Age of Heroes #1

Issue Date: 
July 2010
Story Title: 
Diplomatic incident (3rd story)

3rd story: Paul Cornell (writer), Leonard Kirk (artist), Paul Mounts (colorist), Dave Lanphear (letterer), Greg Tocchini (cover), Randall Miller (production), Lauren Sankovitch (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief), Dan Buckley (publisher), Alan Fine (Exec. Publisher)

Brief Description: 

3rd story:

The heroes of MI13 are honoured in a ceremony in Washington when Steve Rogers, the former Captain America offers Captain Britain a spot on the Avengers. Pete Wisdom angrily accuses Rogers of manipulation and reminds Captain Britain that he is needed in the UK, much to the displeasure of Meggan and Faiza. Finally, Wisdom relents and suggests they come to a time share agreement regarding Captain Britain.

Full Summary: 

3rd story:

In the spirit of the heroic age, Washington celebrates the visiting British heroes from MI13 (Captain Britain, Pete, Wisdom, Excalibur, the Black Knight and Gloriana) with Steve Rogers presiding, who thanks the British foreign secretary. The United Kingdom was the first country to free itself from the Skrulls. The first to embrace a new deal between superheroes and the government. Today they celebrate that.

Faiza Hussain aka Excalibur whispers to the Black Knight that she wants to call him “Cap.” What about “Captain? Maybe too formal.” He calls him Steve, the Black Knight gloats. And him she shall call plonker, Faiza shoots back.

Steve shakes hands with Captain Britain, remarking they’ve both come a long way. About time he got a steady job, Brian laughs. Speaking of steady jobs, Steve retorts, they’ve told Dane he is welcome back and he is thinking it over. But how would Captain Britain like to become an Avenger?

Both Brian and Pete Wisdom are shocked. Pete gets between the two Captains, pointing out that nobody mentioned that little diplomatic subject. He only just decided, Steve begins. Did he really? Pete asks. Captain Britain is the UK’s first defence against magic, supervillains, Latveria…. Did something on their own, for once, did they? No wonder the US want to nick it!

Meggan chides Pete, reminding him who he is talking too, The new boss, Pete retorts, same as the old boss!

Pete and Brian share a silent look, then Brian tells Steve he has to turn him down. His responsibilities…

He is so good at manipulating her husband, Meggan snarls at Pete. She hopes he’s proud! Helplessly, he reminds her they were only just at war. They might be again. This “Age of Heroes” stuff… it’s just waiting for the next horror to… they have to be professional.

He helplessly looks around. Faiza glares at him too. Oh sod it, he swears. Bloody superheroes! He says yes, he announces. Pete… Brian begins. Pete orders him to shut it. They can come to some sort of… time share agreement.

Steve makes his announcement and Cap waves to the crowd. Every now and then… Meggan tells Pete. He’s nowhere cynical enough, he finishes her sentence. He hopes it doesn’t get them killed…

Characters Involved: 

Black Knight III, Captain Britain, Excalibur, Gloriana, Pete Wisdom (all MI13)
Steve Rogers (former Captain America)

Story Notes: 

The issue also includes three other stories:

The first story is about J. Jonah Jameson.

The second story is about Doctor Voodoo.

The fourth story is about Spider-Man.

MI13 beat back the Skrull invasion in their own country in Captain Britain & MI13 #1-4.

The war Pete mentions was fought against the vampires in Captain Britain & MI13 #10-15.

Captain America and Captain Britain have fought together on occasion, for the first time in Captain Britain (1st series) #16-27.

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” is a line from the song “Won’t get fooled again” by The Who.

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