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Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 1 Excalibur Leader Captain Britain Is Double Teamed By Problems When The Technet Take Over His House And He S Abducted To Be Put On Trial By His Fellow Captain Britains Meanwhile, Excalibur S Own Ranks Grow As Widget, Kylun, And Cerise Join The Action Presuming Anyone On The Team Survives The Wrath Of The Anti Phoenix Plus, Than Four Years Of Mutant Madness Culminates In A Fearsome Fight In Collects Excalibur


10 thoughts on “Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 1

  1. says:

    Excalibur is an underrated title Like Alpha Flight, a superhero team and monthly comic title better known for its being Canadian, much of the charm of the monthly Excalibur comes from being based in the British Isles So you have supporting characters speaking in word balloons with an almost unreadable accent and stakeouts in downtown London Being a British super team doesn t stop it from having most of its adventures situated in the Otherworld, a nexus of the Marvel multi verse and those stor Excalibur is an underrated title Like Alpha Flight, a superhero team and monthly comic title better known for its being Canadian, much of the charm of the monthly Excalibur comes from being based in the British Isles So you have supporting characters speaking in word balloons with an almost unreadable accent and stakeouts in downtown London Being a British super team doesn t stop it from having most of its adventures situated in the Otherworld, a nexus of the Marvel multi verse and those stories are what Excalibur is best known.Excalibur has a strong creative pedigree and has links to the X Men The team s first adventures were scripted and drawn by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis Claremont was the prime X Men writer, having scribed the adventures of the mutant team s most popular incarnation and has included three former X Men as part of the Excalibur s original line up.This collection features the first nine issues of the return of Davis, now assuming both writing and art duties In those eight issues, Davis managed to resolve a continuity issue, re powered Captain Britain, tied up loose threads from the earliest issues, glimpse Meggan s origin and give the all powerful Phoenix a worthy adversary Along the way, character development is not neglected and even increased the team roster with the introduction of some new characters.I liked how Davis experimenting moving Nightcrawler beyond his original swashbuckling persona Giving Kurt Wagner a broken leg that nullified his inborn agility made him explore his other talents Unable to have adventures beyond Excalibur headquarters, he gets to train his own group of misfits, composed of former members of Excalibur nemesis Technet, and turns them from a undisciplined crew with a penchant for in fighting into a coordinated strike force worthy of his mentor, Charles Xavier himself.Davis uses the first eight issues here to build up to a double sized anniversary issue During the build up the five original members are allowed to have their own adventures while moving the subplot in the background The team reunites as the big showdown approaches.When this was initially published as monthly pamphlets, this title was overshadowed by itssuccessful cousins, X Men and X Force Casual readers would also be wary of picking up this title because of a higher price point and the European setting I was into comics during this time, and I had no idea Excalibur was this interesting I m glad Marvel has started collecting these comics into trade paperbacks It helped me appreciate the stories they were telling in Excalibur It has a high fantasy vibe of parallel Earths and such.This book is right up my alley


  2. says:

    After Claremont left the title, Alan Davis took over both writing and art duties This was actually a very good thing Davis s art is a great fit for alight hearted superhero book like this, and I have to applaud him for giving all of the main characters their own unique and consistent looks As in, there s no way that I could ever confuse Rachel and Kitty, even if Kitty dyed her hair red, because they have different features It s amazing how often this is not the case Most of the trad After Claremont left the title, Alan Davis took over both writing and art duties This was actually a very good thing Davis s art is a great fit for alight hearted superhero book like this, and I have to applaud him for giving all of the main characters their own unique and consistent looks As in, there s no way that I could ever confuse Rachel and Kitty, even if Kitty dyed her hair red, because they have different features It s amazing how often this is not the case Most of the trade is a good, straightforward superhero book, with a few notable features For one, what Davis did with Nightcrawler s character development is fantastic The role of leader really suited him, and I don t think he ever got that back after he returned to the X Men Loose ends from Claremont s run are tied up, and the entire run to this point is brought together in a storyline that I suppose was meant to be epic and explain it all Unfortunately, it ended up being a little too heavy on exposition to really get going That only bogged down the last issue in the book, though, so most of it was a pretty fun read


  3. says:

    EDIT 8 11 16 My criticism of the last issue still stands, but the rest is good and that last issue isn t necessarily bad, just disappointing and Davis art is so fantastic that I will change this to a 4.I would like to reiterate how much I love Alan Davis and how much the first eight issues here epitomize what a good, straight forward super hero comic should be wonderfully drawn, very funny, charming, gripping, addictive The final issue epitomizes what people generally hate about super hero EDIT 8 11 16 My criticism of the last issue still stands, but the rest is good and that last issue isn t necessarily bad, just disappointing and Davis art is so fantastic that I will change this to a 4.I would like to reiterate how much I love Alan Davis and how much the first eight issues here epitomize what a good, straight forward super hero comic should be wonderfully drawn, very funny, charming, gripping, addictive The final issue epitomizes what people generally hate about super hero comics climax that doesn t make good on what was promised, confusing continuity heavy explanations that don t make sense and don t provide any type of closure and satisfaction to what went before But if you ignore that one issue, the rest is a blast Alan really brings back the fun that was in the early issues of the series and became quickly lost


  4. says:

    Best Excalibur collection yet Totally loved this one Loved this book enough to add it to my Fav Shelf Some pretty great super hero stories here And some of Alan Davis best work Heaven for me as I m such a huge Davis fan This is the book I ll come back to re read again and again for my Excalibur fix.


