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Not gonna lie, I really want Faiza Hussain from Mi13 and Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel) to meet up at some point. If only to geek out over the fact that they’re both fans of superheroes who ended up joining the community they admired for so long.

…Though that would require someone other than Paul Cornell (Faiza’s creator) remembering that she exists. At least, other than that Gambit writer, who had the titular hero kick Faiza in the stomach so he could steal Excalibur (who judged her worthy to wield it, by the by) for some rich racist.

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 MASTERPOST

So if you’re interested in reading the first appearance(s) of Faiza Hussain, this is the post for you!

Download links:

If you’re the type of person who (like me) prefers to read something before you buy it, then download these zip files. Once you’ve done that, though, here’s where you can buy the series:

  • Comixology only has volume 1 collected for purchase as a digital copy, but if you scroll through the little “Captain Britain and MI13” thing on the page they’ve got every individual issue for sale, including, I believe, the annual
  • Amazon has all three volumes as hard copies (1 2 and 3). The prices aren’t bad, even with shipping, and you can get used copies for cheaper (depending on how high a quality you want your issues to be). I don’t know if Amazon has all of the individual issues because I’m lazy and didn’t feel like looking, but if you’re going to buy them individually online you might as well go for the digital copies.
  • Midtown Comics has the individual issues as well (for hard copy I believe) but they’re a bit more expensive. 

I hope all of you read this series (come on, it’s only 16 issues, you can finish it in a day I believe in you) and IF YOU LIKE IT, BUY IT!! I don’t know if it’s too late or not, but somehow we have to let Marvel know that we love these characters and want more of them. Even if I get just another MI13 team book instead of my dream goal (a Faiza Hussain solo series) I’ll be happy. 

"Sorry, that’s me. My super power. (Still love saying that.) Basically I’m sort of a living scalpel? I can take people apart—not in a violent way, mind, more so’s I can put them back together again…”

     —- Faiza Hussain, Excalibur.

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THE MASTERPOST

Now that you know exactly how awesome this comic is, I know you all want to go out and read it. And I’m going to help you do that!

Download links:

If you’re the type of person who (like me) prefers to read something before you buy it, then download these zip files. Once you’ve done that, though, here’s where you can buy the series:

  • Comixology only has volume 1 collected for purchase as a digital copy, but if you scroll through the little “Captain Britain and MI13” thing on the page they’ve got every individual issue for sale, including, I believe, the annual
  • Amazon has all three volumes as hard copies (1 2 and 3). The prices aren’t bad, even with shipping, and you can get used copies for cheaper (depending on how high a quality you want your issues to be). I don’t know if Amazon has all of the individual issues because I’m lazy and didn’t feel like looking, but if you’re going to buy them individually online you might as well go for the digital copies.
  • Midtown Comics has the individual issues as well (for hard copy I believe) but they’re a bit more expensive. 

I hope all of you read this series (come on, it’s only 16 issues, you can finish it in a day I believe in you) and IF YOU LIKE IT, BUY IT!! I don’t know if it’s too late or not, but somehow we have to let Marvel know that we love these characters and want more of them. Even if I get just another MI13 team book instead of my dream goal (a Faiza Hussain solo series) I’ll be happy. 

The other posts:

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You carry Excalibur. You’re worthy. I’ll knight you now. If you want. But even better, be a knight at that one great moment, because you know you’re worthy. Whichever, please, stay. By my side.

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So somehow in all my posting about Dane I forgot to gush about the bit that made me really decide I liked him in the first place (and CB&MI13 itself, for that matter). Derp. Especially after reading this interview.

It’s basically “how to sum up a character in one page”, which appeals to my writer nature. To whit:

"For the lady" seems to have a double meaning… one, the Lady of the Lake of course, since he’s still her Pendragon, but also the rather nice doctor he just met that he’s been trying to be a dashing superhero for.

He still considers himself an Avenger at heart, but is rather bitter that they rejected him as evidenced here and his gripe in the earlier issue about “and don’t say ‘the Avengers are here, we’re saved’, don’t get me started on that”.

And keeps going. My best friend is dead. The woman I loved (both of them, really) forgot me. A man who needs to be needed, but keeps finding the people he cares about either don’t seem to care as much about him, or he keeps losing them.

So he’ll keep going anyway. He’ll be a hero even if nobody else is, keep fighting because it’s what he has left and because the sword tells him to.

The next page has Faiza being her typical Badass Pacifist self, of course.

I find it interesting that he apologizes to her… not just because his spectacle was violent, but because he has been trying to be what the cute superhero fangirl wants to see and being bitter and angsting and lamenting over how the superheroing business has been a failure isn’t very inspiring or charming or what a hero should be doing. “You shouldn’t have seen me being human and not a hero,” essentially.

Faiza then steers him back on course, we’re going to do this superhero thing the right way, aren’t we? You’re going to be the superhero I thought you were, and I want to be, right? Yes, we are. (Of course the clashes between her pacifist nature and his blood knight tendencies get a bit more heated later on, but here he appreciates her setting him straight.)

Incidentally, I suppose it’s why the fact that the two click rather quickly doesn’t bother me here like it does in other romantic stories. Because while they grow to appreciate (and sometimes be annoyed by) each other’s true personalities later, their initial traits match up great as well. She’s a starry-eyed superhero fangirl who’s fluttery that any superhero no matter how b- or c-list is paying attention to and listening to her (and helps that he’s rather cute as well), and he’s a rather bitter and lonely man who wants to feel liked and appreciated by someone and like he’s doing the hero business right for once.

(Yes, I analyze stuff like this while reading everything. Oftentimes it’s kind of wasted, but sometimes you stumble across well-written stuff like this and it’s like the writing version of eating chocolate.)