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Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #3 (of 5)

75
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

THE FORGEMASTER FEDERAL IS THE CAPTAIN BRITAIN WE DESERVE!

He’s here to right wrongs, defend the innocent and — oh wait, Morgan Le Fay put him in power? So much for the campaign slogans. Betsy Braddock is down for the count, Rachel Summers is iced out and the most powerful witch in history is about to take the entire kingdom for herself. Britain needs true allies — but they may have to come from foreign lands…

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BSVN991F

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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Filled with witchcraft, Fairie, mutants, and robots with dreams of greatness, Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #3 delivers an interesting and exciting day in the life of Britain’s courageous and caring defender. While short on mega-powered villains and world-ending threats, readers can expect a three-paragraph introduction, a report from The Reflector (the UK’s most trusted news source), a datafile, and twenty pages of story and art that impress, even when magnified at 150-200%. It’s a substantial read that focuses on family, celebrates diversity, and contrasts what heroes and villains care about. Even without a T-Rex Captain Britain, Expert Marvelites and Mutant Newbies should enjoy this National Treasure.

  • 93

    SciFiPulse

    Tini Howard does a fairly decent job of carrying on this story. But aside from the robot attack on the London Underground. This issue felt a little like the story is treading a little water in order to make way for a few character moments. It was an okay issue. It just wasn’t a great issue.

  • 90

    COMICON

    Right off the bat one of the things that I love about this run so far, beyond the great character interactions, chiefly the perfect Betsy/Rachel romance, is how easy it is to get into. What do I mean by that? Well as I’ve noted before this series is a continuation of the 26 issues of Excalibur that launched in 2019 and the 2022 five-issue Knights Of X series. So, one would expect this series to feel heavy and reference tons of stuff, and be hard to navigate if you hadn’t read those stories, but looking at it as someone who did read (and review) all of those, I think it’s definitely the opposite.

    There are references to things that came before but, in a way, that tells you enough without really pulling things down or leaving one scratching their head, similar in feeling to how people in general drop references to past things in life. Give your audience just enough to intrigue/inform and then continue forward. Tini Howard does that so well here as the characters, their situations, what Morgan has done, and the threats Betsy and company face are all very clearly laid out without needing to have tons of dialogue, captions, or pages dedicated to explanation. Murderous robots already introduced in previous issues are now painted like Betsy’s costume trying to kill her brother to become Captain Britain themselves. Pretty darn simple yet packed with detail.

    Something else that is packed with detail and quite beautiful would be the visuals that we get from Vasco Georgiev and Erick Arciniega are bringing us in this series. As I noted above, this issue and series as a whole are big on character moments and to make those land even better, one needs an artist that can really give life to the characters to mimic what the story tells us they should be feeling/doing, and Georgiev does that so easily. These characters are stunning to behold, right in that sweet spot of realistic but also fantastical, brimming with emotional energy that is clearly depicted upon their very being always.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Three issues in, this new chapter for Betsy Braddock seems to have found even more of its stride, combining the ongoing conflict against Morgan Le Fay with some endearing family rapport. Tini Howard’s script has some genuinely great moments for Betsy, Rachel, and company, which balance each characters’ sense of responsibility and destiny swimmingly. Vasco Georgiev’s art has some uncanny moments, but they are vastly outweighed by clever panel construction and whimsy. I’m definitely excited to see where things go next.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    With only a brief moment of action in this book’s opening pages, Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #3 spends the vast majority of its length focusing on the social themes of the book, as well as continuing to grow Betsy and Racheal’s relationship. Let’s get the less pleasant topic out of the way first.

    As anyone reading the series knows, Howard has been using the anger toward Betsy as a thinly veiled allegory for the duplicity of the ultraconservative movements that have been on the rise lately. How they claim to be looking out for “the people” when really they lash out at anything that doesn’t fit their mold of “normal”. This comparison is taken a step further during an elegantly delivered tirade by Le Fey. As she rants about her ultimate goals for Britain and just how little its people mean to her, we see the final phase of the blind, ultraconservative anger revealed. We see how Le Fey manipulates the closed-minded individuals of Coven Akkaba to do her bidding, even though it will ultimately not be in their best interest. The malice of Le Fey is captured wonderfully in the art. Georgiev understands how to make the character menacing, while Arciniega continues to bring the magic of the book to life through the vivid colors that fill the pages.

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    While Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #3 is largely set up on a narrative level, the creative team never allows the book to feel dull or slowed down thanks to the way it marvelously presents and explores its wonderful cast.

  • 77

    Graphic Policy

    With guest appearances from Brian and Meggan Braddock plus a dust-up with Furies in London’s West End, Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #3 feels like a proper Captain Britain comic with Betsy defending the country that gives her her moniker and not just the multiverse. Writer Tini Howard also satirizes the contemporary media landscape (and channels J. Jonah Jameson’s Daily Bugle from across the pond) in how the press perceives this battle while also furthering the Morgan Le Fay magical takeover plot. This is also a quite emotional issue with Vasco Georgiev using plenty of close-up’s to show the stress that both Betsy and Askani are going through, and how it’s affecting their relationship in a mature “We both have tough jobs” way instead of a teen soap opera way. These human moments keep me engaged between the multiversal/chronoskimming antics and offer a nice contrast to the increasingly over the top nature of Morgan Le Fay as Howard and Georgiev start to channel some old school superhero comics in a way that is sure to escalate the ongoing narrative.

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