Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Captain Britain and The Siege of Camelot
The fourth volume of Panini UK's excellent collections of early Captain Britain adventures is out this week! Beneath a striking cover by Staz Johnson (shown above) Captain Britain: The Siege of Camelot reprints the conclusion of the Captain Britain / Black Knight series from Hulk Weekly Nos.42 - 55 and 57 - 63 drawn by John Stokes, as well as the Captain Britain strips from Marvel Super Heroes Nos.377 - 389 and The Daredevils Nos. 1 - 11 chronicling the stories by Dave Thorpe, Alan Moore and Alan Davis.
The book also includes exclusive introductions by Steve Parkhouse (writer of the Black Knight series) and David Thorpe, as well as the feature and art from the Captain Britain Summer Special and Inside Comics - A short history of Captain Britain by Alan Moore. There's also a wonderful brand new exclusive frontispiece drawn by John Stokes. Here's a preview of his original artwork...
The remainder of the Alan Davis / Alan Moore material, along with the Jamie Delano tales, will be collected in volume 5.
I for one have been looking forward to this book for many months and I'm sure fans of Captain Britain and British comics in general will welcome it. Collectors of IPC's old comics will be familiar with the work of John Stokes from Buster's Fishboy and Marney the Fox and Valiant's Star Trek strips, and The Black Knight stories he drew for Marvel UK are of the same high standard. Volume 3 of this Captain Britain series, The Lion and The Spider collected the earlier Black Knight strips so it's good to see volume 4 completing the run.
My thanks to Brady Webb at Panini UK for supplying the images and content info.