Saturday, 11 May 2013

Spitfire One Shot Comic by Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell wrote the Captain Britain & MI13 comic series, which contained British heroes working for the government agency called MI13.

The team consisted of Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom, Black Knight, Spitfire, Faiza Hussain (Excalibur), and later on they are joined by Blade.

Spitfire and Blade struck up a relationship, that is once Blade had gotten over trying to kill her. Blade, the vampire hunter, tried to kill her because Spitfire is a vampire.

The story of how Jacqueline Falsworth became Spitfire, got bitten by Baron Blood, became an Invader, lost her powers, regained her powers, and youth, was explained at the start of this issue. In fact Spitfire's entire history was summed up on the very first page, from her very beginnings, right up until the happenings in the final MI13 comics, which were very vampire orientated, with Dracula, and a huge host of other well known vampires.

This story runs at the time of 'The Age of Heroes' happening in the Marvel Universe, with Captain Britain, Meggan, Pete Wisdom & Co hanging out with Steve Rogers, who after his rebirth became in charge of everything, well pretty much everything. Obviously Spitfire and Blade weren't invited to the big Marvel party.

The story itself centres around Spitfire, and Blade, and sort of explores their developing relationship, whilst Blade trains Spitfire to hone her vampire skills. They are in New York hunting a British vampire traitor called Ms. Bertram-Hayes, whilst the rest of the team are having fun elsewhere.

This whole hunt is a way for Blade to hone Spitfires ability, whilst sorting out that pesky aristocratic vampire problem. There's more dialogue, than action contained within this comic, but it is well scripted by Paul Cornell. A pretty much predictable storyline, Spitfire and Blade track her down, Blade is taken out pretty easily, and Spitfire faces her alone and wins by taking her head off.

I finished reading it, and the first thought that entered my head was, that was OK. It felt like one of those filler stories you get in a comic run. The sort of story you get when a major story has ended, and  the comic needs a non-connected tale, to fill the gap before normal service is resumed and another major story begins.

Spitfire was portrayed as a typically British aristocrat, but not in a cheesy Dick Van-Dyke type of British way. You can tell a British writer held the reigns. I enjoyed it, but now I've read it I can see why it's come under a bit of fire, but it did leave me wanting more!

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