REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ALPHA #1/ Written by ANDY LANNING & ALAN COWSILL/ Art by RICH ELSON/ Colors by ANTONIO FABELA/ Published by MARVEL COMICS
The imprint from across the pond produced a bevy of titles during comic’s craziest white-hot years, and although they were often decked out with foil covers and riddled with needless guest appearances by Wolverine and Ghost Rider, Marvel UK managed to carve out a distinct territory populated by dozens of unique heroes and villains, joined by the odd bounty hunting robot. That stable of original characters returns in this week’s Revolutionary War: Alpha one-shot, a surprisingly fun and engaging resurrection of a forgotten and perhaps misunderstood era.
Writer Andy Lanning is joined by Alan Cowsill on scripting duties. Both worked on Marvel UK’s original run, and their care for the characters comes through in the issue without being overly nostalgic. Alpha is designed for new readers and also serves as an event kick-off, and it delivers on both fronts wonderfully. Captain Britain propels the book, navigating readers through action and exposition as the expansive Marvel UK universe is reintroduced. British artist Rich Elson’s work is excellent, full of mood and energy. There’s a lot on his plate to render, from multi-dimensional portals to pagan museums, and he does so in a way that’s clear, uncluttered, and dynamic. When the action lets loose, Elson makes it an exciting sight to see.
Revolutionary War: Alpha is a crisp read with solid art and production. With countless superhero crossovers on the rack, readers looking for something fresh could do far worse than picking up this Marvel UK return. Your next favorite character could be waiting in its pages.