Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Infinity: The Hunt and a few Bits & Bobs.

Hi folks,

Sorry that it's been a while since my last posts. Life has been getting in the way a bit.

But I thought I'd pop on this evening to tell you about a book that's coming out today (Wednesday 11th September) which may be of interest to long term Captain Britain and Marvel UK fans.

Marvel is back into Event Season again, right now. 'Infinity' kicked off a few weeks back, and while Captain Britain himself doesn't sound likely to be playing any part in it somebody close too him certainly seems to be.

This is the cover to Infinity: The Hunt #1, which came out today.

Take note of the blond at top left, wearing a suspiciously familiar green bodysuit...
Yes. That's Meggan Braddock (who does keep on getting booted back to that costume, doesn't she?). And if any further confirmation of it actually being Meggan were required you'll find it on page 1 of the Preview currently up at CBR.
And it's called the 'CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS'. Inspired by the 80s series of the same name.
Meggan's appearance here, alongside Wolverine (the Jean Grey School), Hank Pym (Avengers Academy) and She-Hulk (Future Foundation), is as a representative of Braddock Academy - the school for British teen heroes, which her and Captain Britain have been running of late.
Braddock Academy was first mentioned in the pages of Avengers Arena, in which several of its students have been kidnapped and pitted against each other by Arcade, in his new version of Murderworld. Another student, Magic Boots Mel, turned up the pages of an Age of Ultron tie-in issue of Avengers Assemble. This third appearance will no doubt showcase even more of the Academy's student body. Has to make you wonder if Marvel doesn't have some kind of long term plan for them.
Infinity: The Hunt is going to be a limited series of four issues. And while the Contest of Champions aspect is going to be the main focus it will apparently be disrupted by Thanos' grand plans for Earth, as detailed in the main Infinity series. The Solicit is as follows:
Written by Matt Kindt, art by Steven Sanders, cover by Slava Pasarin.
* Hank Pym, Wolverine, and She-Hulk bring the students of the Marvel Universe together to announce a new Contest of Champions!
* This Contest of Champions pits the super students of schools all over the Marvel U (including some you've never seen before) against each other.
* However, the Contest is interrupted when Thanos' forces descend on Earth. What do they have to do with the young heroes?
Matt Kindt I'm not so familiar with, but Steve Sanders you may remember from Kieron Gillen's S.W.O.R.D. ongoing series, a few years back. While it seems a little bit of an odd premise for a tie-in series (and I find myself trying to remember if Wolverine is still supposed to be on Earth in Infinity proper) it may prove quite interesting.
Infinity: The Hunt #1 is out today.
In other news I just thought that some of you might like to take a look over the following...
I'm often asked by readers of this blog, and visitors to the Captain Britain & MI13 thread on CBR's forums, as to where people might find a full list of books from the Marvel UK 90s imprint. Well over at Down the Tubes former Marvel UK editor John Freeman has been putting together a list of all the Imprint Years projects from Marvel UK - including a number of those which never quite made it put into print before the closure.
You can find the list here. It's pretty extensive, and includes a few interesting hints towards where Marvel UK might have gone had it not closed. For those of you looking to fill holes in your collection, but not knowing what you should be looking for, this may also come in very handy.

And finally, I've had another Blog post up over Weekly Geek Speak's website. This time a lengthy post on the subject of Crossovers. You can find that article here. So if you're inclined, drop in over there too.
Until next time.


  1. Yike. I dropped this after the first issue. Awful.

  2. A little disappointing I have to admit. And it seems that Braddock Academy are limited to only two (entirely new) characters. Not yet sold.