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Scans from Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1 and Captain Britain and MI13 #13, both by Marvel's latest British import.

So, for Cornell's first issue, introducing the Young Avengers' first real rogues of their own, he opts to focus wholly on the new characters, with the classic team only showing up on the final page.  Since these guys are obviously going to end up as the Young Masters of Evil (the title of the arc is "Young Masters", for Christ's sake), you observe the varying degrees of villainy already present as they try to be heroes.  Four of the six are already pretty immoral, though not necessarily malicious; I'm not sure what to make of Coat of Arms, honestly.  She's some kind of meta-artist who paints pictures with questions like "Who is the greatest living artist: Gene Colan or Norman Osborn?"; Melter is the one who's really interested in being a hero in the classic mold.

I predict that by the end of this, he'll be the most messed up and evil of them all.

Over in Captain Britain and MI13, Dracula's plan to invade Britain proceeds apace, as Her Majesty's soldiers try to find foreign aid.  Norman says he's powerless to help them (of course, since Dracula made his deal with the Cabal, he obviously just doesn't want to).  Next up:

Dracula notes that Fake-Wanda isn't willing to break the barrier, just as he predicted; how he could predict that, I have no idea, since he clearly doesn't know that she's Loki, and he clearly says that it's not that she can't, just that she doesn't want to.

Anyway, Spitfire seems finally overcome by Dracula's will, and leads a vampire army against the team, killing Faiza:

Now, obviously, whatever happened there didn't happen like Mr. Minion is telling it to Dracula (personally, I'm guessing either that Spitfire wasn't really under Dracula's control and thus they all somehow tricked them (not sure how that would work, given the vampire horde) or, more likely, the MI13 that they fought wasn't the real deal).

Date: 2009-05-13 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oddpuppets.insanejournal.com
Marvel allowed Cornell a great deal of lee-way in MI:13, don't they? They just allowed him to *show* the entire English Parliament dead. Of course, as a US company, they obviously don't care that much, but it's like having Congress dead on-screen. In an Ennis or Ellis piece, sure - you have the President humiliated every second panel. But in a mainstream Marvel comic? That's pretty ballsy.

I have to say, more than anything else, that final page with Parliament slaughtered shocked me the most.

And how typical, Scotland being the last bastion of the UK. Some people just can't go down without a fight.

MI:13 started auspiciously. Vampire Invasion has pretty much cemented MI:13 as one of the most consistently entertaining and dramatic mainstream superhero comics out there.

Date: 2009-05-13 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenmask.insanejournal.com
Yeah, the dead parliament made me :O for a moment too. I do wonder though if any of them are actually identifiable? I confess I wouldn't know many politicians by sight at all, but, I wonder.

(I'm also not sure what to think/to think anything about there only being two skirts in that shot. A good show, a bad show, or reality?)

Good old Scotland.

Date: 2009-05-14 04:45 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Y'know, technically that's only the entire House of Commons.

Back to an Aristocratic Oligarchy for us!


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