Goodbye Captain Britain

As you may have noticed, there’s no solicitation today for #16 of Captain Britain and MI-13.  That, unfortunately, is because #15 is the last issue.  A lot of books end without a word from their creative teams, but, with Marvel’s blessing, I didn’t want that to be the case this time.  There are, I think, a few things worth saying at this point.  

Firstly, and most importantly, I wanted to say a huge thank you to our loyal and enthusiastic fans.  People like Mark Roberts (known as The Sword is Drawn), Dave Wallace, John Mosby, the guys at I,Fanboy, and all those others who’ve been so vocal for us on the internet, who have created and run banners in support of the book, and those who just bought the book and enjoyed it... you lot rock.

Secondly, I’ve been honoured to have had my scripts graced throughout the life of this comic not just by the talents of our various stellar fill in artists, and our special guests on the Annual, Marvellous Mike Collins and Awesome Adrian Alphona, but by the regular brilliance of Leonard ‘Captain’ Kirk.  He’s been worth his weight in gold, and is one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed this run so much.  It’s entirely possible our association isn’t over, and thank goodness for that.  Plus, one of the lovely things about this book is watching everyone step up, from colourists like Eager Beaver Brian Reber and Canny Christina Strain to our many talented inkers and letterers.  Maybe it’s the effort it takes to make the British visuals work that does it.  It’s been a delight to see so many people taking their work so seriously.

And, of course, where would I be without Naughty Nick Lowe and Daniel ‘Danny’ Ketchum?  (And back at the start, Nick’s first Assistant Editor, Will Panzo.) Nick was the first editor to take me on at Marvel, and he’s been a continual source of support and inspiration.  And deadlines.  I know for a fact that we’ll continue to be working together, and thank goodness for that too. 

Thirdly, you know that time when the whole internet thought we were cancelled?  We genuinely weren’t.  The book coming to an end now isn’t a revelation that the rumours then were ‘true all along’.  If it had been true then, I’d have told you then.  I think that controversy, and the extremely welcome reaction from fans, ended up doing a lot of good.

Lastly, and this is really important, while we didn’t know this would be the last arc until comparatively recently, I had it in mind that it was possible it would be from the time I started plotting it.  Indeed, the end of this arc marks the end of what I had planned for the book when I started.  One of the images right at the finish is what I always felt I was heading towards, and I’m very pleased I got there.  So: you will get a real, thorough, proper, ending, not just of ‘Vampire State’, but of the whole run.  It hasn’t been rushed to fit the space, it hasn’t been compromised, it won’t just suddenly cut off: it’s what I intended.  I think the Annual and the two remaining issues finish off one of my best stories in any media, and that story is actually the entirety of Captain Britain and MI-13.  You’ll see what I mean a bit more next issue.  This is a comic with a proper ending. 

I’ve enjoyed writing a monthly comic more than almost anything else I’ve done as a writer.  I’ve enjoyed collaborating with all these talented people.  I’ve particularly enjoyed becoming one of the gang at Marvel.  Please don’t desert us as we approach our ending.  I see it as the last three episodes of our last season.  So tell your friends, see if they want to catch up, and please join us for an ending where, as I think you saw last issue, literally anything can happen.

Thanks again for your support.  See you for the Annual on June 3rd.  And Cheerio.


147 Response to "Goodbye Captain Britain"

  • Vinnie Bartilucci Says:

    A damn shame. It was a unique book that dealt with a bit of the MU that was not being covered. Hopefully Marvel has lots of other things for you to do. Or perhaps DC has a few as well. The idea of you trying a Booster Gold issue or two makes the mind get up and go for a brisk walk.


  • Alan Says:

    Awww, MAN! Those beastly rumors from a bit ago have come home with a vengeance. I'm glad it's a clean break though.

    All the more reason to look forward to the Matt Smith season of Doctor Who. Not to say that you can't MULTITASK ... but ...

    ;-)


  • Matthew Pease - aka Poddington Says:

    it's a real shame Paul, i was joy reading the book each month. and it was great to see some UK heroes getting out in the marvel world. the title will be missed


  • Kev Says:

    Hi Paul, it's a shame it's coming to an end... as I've thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. However, you can be very proud of this work and rest assured that it has been a job very well done.

    All the best with your other projects, I look forward to them too.

    Kev


  • Rich Says:

    That's a shame, Paul - I really enjoyed the book.

    Hope you move on to other books, be they Marvel, DC or whatever. I know that your name's a mark of quality!


  • mark Says:

    Very sad.

    we were hoping to do an interview on the book in our next issue. I guess it will be saved for the 'gone too soon' article.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Gutted we're losing the best book every month from Marvel.

    Mark P


  • Josh Says:

    This really is sad news but looking at sales figures I can't say that it's unexpected. Maybe American comic buyers are just automatically put off the whole British angle which is sad as anyone who didn't read your run has really missed out. I hope Marvel as stuff in mind for you to do after Dark Young Avengers and Dark X-men. I wish all the best for you in future projects and liek others I'd love to see you do some thing with the next season of Doctor Who.


  • Jeri Says:

    I've been on-board since issue 1, over here in the Philippines and I'd just like to say that it's a shame that the book is ending. It's a great book sir, a big thank you to you and all of the people who brought it to us. Thank you. Captain Britain and the rest of MI:13 will be missed.


  • Jason Says:

    Terrible news. Just when the book had found its distinctive voice too. Self-contained, strongly written, it's a bad loss for the Marvel line - it was a priority book for me to pick up.

