Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn (Marvel/1987)

Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn (Marvel Comics)

Chris Claremont (w) Alan Davis (a)

With the X-Men "dead" and threats still looming on the horizon, a series of events occur that will lead to the formation of a new team.

From a waking nightmare, shared it seems with Nightcrawler who has recently come out of a coma, Kitty pride meets some characters more associated with these shores from the pages of the sadly defunct Captain Britain Monthly.

Technet are are here and they want to collect a bounty in the form of Rachel Summers who in turn is on the run from Mojo and his warhounds who also want the same woman.

Meanwhile Captain Britain is somewhat, well "incapacitated", pissed to use a more colloquial term due to the death of his sister.  Brian even spurns the comforts of his elvish girlfriend before being brought to his senses by Nightcrawler who literally throws him into the sea to sober up.

With the usual battle taking place wrecking a small London street our disparate band of heroes retire to the beach where they form the super-hero team with a difference, Excalibur!

Written in a style that doesn't take itself too seriously Claremont and Davis certainly deliver with this introduction to a wonderful comic that featured not just our "Captain" but introduced to the weird and wonderful multi-verse.


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