Meggan and Brian's relationship works because they are never shown together any more. In the Otherworld Arc, she was away from him for most of it for instance
Lord Hawk! Ha, my god that was pure Silver Age Cheese!
Meggan's not been the same since CB's mag ended and Excalibur happened. I miss the relationship they were developing then, but after the way they were both portrayed in Excalibur (the Romantic Misadventures of Bully and Doormat!) I'm not sure I care anymore. Really Brian is such a nice guy and a straight-shooter (when he's written right) I think he's got more chemistry when paired with someone cold, manipulative and ruthless like Saturnyne - that's an odd couple pairing that's interesting, imo.
I like her, even though when she goes into 'super devoted to Brian' mode, she annoys the shit out of me.
She has plenty of potential to be more, we just need the right writer to approach her.
I think it can be an interesting place to explore (like in the UK Black Knight strip), but I don't think the whole Dungeons & Dragons stuff does Brian any favours. I don't like him in a position of authority either - I like him best in anti-authoritarian mode, the little guy fighting the good fight.
If Kieron Gillen is building on Paul Cornell's ideas consistently, then Otherworld's 'redevelopment' ought to have some impact on CB's powers and his perceived role in relation to both \Britain and Otherworld. It'll be interesting to see if this does indeed happen.
"No way, Jose. Not a chance, Charles Dance."
Well Otherworld is kind of random, it is a creation of a nations subconscious.
In the end run, they need to get rid of Otherworld and the Captain Britain Corps. Simply blow up the place of something. I don't care how, just do it.
The threat to Otherworld always seems to come from Otherworld. The whole thing just distances the man from the main world, which is a shame because I really don't care about this imaginary world that much.
I have always been a fan of the Otherworld stuff, for me its just part of Cap and not something I would want to see disappear for good. However I would like it to remain in the background being used only sparsely, leaving Brian to defend his Britain.
An unashamed Bloodstone, Captain Britain, Hawkman, Atom, Doctor Fate and Bat-villain fanboy.
Please DC could we have a Greg Pak Hawkman series.
Actually, Cor blimey is an evolution of Gorblimey, which in turn is a corruption of the old oath 'God oblige me', indicating a shocking and fearful development.
I'd agree. Certainly later writers on Excalibur didn't have much of a clue what to do with her. I really liked where Paul Cornell seemed to be going with her on CB&MI13. Meggan was being fleshed out through that Annual and through that final arc. She was being given room to grow. Sadly, of course, she's not really been used much since.
I would never want it gotten rid of. But I don't think that it should be ever-present. I would prefer that we had a story whereby Merlyn were to offer Brian 'The Keys to the Kingdom' as it were, and he turned him down, opting to protect his OWN world. I love the Corps, I love the concept of Otherworld (As Journey into Mystery continues to remind me), but it should be something Brian only interacts with when necessary.
I do like that connection though. Because it throws up huge questions about Sir James, and his not being the man his children thought he was. The questions it raises are pretty interesting. What *was* his connection to the Hellfire Club? If Merlyn sent him to 616 to bring him an Heir for Otherworld, what does that make his children - natural birthed siblings or some kind of genetically engineered project?
The one thing Rick Remender IS doing that I'm so intrigued by in Secret Avengers is this concept of Sir James as 'Brother' and his involvement in releasing the equivalent of Blade Runner style synthetic humans out into the real world, unaware of what they are.
I think largely the problem with Delano's plot point is not so much that it devalues the characters in itself, it's more that it wasn't really explored by future writers for such a long time, and even then not so conclusively. But I do think it has some great potential.
By rights it *should*. But I guess that's something which would have to be picked up on in Secret Avengers. Hey, maybe it's our explanation for Brian's sudden change in personality? ;)
I'm still not seeing any change in personality. Just a reversion to type.
On a totally unrelated note, but simply because it's vaguely CB related: does anyone else really wish someone would bring back Kilgore Slaughter and Ralf the Time Traveler? Does anyone else even remember Timesmasher?