    Good luck with what comes next - hopefully you'll have a new assignment at Marvel before long. I just hope it's something which challenges our expectations and plays to your strengths as much as Cap/MI-13 did!


  • Scott Says:

    This comic was among my most anticipated and consistently enjoyable monthly reads, and although I am saddened by the news that it will be ended, I look forward to the final issues (and then revisiting the full run in TPB). Thanks for an outstanding and unique book!


  • Jim Gibbons Says:

    Overwhelming sadness...what a shame!

    I loved the book, Paul. And I can't wait to see what you're up to next!


  • The Sword Is Drawn Says:

    Well, it's an incredibly sad event. But I'd also like to take the opportunity to say thanks, Paul.

    This book has been a lot of fun. It's genuinely been on a par with anything that Marvel's Big Name books have had to offer this past year (And better in several cases).

    You provided us with a 'proper invasion' with Secret Invasion, and arguably have given Dark Reign a bit more bite with the current arc, despite not officially being part of the event.

    It's always a shame to see any good title come to an end, especially one us Brits have been able to feel so proud about. But at least we can say that while the book only made 15 issues they were 15 strong issues. And the run will stand up as a complete story, which will be remembered favourably as how to do a British Marvel comic properly and well.

    For that, Paul, we cannot thank you enough.

    It's been fun. And I wish you all the best for whichever title Marvel find you next.


  • Chris Says:

    oh fer f....
    This was the best thing I've read in years! It got me back into comic stores after a long time away! At last we had the British comic and Captain Britain we always deserved!

    oh I give up,*sigh* I've run out of exclamation marks anyway.

    Thanks to you and all involved. It really was first rate story telling and exceptional characterisation.


  • Seb Patrick Says:

    I'm really rather upset and annoyed about this.


  • Anonymous Says:

    I couldn't agree more with Sword, thank you Paul. You brought my Captain back and for that I will always be grateful.

    Gutted, but theres still a few issues left yet to enjoy.

    Cheers mate

    Darren


  • Jeff Says:

    Paul, I am like so many others who have left comments before me. I have been buying Cap since issue 1 and have loved it the entire time. It is such a shame it didn't find more of an audience here in America because it really was one of my favorite books each month. I am looking forward to your Dark Reign: Young Avengers as well as the Dark X-Men book.


  • Aelle3 Says:

    Oh no, im so sorry and really sad to hear that my fav monthly is no more. Thanks so much Paul for a great year


  • Matt Says:

    Absolutely a shame.

    I hate to talk while the body isn't cold yet, but tell us that you've got another ongoing in the works, preferably something with a really marketable character so it'll have a fighting chance in today's Direct Market. I'd really like to see you have a good 50 or 60 issue run on something, myself.


  • Emperor Says:

    I'm sorry to hear this, apparently a top quality comic book, with great word-of-mouth, massive fan support, overwhelmingly positive critical reaction, mainstream press coverage and solid publicity still can't survive as an ongoing. You have done everything you possibly could so you should be justifiable of what you have achieved.

    Hopefully, strong trade sales and perhaps a few Eagle Awards (nominations are open and I've thrown a handful of nominations your way) will show there is still a lot of desire for this kind of thing and you get to give the team an airing in some limited series from time to time (even if it is connected to an event - you've demonstrated how to craft a standalone story which still draws on the broader events happening elsewhere in the Marvel Universe).

    And good luck with other future projects too.


  • Jay Says:

    *SIGH* ... I was ready to rant on the injustice that Marvel keeps some really shoddy/bad comics going simply because they have always kept them going when they cancel a top-notch comic like this where a writer 'gets' the characters, is telling tales that mean something AND work in the dread 'c' word (continuity, donchaknow).

    ... however you already know that so I will just say 'thank you' for putting out this damn fine book!

    Hopefully you will come out with something just as great (ever thought about Animal Man?!?!? ;o) ).

    Jay


  • Rich Says:

    Bad times, one of the very few good Marvel comics being produced at the moment........but then why not end on a high? This series deserves it.

    Good Luck to you Paul, you’ve done us Brits proud! I look forward to see what you and the rest of the team do next.


  • Kirk Warren Says:

    A damn shame, this is. Quite possibly the best book Marvel was putting out and it will be missed. Any plans for where you and Leonard will end up after this?


  • Paulley Says:

    God bless you for making a British comic that had the real essence of our country. Though we may have only got 15 issues (+ an Annual), they have all been pure quality and that sorta run of quality is something few current books could hope for.

    I will miss reading this book, almost as much as i will miss seeing these characters written so well.

    Its a great shame but i hope you find another niche in the Marvel Universe and define it like you have UK. And hopefully, if we petition Marvel enough, maybe we can get an MI:13 mini or two *fingers crossed*

    ok, im off to go cry a little now.


  • Ben Weldon Says:

    Fuck. Fuck fuck fuckaty fuck :-(


  • Woodrow Says:

    Paul,

    Terrible to hear but I'm thrilled that you're taking it so well and were able to tell a complete story without having to race to wrap up things unexpectedly.

    As a 30-year Marvel Zombie this book was a true treat. Modern story-telling sensibility featuring some of the formative characters of my early comics-reading experience.

    Captain Britain via Marvel UK and then Excalibur were amazing, made me an Alan Davis fan for life, and you captured that same sense of grandeur and adventure.

    And anyone born in the 70s reading Marvel had to LOVE Tomb of Dracula, and your use of Dracula and Blade in this book did Gene Colan, Archie Goodwin and Marv Wolfman proud.

    All the best,

    Jason


    Jason Wood
    Co-Host -- 11 O'Clock Comics
    www.11oclockcomics.com


  • James Figueiredo Says:

    On, man, that's terrible news - I'm enjoying the heck outta this series, you guys have been doing an EXCELLENT job on the characters and stories.

    Thank you for such a great comic amidst all of the bombastic-crossover-event crap we've been enduring for the past years, and I'll be following you guys on whenever future projects you work on!

    Best,
    J.


  • The Acrobatic Flea Says:

    A real shame as this was one of the last remaing Marvel titles on my monthly pull list. Oh well, it's their loss :(


  • Ron Says:

    Captain Britain has been my favourite team book at Marvel since it's inception.

    Thank you Paul, Leonard, Nick, and everyone else involved, for this wonderfully entertaining series. This book, more than any other from _any_ company, made me EXCITED on the day of its release.

    I look forward to reading more of your work elsewhere, Paul.


  • Jim B. Says:

    I'm sorry to see one of my favorite books go. You even made me like Blade, fer chrissakes!

    But... I can't wait to see what both you and Leonard do next. Congratulations on a fantastic sixteen issues.


  • Safraz Says:

    Can't say I'm surprised, although I will miss the series a lot. It was always at or near the top of my pile on Wednesdays and represented a truly fun, adventurous sort of superhero comic that seems to be losing ground against the oppressively dark and angsty majority.

    As a Black Knight fan, I'm particularly sad to see MI-13 go, since it's rare for writers to pick up such an obscure character and treat him so well. I guess rather than a blossoming relationship with Faiza, all Dane has to look forward to now is limbo or a cheap shock death in the next big crossover. :(


  • Craggers Says:

    This has been from issue 3 "My first read from the pile comic".
    It has been a great run and it is satisfying that it will not finish on a rapidly wrapped up note. Still this is a real blow to me and other fans of this brilliant title.
    You've teased me with Meggan (one of my all time favourite characters) in many of the issues and now I see her on the cover of the annual so from this fan you are definitely going out on a high.
    I have bought Dark Reign Young Avengers and I will be buying Dark X Men. I know they are in safe hands with you.
    Thanks to you and your team for creating a genuinely british voice in the Marvel universe.


  • Dana Says:

    I'm so bummed. CB&MI13 has been one of my favorite books since it started and my Pick of the Week almost every time it came out. All I can say is I'll be in line for everything with the name Paul Cornell on it from here on out! (Loved the first issue of DR:YA btw)


  • Niall Says:

    Ah crap. Here's hoping for a trades inspired resurrection.

    The book was an excellent read Paul. Here's hoping at all your future projects are just as good.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Well, this genuinely upsets me. I really love this book and have been singing its praises to anyone who'll listen since issue one. My only consolation is how much I enjoyed 'Dark Reign: Young Avengers' and the hope that you'll continue your comics work in some vein or another. (Vampire joke? You tell me.)

    Thanks for everything, Paul.

    -JBLove


  • RickyD410 Says:

    Damnit!! Part of my soul just died. Paul, thanks for all your hard work. I absolutely loved evey second of it. Are there at LEAST any chances of a mini or something?

    This makes me incredibly sad.


  • pompster Says:

    A damn shame. This corner of the MU feels like home to me and your guardianship of it has been the most fun since Alan Moore's run on the character. I'm going to miss this and will look out for whatever you do next.


  • pompster Says:

    A damn shame. This corner of the MU feels like home to me and your guardianship of it has been the most fun since Alan Moore's run on the character. I'm going to miss this and will look out for whatever you do next.


  • Anonymous Says:

    A damn shame. Unfortunately all I can do is rehash what has already been said - this is a great series cut off in it's prime.

    Paul, I hope you get the opportunity to tell the stories you want to, whatever your next comics project is. You have made so many fans through CB MI-13, I hope this is just the beginning of a stellar comics career.

    But enough of the mopin' awready - we've still got 3 great issues of this series to read!!!

    Best,
    Rick


  • TS Says:

    I'm sorry to hear the news, though being a latecomer, I've only been enjoying and looking forward to these characters and stories for a handful of months. What a sad, sweet, short ride in more ways than one, then. In fact, I honestly can't remember when I've read a better ongoing, and I'll not be getting over the loss anytime soon. Thanks to all involved for your stellar efforts; it couldn't have been done any better.


  • Colin Says:

    Great book Paul thanks for all you're efforts its a real shame that its not found its market it deserved better. But I'm sure your considerable talents will see you on another great title soon (gooooo on try DC for me!?!)


  • Timbotron Says:

    I've been buying since issue 1. I've personally gotten 3 buddies to pick it up too, but too little help, I suppose.

    The good news is I'm now keeping an eye out for more of your work, Paul, and I'll be picking it up in the future.

    This was a great book, thanks for using Black Knight!


  • Gary Fitzgerald Says:

    shame.. one of the books I genuinely looked forward to..


  • Matt Ampersand Says:

    Wait, I have an idea! How about you rename it to Wolverine, Captain Britain and MI 13? That should help sales!

    Kidding aside, I am really sad (like everyone else) to see this series go. Here's hoping there's more in the future.


  • Dan Says:

    Paul, pull some strings with the BBC - get us a tv series continuing the adventures!


  • YorkshireNed Says:

    Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn.


