Friday, November 11, 2005
Chris Claremont and Michael Ryan's new incarnation of Excaliber launched on Wednesday. Yes, I gave Claremont one more chance to not completely and utterly suck. Given my affection for the original Excaliber, I couldn't just let this one go by without giving it a look. So...the new team includes (as can be seen by the cover) Captain Britain, Dazzler, Pete Wisdom, Nocturne and Juggernaut of whom Captain Britain and Wisdom were part of the original team. Also appearing in the first issue were Excaliber favorites Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Lockheed. Even Courtney Ross, an old foe of the team, appears in the book. Meggan, my favorite Excaliber character after Pryde, was notably absent, which was addressed by her husband, Captain Britain. We may see her in issues to come - who knows? So, was it good? Shockingly, it was pretty good. The dialogue was kind of clumsy at times and the comic was a little crowded, which seems to be Claremont's trademark style these days, but everything else worked pretty well. There's an engaging story cropping up from the events of House of M and Uncanny X-Men (yes, you may be confused if you haven't read any Uncanny X-Men lately) and some quality of the old Excaliber series is captured here somehow (albeit a little clumsily). Involved in this story are some clones or something of the original five X-Men who have nearly killed Dazzler, and some confusion as to what's what. It's a good start to the series, at least, despite its faults. We'll just have to see where it goes from here.