracula is stepping up his game, and I freaking love it.

And to round off this awesome comic is artist Leonard Kirk, who steps up the atmosphere for the Lord of Vampires himself. I've only seen Marvel's Dracula through old scans but I like how Kirk does him here: terrifying and over-the-top, just the way he likes it.

This is money well-spent, people. It's the perfect jumping on point for new readers of the series, and it's just so goddamn awesome. If there's a comic all other comics should aspire to be, it's this one!


My Rating: 10 out of 10

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