  • Josh Says:

    I am damn disappointed. I love that book. I love describing that book to my friends ("Dracula launches vampires at MI13 from his castle on the moon..."). Thanks, Paul, for writing an amazing book with a good bit of pathos and a great lot of fun.


  • hasoon Says:

    NO! D:}

    Captain Britain & MI:13 made me give Marvel a chance again after a break that started whenever the heck House of M started getting going. I have LOVED it, every single issue. And all the back-issues and Essential volumes I've bought since I started reading have been because they related to characters in the book (or appeared in these books that related to the characters in CB).

    Thanks for the adventure, the characters, the squeaking that I did in issue 13, and the tears and the pride.


  • Matt Says:

    Gutted - this is the first book I read every month. I'm subscribed up the end of the run, looking forward to enjoying the last issues!


  • Adele Says:

    :(

    I had been worried about the sales figures but hoped...

    Still, glad to hear you're happy that it's finished properly and thank you for giving us such a distinctively British book that turned out to be one of the highlights of my (and it appears, many others') month. I look forward to the next few issues as well as your future work.

    And heck, I've been trying to cut down on the number of monthlies I buy... ;)


  • Mart Says:

    I've had the most brilliant day and now I feel totally flat. Marvel's out and out best book, gone.

    Thanks to you, Paul, and all the creatives (and that includes the editors and hard-working production folk).

    (And there's me just sent a tremendously positive review of #13to a US comics mag, ending with a recommendation to 'buy the collections, or just dive in'. Kiss of death, me.)


  • Vonice Says:

    I´m from Mexico, and down here it´s pretty hard to find American comic books, especially the ones that aren´t as popular as Spider-man or Wolverine, so i´ve had a lot of trouble keeping track of Cap. Britain, but I can tell you it´s been all worth it.

    Since I heard all those good things about it during Secret Invasion, I knew this book was something special, mostly because it´s very hard to make a good tie-in book, but you managed to do it, and to create a good premise from it.

    So, thank you Mr. Cornell, for one great read, and good luck on your next project, wich I will definetly read.


  • John M Osborne Says:

    Paul -

    The work here on Captain Britain has been consistently good, far-reaching, well-told stories. You have had a lot of support, if only there was a way to promote it further.

    I'm a filthy American.

    Excalibur was the comic that brought me into comics. To see that you were to continue Captain Britain, and Meggan's story, in such a great superpowered spy agency way - I must say -

    You jumped past my expectations with issue 1, and you continued to hit it out of the park (can you do that in Cricket?) with each subsequent issue.

    My hat is off to you.


  • Nick Says:

    These are very sad news.CB&MI13 is one of my favorites,and I thank you and the rest of the creating team for making this comic.

    Since you will still be working with Marvel,does it mean you will work with these characters again,at least in mini series?I realise it is too early to tell,but one can always hope.


  • Stu Says:

    That sucks. I really enjoyed Captain Britain, and I hope the characters get to stay on in some form, hopefully with your input. Thanks.


  • Keith Says:

    I'm really sorry to hear this.
    There's stuff out there that shouldn't even be printed and Marvel is choosing to cut out one of the three best books they've put out in the last few years.
    I've looked forward to this book month in and month out and I'll be extremely disappointed when it's gone.
    Paul, you and the creative team have done a wonderful job on this book. Can't thank you enough.
    ...now please tell me there's a way to save it.


  • Anonymous Says:

    CB & MI:13 will be sorely missed, sir...

    I do look forward to your other Marvel work in the future...

    Any chance of a Captain Britain or Pete Wisdom or Black Knight backup feature in another Marvel book? (Like Van Lente's She-Hulk feature?)


  • Diane S. Says:

    Well, this was just heartbreaking news.

    Thank you, Paul -- and thanks also to Leonard Kirk for his LOVELY art -- for this series. I loved it to pieces. I'm a Pete Wisdom fan, so I've been with you since the "Wisdom" miniseries, and it's been a great ride! I hope that somewhere in the remaining issues you have written a nice showcase scene for Mr. Wisdom -- he deserves a little spotlight now and again. It makes me so sad to think he'll have to go back into limbo after this.... :(

    I wish you the best in your future projects. You are a wonderful writer, and I will be on the lookout for your subsequent works.

    I'm going to miss this book so much, and my darling Pete....

    Ugh, depressing! *shakes fist at Marvel*

    ~Diane~


  • btnash Says:

    Now I feel bad for trade waiting...

    Keep up the great work Paul (and everyone else involved), maybe we can pull off an Agents of Atlas style resurrection sometime in the future.

    btnash


  • gunner Says:

    bah! I really felt like this series was just getting going. There remains so much untapped potential. I'll be following you onto future projects Mr. Cornell, please keep us apprised. Be well...


  • keith mcewen Says:

    this is a true tragedy. as i only collect a handful of books a month, this was my absolute favorite every month. indeed, this was my favorite book in a loooong time. i can't even express how pleased i was to see two of my favorite characters (Wisdom and, of course, Cap) being written so brilliantly. i look forward to your next works, and am glad that you got to finish this amazing book on your terms, but it will surely be missed.


  • Mark Clapham Says:

    What a downer. I hope you get to play with these characters again before too long.


  • govikes Says:

    Paul,

    I just wanted to let you know that I am very upset about this. However, thank you for providing great entertainment. I was really happy about how you rescued the Black Knight from comic book limbo and how he was written and drawn, especially in the last couple of issues.

    Your team is Marvel's best.

    I wish you success in anything you do.


