Friday's entry is for the man who gives his name to the title, Captain Britain himself. Cornell discusses how he sees Cap in comparison to Captain America, and the differences between attitudes between both characters and countries. He describes Captain Britain, as was done in his Wisdom miniseries, as:
Captain Britain can make grown men weep at the sight of him. The air around him is warm like a summer meadow. He smells of honey. If he had a theme, it'd be by Vaughan Williams. He is not an amiable buffoon. He is not an alcoholic -- he drinks normally for a European and not often to excess. He will fight them on the beaches. He will never surrender.
And that note about the alcohol, in particular, pleases me. Brian is not an alcoholic. I think there is the tendency in US comics, to see a character drunk and jump to the conclusion that this means they have a long standing 'drink problem'. But keep it in context, here. When we saw Brian binging in early issues of Excalibur it was shortly after (What he believed to be) the death of his twin sister. If ever there were a time a guy is allowed to get blind drunk that's the time!
The concept sketches on offer, from series artist Leonard Kirk, also look greatly promising. He appears to be drawing Cap in his original Alan Davis design costume - which is my own personal favourite, actually. I could never understand why that incarnation was dropped so early into Excalibur. Being an X-Men related book, it seemed especially unusual. The Union Flag motif on that version even practically creates an 'X' on the costume and don't those X-Teams just love that! ;-)
I think most people would agree with me that Alan Davis still draws the definitive Captain Britain, but looking at those sketches - in particular the shape of the mask - Kirk looks to have really done his homework. I greatly look forward to seeing his work inked and coloured.
For the full interview, and sketches, go to http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=13282
There will be two more entries this weekend. Saturday's is Spitfire and John the Skrull, so please do go back and browse.
EDIT: In the period of time it's taken me to get Blogger to publish this damn thing, John the Skrull already up: http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=13284
And if you want to know more about either Paul Cornell or Leonard Kirk they both have blogs you could visit: