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I found this quite difficult to get into. I'm not familiar with Captain Britain as a character, and the two-paragraph synopsis was not sufficient for me to get the characters sorted out in my mind. So I spent some time wondering who I was meant to care about in the story. (And who was the rather cute woman who apparently gets torn in half on page 31, never to be mentioned again?)

Apart from that (fairly major) gripe, I did like the two main elements of the plot - the story of Captain Britain and his friends using cunning subterfuge to defeat a planned invasion of vampires from space led by Dracula, and the escape of our hero's wife from Hell. Also I fundamentally approve of Cornell's rewriting of Britishness as an inclusive project - here the vampires are the bigots obsessed with religious purity. And the artwork is rather gorgeous.

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steve_mollmann
May. 6th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
The woman who bites it on page 31 is just a woman Wisdom and Braddock met that night while out on the town, I think. But yes, Cornell tends to just throw you in even when you have read the other volumes; there were a few peripheral characters in this series that I never did sort out after four volumes.

The ruse-within-a-ruse structure was my favorite part of this. If you enjoyed the book's take on Britishness and artwork, I'd recommend seeking out the earlier volumes, which have both. The first one is my favorite, but the second is good, too.
londonkds
May. 6th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
I believe that one of the women who get killed is a flist member of mine who won a fannish auction thing to get killed off as a walk-on in the comic.
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londonkds
May. 6th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, the auction must have been someone else.
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