  • joelmead Says:

    I feel quite sad this has happened as the book has been a really enjoyable read. Here's hoping that Brian Braddock will return again soon…


  • Anonymous Says:

    Wow- I have been an evangelist for this book since issue 2! I'm glad you get to end it as you wish--> but I'll certainly miss it. I really hope you get to write more books that explore supernatural themes in an everyday context.

    Thanks for the fun ride,

    Jeff Cannell
    Columbus Ohio


  • CeeCee Says:

    Paul, it was a pleasure. And I look forward to working with you more on DR: YA.

    Thank you for all that you taught this silly American about Cricket. :) All I knew about the sport was that India was HARDCORE about it and loved running ads for their team during the World Cup on Star TV back when I lived in Korea. w00t!

    -Christina Strain


  • Tony Says:

    Why is it always the quality books that get canceled? Oh, well. Thank you Paul, for bringing my favourite character back to greatness. No doubt we'll be hearing more from you soon-and no doubt we'll inevitably be hearing more from the indomitable Captain Britain before too long, too. I look forward to seeing what kind of send off you give him and the rest of MI13.
    Tony Ingram


  • Steeley Says:

    Darn, this has been the best Marvel title in years, here's hoping there'll be more tales from MI13 at some point in the future (infact tales from MI13 sounds like a good name for a book or howabout 'From The Files of MI13' you could probably do a few one shots here and there if you had the stories)


  • Bill Reed Says:

    Your work on the series was fantastic, Monsieur Cornell, and it quickly became my favorite series at Marvel, getting better and better with each issue. I eagerly chased folks down in the street and physically accosted them, demanding they purchase your fine series of comics periodicals. Perhaps that was the wrong sales tactic, but I did me best.


  • Scott Says:

    I didn't know the sales figures, I just knew that I was as impressed with the quality of this book every month as I was with most of the JSA run. Too many comics sacrifice art and well-thought-out stories. This was the best Captain Britain/Black Knight/Spitfire/Blade rendition of all of these characters I've ever read. Further, a GREAT use of a female muslim character! I really, really liked it. I'm sorry this is ending. Thanks for making my monthly comic visits a little better 16 times, at least!


  • Niall Says:

    Paul, would you consider writing the team as a back-up strip in another book if that was an option?


  • DanielW Says:

    There's a pint of your favourite poison waiting for you Paul, next time your in my neck of the woods (Brisbane, Queensland).

    Damn shame.
    Well, that's the last Marvel comic I had in my pull list gone.


    I'm glad you've got the chance to tie-up loose ends and stuff, it's galling for the read for it to just die so I can only imagine how blooming bad it is for the writer.



    PS IDW is doing Doctor Who comics ;-) Just saying...


  • Dixon Says:

    Absolutely terrible news! This was my favorite book going, and I'm very disappointed I wont be able to continue to pick it up every month.


  • Tromeritus Says:

    For goodness sake...

    What am I going to do without Sir Paul and Kirk every month? Looks like I'll be scurrying to pick up the Young Avengers mini, but it won't be the same. I can only hope we get at least a one-shot if not a mini-series to keep things going (hey, if Union Jack could swing it...). I'd even take an issue of Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes to get more MI-13.

    I send my thanks to you and the staff for your hard work in developing my favorite comic book.


  • onefinemess Says:

    Total bummer.
    One of the few new series I made a commitment to in the hopes that it lasted.

    Agree with all the other comments about crap continuing to pile up and the good stuff getting canned.

    Sigh. I really enjoyed this book - thanks for the run while it lasted.


  • Anonymous Says:

    It bothers me greatly that one of the best books from Marvel is being canceled. This is the most I've enjoyed Captain Britain and his cast in years, so it's really sad that he's going out this early. I'm glad you got to fully tell your story, but I selfishly wanted more. So sue me. :P

    Without dwelling on bad news, I want to say "thank you" for making such an enjoyable book. I loved the Secret Invasion tie-in and I think the current Vampire arc makes the majority of SI look even more tame than I originally thought. Hopefully your DR: YA mini does well and Marvel gives you another monthly.


  • Matt Says:

    Such a shame. Was my favorite Marvel book. Thanks Paul and the whole crew for producing such a wonderful title. I won't miss it all too much since I will rereading it so many times! :)

    I look forward to your new projects!


  • Encyclopedia Bruin Says:

    Drat. :(

    David in Florida


  • Geographing Says:

    Absolute damn shame. Captain Britain was the most thoroughly fun comic book coming out these days. I mean, it had Dracula and Doctor Doom meeting on the moon! I held that page up to every single customer in my store the day it came out- how could anyone not buy that?

    Thanks for the run, and hope to see something more out of you along the same lines soon.


  • Joe Says:

    That's just awful. Britain was hands down the best Marvel title I'm reading. It's going to be a shame to see it go-- Now I can't say that I read the best of both Marvel and DC (Secret Six). I suppose Six is in danger of the axe too, considering its sales aren't much better.

    I hope you get a new series soon. I'm on board no matter what it might be.


  • Ray Henderson Says:

    I'm very sad to see this book go. The Two Captains - America and Britain - are at the top of my "must-read" list every month. Captain Britain and MI13 was (IS) a great series. Thanks, and good luck in all your future projects.


  • Dan Shenton Says:

    That's a real shame, one of the best books out there, certainly one of my favourites. It was good to see the British side of the MU get a decent representation from an outstanding imagination. You're really an inspiration to myself as an aspiring british writer, and I'm sure to many more.

