His home is his castle
April 23, 2013 6:45 AM Subscribe
This St. George's Day sees news of the next attempt
to redress Britain's superhero shortage: Englishman
, who looks like Iron Man crossed with a mediaeval crusader.
The series promises “brand new, quintessentially English characters, including Greenbelt and Dry Stone Wall”.
Englishman is by no means the first attempt at a British superhero; Marvel attempted to transplant the Captain America formula across the Atlantic with Captain Britain
, and later reprised this with the historical character of Union Jack
and the John Lennon-imitating John the Skrull
, and DC commissioned John Cleese to reimagine Superman as a Briton
. What is new is a rejection of the idea of Britishness as a national identity, in favour of Englishness; on their blog page, the publishers explicitly state this, saying that “characters such as Captain Britain cannot be classed as patriotic: there is, of course, no such country as ‘Britain’.”