Comic Book: Captain Britain
"I'll be your champion, now and forever. I'll be Captain Britain!"
"...a necklace would be useless, wouldn't it? So come along, 'Excalibur'."Captain Britain
is a superhero alias used by two British Marvel Comics
characters. The first and the most famous is Brian Braddock, twin brother of Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke
. The second is Kelsey Leigh, who later uses the alias Lionheart.Brian Braddock
Brian is the first Captain Britain. He is created by Chris Claremont
and Herb Trimpe. He is introduced into Marvel Universe
in the first issue and first volume of his own series in 1976.
Brian is a studious British youth from aristocratic Braddock family who immersed himself in the study of Physics. After the death of his parents
in what seemed to be a laboratory accident, Brian takes a fellowship at Darkmoor nuclear research centre. When the facility is attacked by the technological criminal Joshua Stragg a.k.a. "The Reaver", Brian tries to find help by escaping on his motorcycle. When he crashed his bike in a nearly fatal accident, Merlyn and his daughter, the Omniversal Guardian, Roma appear to the badly injured Brian. They give him the chance to be the superhero Captain Britain. He is offered a choice: the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might. Considering himself to be no warrior and unsuited for the challenge, he rejects the Sword and chooses the Amulet. This choice transforms Brian Braddock into Captain Britain. However, Brian is only one member of a much larger, inter-dimensional corps of mystical protectors collectively known as Captain Britain Corps.Notable Comics appearancesAnimated seriesVideo GamesKelsey Leigh
Kelsey is the second Captain Britain, who is chosen when Brian was in Otherworld. She is created by Chuck Austen and Olivier Coipel. She is introduced in Avengers
vol. 3 #77 in 2004.
Kelsey is a single mother of two children and was a schoolteacher who taught English literature and history. Back when she was married, She was sexually assaulted by thugs who invaded her home. The incident caused her divorcing her husband (as he was too paralyzed with fear to help her) and taking sole custody of their two children.
One fateful day, her family found themselves on the front line of a battle between The Avengers
and the Wrecking Crew. When Captain America
and The Wasp
were knocked unconscious, Kelsey took the captain's shield and selflessly protect Cap and Wasp from Thunderball's attack. Despite blocking the blow, the impact of the force the force of the impact caused her severe internal injuries and she died en-route to medicial facilities.
Kelsey awoke to find herself in a ring of standing stones, where she was met by a vision of Brian Braddock, ruler of Otherworld at the time, and his wife, the shapeshifting mutant
Meggan. Brian passed the mantle of Captain Britain to Kelsey. Her heroic act of bravery had earned her a second chance to live and to defend her home. She's given the choice between the Sword of Might and the Amulet of Right. Desperate to see her children again, and not seeing how a necklace could defend anything, Kelsey, unlike Brian before her, choose the sword, the path of violence. Instantly, she was transformed into the new Captain Britain.
After Brian returned from Otherworld to Earth, Kelsey renames herself as Lionheart.Notable Comics appearances