Monday, November 14, 2005

Got a mention in the new issue of Comics International (#191) which sports this rather fetching Shaun of the Dead cover. Article is 'Panini celebrates 10 years of Marvel UK'. Our (Jon Haward and I) second Spidey/Captain Britain strip is thus described "versus the old Alan Moore character, The Fury". Right, so no pressure then. The strip is due out next year. I'll no doubt be returning to the subject to wax lyrically ad nauseam, but it'll keep for another day. Editor Ed Hammond also hinted "maybe we'll make it a yearly thing of having a Spidey/Cap Britain team-up..." Well, Ed, god bless ya, I already have a storyline in my head for the next instalment, which I intend to verbally pitch to you this weekend at the Brighton Expo. Expect no mercy on this, although perhaps I should enact the deed while under my ten pint breakfast limit.

Anyway great cover and it inspired me to watch Shaun again on Saturday night. Was struck by how tightly written the opening scenes are, and how they tie in so effectively to what goes on later. Cock it!


Tom64 said...

As it happens I was just reading the X-Mens run-in with The Fury.

The beastie just appears, no reason given apart from the usual 'search and destroy' parameters of it's creation. Anyhoo it infects Sage who ends up fighting Wolverine, Storm and Nightcrawler (some nice touches in the story) whilst across the Altantic the main x-team battles big bad in person. Cue minuture black hole and The Fury sucked into a gravity well.

As I recall, The Fury was created to kill off all the Captian Britians, who by nature are magical and not mutants. So is The Fury still following it's programming or has it gone rogue?

And for an unstoppable killing machine it fails pretty miserably in the 'unstoppable' and 'killer' stakes. How many times has it been defeated now? Too many times for it to hold it's head up high at the yearly Monster Ball.

Hope your story has it investigating it's feminine side and indulging in a spot of flower arranging.

Jim Alexander said...


Many thanks for the post. I'd recommend you search out the Alan Moore/Alan Davis Captain Britain trade, published by Marvel. The Fury you read is the Marvel continuity version. That particular story was ok I thought, with breathtaking art, but some of the brazen power of the original Alan Moore version was lost shoehorning the character however faithfully into X-Men continuity. It's the price of badass fame my erudite young friend.

As for my take on the character it's as far as I could take the Alan Moore version with a Marvel continuity safety net to fall back on. You'll just have to read the story and judge for yourself. In, say, six months or so time.

And - as for Captain Britain being mutant or a product of magic - oh lordy there are threads out there decades old devoted to that subject alone.



Khayem said...

Hi Jim,

Guilty, m'lud, of writing the aforementioned CI article. That said, my submitted piece made no mention of the Fury being an Alan Moore creation. I figured (maybe wrongly) that people might have heard of The Fury anyway...

Sorry for any undue pressure/ stress. If there's a comics con in Bristol in 2006 & you can make it, I'll buy you a pint!


Jim Alexander said...

I will (most probably) be there.