    I loved Rudiments of Wisdom, I love this book and your work on Doctor Who, and I look forward to what the future has in store for your work. Keep on being brilliant


  • Xavier Cristóbal Says:

    I'm sorry Paul. Captain Britain is a great character. I have a new superhero and I invite you to visit his page, http://prodigy-man.blogspot.com/ . 'Prodigy-man' is a special of 40 minutes, more or less. He is a flying superhero in Barcelona and we hace special guest-stars like Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy) or Eduardo Noriega.
    May the Force Be with you, Paul.
    See you.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Marvel dont know whst they've done. rid the world of rheyre best ever title, and they're best superhero.

    Paul so sorry its all ending, if only we could change their minds.
    The last CB & M I 13 is the last Marvel comic I buy for sometime, until you write something else or the return of CB

    Thanks Paul for a Fantastic Comic

    Steve Herbert


  • Patrick Says:

    Like many others, just want to say thanks for a great read. Really loved it while it lasted ... best wishes with future endeavors.


  • Geoff Says:

    Sad, sad news. But at least there are three more issues of this wonderful title (I've been telling everyone I know about that upcoming cricket vignette in the Annual!). Hopefully Pete 'n' Braddock resurface soon after.

    Do hurry back to comics, Mr. C!

    Lots of love.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Phew, well, what can I say but thanks, everybody! I'm really flattered by the huge response. I certainly do intend to stay in comics (with two Marvel titles announced at the moment) and yes, all of Cap will be collected in trades, very swiftly. Christina, lovely to hear from you, thanks for all your hard work. Cheers, all!


  • padguy Says:

    Really sorry to hear that, Paul.

    PAD


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    That's very kind of you, Peter.


  • max Says:

    nooooooooooooooooo

    Would a petition help?

    Could you carry on the story in book form?

    :(

    mini-series???


  • T2 Says:

    I'm really upset by this news. I have never been a fan of Captain Britain (despite being British) and was less than enthusiastic about another Secret Invasion tie-in. However good word-of-mouth got me into the book and it has been one of my favourite Marvel reads over the last year (along with Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy - proof that British writers are just awesome). This has really ruined my day.

    It's a shame to see it go, but a testament to the book is the number of people who have been so vocal about it on the net and in stores. Thank you and best of luck with your future ventures. I will be picking them up for sure.


  • freemach Says:

    Absolutely gutted!
    Oh well back out of comics again, but hopefully I will be able to come out of hibernation one day if Cap comes back!

    Thank you Paul for restoring Captain Britain to his former glory and away from being a bumbling alcoholic who can't leave our tiny Island for fear of losing his powers.
    He was always my favourite character who for so many years had so little opportunity to shine. Thank you for giving him his moment in the sun, which like the British summertime was all too brief!

    Thank you


  • freemach Says:

    Absolutely gutted!
    Oh well back out of comics again, but hopefully I will be able to come out of hibernation one day if Cap comes back!

    Thank you Paul for restoring Captain Britain to his former glory and away from being a bumbling alcoholic who can't leave our tiny Island for fear of losing his powers.
    He was always my favourite character who for so many years had so little opportunity to shine. Thank you for giving him his moment in the sun, which like the British summertime was all too brief!

    Thank you


  • Siskoid Says:

    It was a great series (still is), and I'm glad you're getting to do the ending you wanted. As ever, Paul Cornell, you are a major class act.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Please someone stop this from happening if Spider Girl can be saved, God knows how many times, S can Captain Britain.


  • Hello Internet Says:

    That is brutally sad news. You've written one of the best books put out in a long time. Is there ANY chance that Captain Britain will return, written by you, in any form in the future?


  • Jason in Hollywood Says:

    Loved your ideas and creativity for Cap & MI:13 - will be sadly missed (although i'll enjoy the issues yet to be released).

    I suppose this just means yet another Wolverine or Punisher comic from Marvel, cos lord knows we need more of those :-(

    Look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!


  • Jay Says:

    Paul, I never thought in a million years I would care about most of these characters, and you punched me in the face with a whole lot of awesome. Love this book.

    It's hard to make snide 'Dark Reign' comments, because a 'Secret Invasion' banner is why I picked this book up at number 1. Frankly, I'd rather have this than Claremont's 90's fanfic.

    I hope Marvel has big plans for you, you're one of the strongets writers in the company.

    Uncanny X Men, please?


  • Jim McDermott, SJ Says:

    Paul, Sorry to hear about Captain Britain. You've got great gifts.


  • Encyclopedia Bruin Says:

    Um... Jay, as someone who is profoundly eager for X-Men Forever, if you're going to avoid "snide Dark Reign comments," could you also avoid snide Claremont ones too?

    I think Paul could do well with Uncanny X-Men too -- I don't care for the current direction that series, or the whole mainstream present-day 616 MU has, and I think he could bring back some long-missed (by me, anyway) classic heroism to the MU. But there's no need to put down one good series in order to praise another.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Gutted, absolutley gutted. Thanks for all the hard work Paul and team. Lets hope marvel comes to their senses and finds a way to make Captain Britain return.


  • Riding Ghost Says:

    That stinks of rotted cheese. I was sucked into the series and had high hopes of seeing Elsa Bloodstone pop up somewhere along the line. (seeing as how her blood is poison to vamps and she's British, she would have made a perfect fit.) Eh, thanks for the good read nonetheless. Looking forward to what comes next.