  5. says:

    I was at the library and, on a shelf of recommended graphic novels, I saw this book I was itching for something a little dumber and easier to read after plowing through a Zippy collection Anyway, I checked it out I d read these issues years ago, but sold them off in one of my ebay purges probably ten years ago Reading them again, nowThey held up okay A little too much going on what is the point of Cerise or Widget or Kylun, really and way too much expository, continuity explaining I was at the library and, on a shelf of recommended graphic novels, I saw this book I was itching for something a little dumber and easier to read after plowing through a Zippy collection Anyway, I checked it out I d read these issues years ago, but sold them off in one of my ebay purges probably ten years ago Reading them again, nowThey held up okay A little too much going on what is the point of Cerise or Widget or Kylun, really and way too much expository, continuity explaining backstory Way, way, way too much But Davis has a good handle on the cast and gives most of them a little plot of their own during this run.The build up to the big finale doesn t really mean much I could care less actually, I can t about the Phoenix and anti Phoenix Mostly, I enjoyed the sense of silliness much of the book, and Davis remains a very good superhero artist I wouldn t recommend it, but it s got moments


  6. says:

    This was a super fun collection Alan Davis came back with a bang incorporating what other writers had done, explaining it, and bringing it to a very satisfying conclusion I read this after Volume 1 of Knights of Pendragon, and it really made me appreciate the fun within Excalibur This collection educates the reader on the past lots about Otherworld, Phoenix, Roma, and Merlyn The alternate reality mirages are a really neat diversion And you get to see Captain Britain with the full energy m This was a super fun collection Alan Davis came back with a bang incorporating what other writers had done, explaining it, and bringing it to a very satisfying conclusion I read this after Volume 1 of Knights of Pendragon, and it really made me appreciate the fun within Excalibur This collection educates the reader on the past lots about Otherworld, Phoenix, Roma, and Merlyn The alternate reality mirages are a really neat diversion And you get to see Captain Britain with the full energy matrix power, although he doesn t utilize it in obvious ways, it is great to see


  7. says:

    A much needed refresh of the title, with Alan Davis on story as well as art The fun outweighs the weird a littlethan before, which was a plus at this point, but Davis does stuff in an awful lot of new characters and twists in the lead up to issue 50 Still an enjoyable read B


  8. says:

    Excalibur was always a book that was nice to look at, but the writing tended to let the Alan Davis art down, so the obvious solution is to let Alan Davis write it as well.and then it gets fun.This is when the series moved away from X history andinto the weirdness of Marvel UK comics.Great stuff.


  9. says:

    Davis really revitalizes the comic, which was wavering in Claremont s last days and became irrelevant in the half year afterward He does a masterful job of revisiting Claremont s many loose ends and closing them effortlessly, whether it be major issues like Technet s hunt for Rachel or minor ones like Nightcrawler and Megan s attraction He simultaneously manages to match the best of Excalibur s humorous tone, and even returns to old plots, characters, and settings from the original Captain B Davis really revitalizes the comic, which was wavering in Claremont s last days and became irrelevant in the half year afterward He does a masterful job of revisiting Claremont s many loose ends and closing them effortlessly, whether it be major issues like Technet s hunt for Rachel or minor ones like Nightcrawler and Megan s attraction He simultaneously manages to match the best of Excalibur s humorous tone, and even returns to old plots, characters, and settings from the original Captain Britain days Davis introduction of new characters is less successful Though Kylun is himself an interesting loose end, Micro Max is just annoying and Cerise and Ferun aren t as engaging as any of the comic s originals.As for the plots most of the volume is taken up by characters arcs, and they re generally fine Nightcrawler s training of the Technet is the funniest and Rachel s the most interesting The big story begins in the final issues, with the anti phoenix and Necrom and that s enjoyable, with its focus on Otherworld and the Corps, though I think the super sized 50th issue drags a bit Nice milestone for the comic though


  10. says:

    Alan Davies returns and up to 50 constructs a definitive contextual rationale for Excalibur tying it in to the X men Roma connection and the entire Captain Britain continuity Some good art as well by Davies Features the Anti Phoenix, Technet, the trial of Captain Britain etc plus two new members Kylun and Cerise The humour remains, and overall the book has never been better 5 out of 12.Collects Excalibur 42 50 image error Alan Davies returns and up to 50 constructs a definitive contextual rationale for Excalibur tying it in to the X men Roma connection and the entire Captain Britain continuity Some good art as well by Davies Features the Anti Phoenix, Technet, the trial of Captain Britain etc plus two new members Kylun and Cerise The humour remains, and overall the book has never been better 5 out of 12.Collects Excalibur 42 50 image error