  • King Viswa Says:

    Paul,

    Felt very sad to hear.It was among the Best in the Marvel Line Up in recent times. The Content made it to stand out.

    CB was one of my Fav's and Hopefully in the near future things will work out.

    It's a Very SAD, SAD Day, Indeed.

    Anyway, Life goes On and all the best for your next project.

    King Viswa
    Carpe Diem.
    Tamil Comics Ulagam


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks again, all. And indeed, there's no need to be negative about anyone here. Marvel were as supportive of the book as it was possible to be.


  • Adam Says:

    I'm gutted... being British I have been proud to be following along with the antics of cap and MI13, not only that the writing and art have been fantastic. I guess it just never had the support of the US market. I hope to been following your new work soon Paul!


  • Diogo Says:

    It's a shame that a title like that, so wonderful, gets cancelled, while titles like "Hulk" an "Justice League of America" are always between the top ten in sales. Well...

    Thank you very much Mr. Cornell for such competent job you've done. Captain Britain is one of my favorite characters and he isn't so well-treated since Alan moore.


  • Rocko Jerome Says:

    Certainly bad news. CB's up the junction yet again, and this will likely be the last time he gets top billing in a book ever again.

    Would've loved to have seen where you were going, Paul. As it is, I'll proudly store this handful of issues proudly in the same small box with all the Moore and Davis stuff.

    Thanks for your hard work. There's no bigger fan of Captain Britain than me, and I approved of what you did.

    Good Luck in any future endeavours.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks you three. But let's not criticise other titles, please.


  • no_originality Says:

    I go offline for two days and come back to this :(

    I've never really been effected much about comics beginnings or cancellations- its a hobby after all. But I am genuinely a bit upset about this.

    It just stings when there are characters featuring in four or five comics a month, then brilliant characters we rarely get to see; like the Mi:13 cast, who get a chance to shine with a great creative team, and fantastic stories....then the plug is pulled.

    Truly the best comic anyone is publishing just now, and its such a shame to see it go.

    I realise this is now just one more comment in a phalanx of previous ones, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't say- its been an absolute pleasure, and I will be probably be following any other comic you write. (seriously- you could be writing the adventures of Hindsight Lad, and I'd at least check it out!).

    -Craig


  • Andy Turnbull Says:

    Very sorry to see the title bite the dust Paul. You've done a fantastic job on CB. You even managed to get rid of the classic costume and do it in such a fashion I couldn't get all fanboy angry with you.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Shame. But at least it's getting a proper ending. Whatever, good luck Paul.


  • Foo Says:

    Just discovered this series! And now I am sad. I feel I have lost a friend.


  • Shelidon Says:

    God, I am really sorry: I loved Wisdom and Cap looks really promising (I am speaking present since here in Italy they have published just the first 2 issues by now). I hope they'll keep publishing it until the end. If not, my good friend Amazon will do the trick.
    What I've read until now really had an unique spark in it, it was really brilliant, and these are adjectives I can't really apply to lots of things. A great job.
    Thank you,


  • Mikel Says:

    Aww... Sad to hear that one of the BEST ongoing series from Marvel comes to an end. Thanks to Mr. Cornell all the creative team for giving us readers so much fun and imagination to enjoy. I'll post something on my own blog one day of these about this GREAT series. Greetings from Spain!


  • Devyn Rodriguez Says:

    In this fanboys opinion, at least you got to write the best new ongoing Marvel has seen in a long time. Your writing just seems to be constantly improving, and I will be looking forward to the rest of your Young Avengers mini, and will certainly follow your work in comics.

    I'm a fan.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks all, and I'm particularly glad it's getting out to our friends on the continent. Cheers.


  • Caredroia Says:

    Well Paul, as one of many of your fans, I can say that all your projects, all that you have contributed to Doctor Who, British summertime, and of course Wisdom.
    I hope Marvel understands that they have untaped talent which they should not throw away!
    Now with MI-13 gone, and since the end of New Excalibur as the title before it, what will happen to Captain Britain?!


  • Caredroia Says:

    Well Paul, as one of many of your fans, I can say that all your projects, all that you have contributed to Doctor Who, British summertime, and of course Wisdom.
    I hope Marvel understands that they have untaped talent which they should not throw away!
    Now with MI-13 gone, and since the end of New Excalibur as the title before it, what will happen to Captain Britain?!


  • LaRue Says:

    Dammit, I kept meaning to write to tell you how much I've been enjoying this book from the beginning, and I only just now get around to it. Man.

    Anyway, I picked the first issue up, despite not being interested in the Secret Invasion at all, because, hey, if the guy that wrote "Human Nature" is gonna write a comic, I'd probably best read it. And yeah, it was, like everyone's saying, one of Marvel's best. You even made me like Blade! I wouldn't have ever thought that was possible.

    I am just glad that you get to finish the thing up properly.

    I'll keep an eye out and pick up your future projects, Paul!


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much, you two.


  • Grant Says:

    Paul,
    It is sad to have heard this horrible news because this book was one of the best monthly Marvel books on the stands with its well written and drawn pages in it's own corner of the Marvel Universe.
    The reason I loved this book so much was the fact that you would shock me with something fresh and fun in each issue and how you would constantly raise the stakes higher each issue. I'm also enjoying your Dark Reign Young Avengers mini-series and hope you can write bigger projects for Marvel in the future.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Ah well. Glad to hear you are able to finish up what you set out to do at the beginning. Shame it had to end so soon, but you gave the team a terrific run, albeit far too short. Can't wait to pick up the next project you get going.


  • Encyclopedia Bruin Says:

    I also liked your work on Primeval.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    They keep coming, thanks all!


  • Matthew Says:

    Oh **** everything, I was enjoying that, what the hell people.

    Maybe if Marvel UK were re-established as a company there'd be less sales pressure and more chance for a comic like this (which let's face it is being made and sold in a completely foreign country to its setting and subject) to thrive.


  • Csyeung Says:

    This is sad news. I am glad to have been a part of this book, albeit it a small part. I had a blast inking these characters. I wish you the best and look forward to your future work!


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks for all your hard work.


  • stevieDisme Says:

    paul, i feel like a bastard for not visiting your blog regularly and only found out about the cancellation today. i'm deeply saddened by this. captain britain has been a favorite character of mine since youth and was happy to see him finally getting the respect he deserves.

    i am a host on the comicbookqueers podcast where my co-hosts and i gleefully discussed CB&MI13 every time it came out. i guess our 4 listeners weren't enough to turn sales around. sorry about that!

    in any case, i look forward to the series wrap-up, dark reign young avengers and whatever else you have coming up!

    thank you!


  • DrNoh Says:

    Thank you for respecting your fans with the ongoing quality of your work. I will miss this excellent book.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks Stevie and Dr. Stevie: indeed, I listened to some of your podcasts, and was always pleased by how much you guys enjoyed the comic. I hope you'll like the season finale. Cheers.


  • James Blundell Says:

    I only just learned of MI:13's cancellation and came looking for confirmation, for which I am sad to find.
    Mr Cornell, may I say thank you for providing me with such an incredible book to read. This was the first ongoing title I collected and I wish it would have lasted longer than any other. It certainly brightened these gloomy British days.
    I hope all your future projects are of the same quality and enjoyment. If they are, then I'll be reading them. LONG LIVE PETE WISDOM!!


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, James.


  • Sam of Saam Says:

    A shame to see a great teambook end so soon. I enjoyed every single issue, so thanks and good luck.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, Sam.


  • Drew Says:

    I've absolutely adored this book from start to (I'm sure) finish.

    If Marvel doesn't put out an omnibus, I'll definitely be tracking down a bookbinder and doing something special with the whole run to preserve it on my shelf. I want this to be as easy to re-read as possible, it's been too much fun.

    Thanks for all the great work you all put in.


  • tunasammiches Says:

    Ugh, this is devastating. I can't believe they're cancelling such a good book. What is wrong with the world???

    Sorry to hear about this travesty. I don't keep up with sales figures and all that but surely it can't have been doing that bad? All I ever heard about this book was praise that this news comes as a complete let down.

    Mr. Cornell, thanks for such a great read. Fans of characters like Capt. Britain, Wisdom, and Blade really adored where you took these characters. The new Annual that spotlights Meggan and Brian's relationship was some really beautiful writing and I was really looking forward to lots more.

    I'm just really sad this is actually happening. Isn't there any way to save this book? Ugh!


  • Anonymous Says:

    I'm an old Invaders fan, and I picked up an issue of this book only to see "Spitfire the Vampire" tearing throats out with her teeth.
    I put it down again and moved on. Nothing personal Mr. Cornell, but the over-the-top shock approach lost me before I was willing to give the book a shot.
    Best of luck with other projects.


  • artgarfheinkel Says:

    Having been tempted back to comics after a 20 year gap by the high quality of the writing in Cap Britain I am saddened to hear it has suddenly ended. Why? But while wondering about that I'd like to ask you, Paul, if you have an idea of how the title went down in the USA? Did lack of success in the US bring it to an end? Also, I'd like to point out that even after two decades of being away from Marvel and DC, I see that Marvel's target audience hasn't really changed - teenage boys. The superheroines' breasts just get bigger and bigger (CB included). Ladies in recent Hulks have been particular bosom-y. Is it a requirement for drawing in the DC and Marvel universes?!


  • Richenbaum Fotchenstein Says:

    terrible terrible news. Captain Britain has been one of my top 5 Marvel titles. it will be missed, but never forgotten.


  • Anonymous Says:

    Paul

    Just finished reading issue #15 and what a thrill ride it has been. Gutted that the book is going - let's face it, Marvel aren't publishing anything quite like it at the moment. It was a breath of fresh air. Thanks for 15 amazing issues and hope that we get to see Captain Britain back real soon.

    Paul T - Notts


  • Goddamn Batman Says:

    That is really not cool.. you are one of my favorite comic writers. Captain Briian's opening during Secret Invasion was much better than the actual Secret Invasion. I hope they bring it back with you as the writer.


  • Anonymous Says:

    I hate that Captain Britian is cancelled. You are one of my favorite comic book writers.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, all. Amazed that you found this thread after so long!


  • John Says:

    Only picked up Captain Britain and MI:13 today from my local Waterstones. I enjoyed them all, i thought they were well wrote and drawn and dealt with something i dont think Marvel want to really deal with any more (i mean just how many superheros can America Birth)

    Kudos to all involved in this excellent Series. I shall keep them safe and who knows in 30 years time perhaps a little me shall hear the tale of Captain Britain


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much, John.


  • Lee Rosenstrauch Says:

    I just want to say that the lovers of good writing do extend to the US as well. i know this is late but I miss this title more and more each month. Thanks for all the incredible work. You are truly talented
    Lee from San Diego, US


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks very much, this really is the ancient blog post that people keep coming back to!