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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (16 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118886
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the antiquary on 26 Jan. 2009
The original Chris Claremont and Alan Davies Excalibur comics were amongst the best that Marvel has ever issued. A spin-off from the X-Men, except with humour and contemporaneously better art and writing (it almost gave 'wacky' a good name), unfortunately Excalibur soon fell victim to the constant push for $ with the ridiculous demand for output and therefore frequent turnover of writers and artists at Marvel.

Kitty has never been so charming and geeky, Rachel was given a coherent and decent (if indecently clothed) storyline for the one and only time (not including Days of Future Past of course), Captain Britain was still Captain Britain and a wonderfully flawed hero, Megan endearing and the character you were patiently waiting to grow and Nightcrawler at his swashbuckling best (the antithesis of the movie version). There's precious little to compare it to, but it does have a similar feel to Buffy sometimes (apparently Kitty was the inspiration for Buffy, and with his British connections I'm sure Joss Whedon must have taken notice of these - in fact I'm wondering now if Captain Hammer was partially inspired by Cap. Britain).

Every issue not featuring the Dan Dare inspired Alan Davies really was a case of criminal damage, no invective is bad enough to describe the abysmal substitute art. With no more CC and AD the comic very quickly lost its way with writers of little talent who had no idea what had made it great. The magic numbers are: Introductory Special Edition, 1-7, 9, 12-17, 23-24, 42-50, 54-56, 61-67.

Oh, and the new Dr Who shamelessly ripped-off at least the war wolves from here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Wells on 1 April 2011
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Excalibur was picked up because I read the X-Men series, but I have been trying to broaden my Marvel knowledge (I would be a killer at a pub quiz if they had a comic section...maybe the Cold War as well). Kitty and Nightcrawler have ended up in Britain after the plot line of the Mutant Massacre, and they team up with Captain Britain and his shapeshifting girlfriend Meggan, who Nightcrawler likes, and she likes Nightcrawler and Captain Britain, but Captain Britain likes her and his ex girlfriend, oh the complexities of life as a superhero!

The series is enjoyable, a lot of it is pretty light hearted, with the Juggernaut episode a joke, but a bit annoying as every time another hero faces him it is a great battle, but this time Cap Britain just gets done big style. Kitty is definitely one of the more enjoyable characters in the X-Men, she has a bit of the Girl-Next-Door feel to her compared to the other women in the comic world, and she gets cheated on, poor Girl-Next-Door, but at least you get a mention in a Weezer song unlike that cheating Colossus. There is a feel that while the other X-Men series kept a serious story arc, Excalibur stayed light hearted, but the problem with that is that X-Men got serious and adult long before any of the other comics, and I feel that Excalibur could have been more than it was. With Rachael entering the series I hoped that they could tie her character down for the first time, as she has been very hit and miss so far, but being ripped from the future after spending you life tracking down other mutants would probably do that to a person. The other problem I found is that this is when X-Men started getting several comics going at one time, with many of them joining plot lines, making the usual search for the $$$ the only thing on Marvel's mind.
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By Whedonerd on 16 Dec. 2013
Claremont at his best. Hillarous and still moving stories. Ideal for Kitty Pride fans. A tiny piece of X Men history. Also featuring my all-time favourite artist: Alan Davis.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
An odd yet enjoyable chapter in the history of the X-Men 30 Nov. 2005
By R. Hall - Published on
The original Excalibur team was never a huge seller and for the majority of the run of the series it remained very distant from the events of the X-Men and related titles. Yet it always had strong ties to the X-Men and was in essence the X-Men's equivalent in Europe. This collection included the hard to find origin of the team, the Excalibur: Drawing the Sword special, and the first five issues of the series.

The Birth of Excalibur: In the Mutant Massacre Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Colossus were all severely injured in battle by Mr. Sinister's Marauders, and all three were relocated to the Mutant Research Center on Muir Isle in Scotland to recover. Colossus recovered from his injuries before his other incapacitated teammates and rejoined the X-Men around the time of Inferno (note: Colossus would eventually join Excalibur near the end of the run of the series). Shadowcat and Nightcrawler slowly recovered but soon after the latter awoke from his coma the two of them watched helplessly as the X-Men (seemingly) sacrificed their lives in Dallas during the Fall of the Mutants. One of the X-Men at the time was Pyslock, the twin sister of Captain Britain, and her death sparked a dark period of heavy whiskey drinking for the UK's iconic hero.

Soon after the X-Men's apparent final stand in Dallas was seen on TVs across the globe, Rachael Summers, a.k.a. Phoenix (II), began showing up in the dreams of both Shadowcat and Nightcrawler. Not long before the Mutant Massacre Rachael had attempted to assassinate Selene, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club in Manhattan but Wolverine stopped her with a quick slash of his claws. Rachael's potent psionic powers were just barely holding her together when Spiral, a favored agent of the other-dimensional alien programmer Mojo, seduced Rachel into entering the entertainment-dominated Mojoverse. The X-Men, not even bothering to look for her, assumed she had just run out on the team. Then in the streets of London, Phoenix reappeared with Mojo's Warwolves ravaging the city to capture her. Soon after, the strange and alien mercenaries known as Technet appeared, with the intent of capturing Phoenix also. Shadowcat, Meggan (a faerie-like mutant changeling), Nightcrawler and Captain Britain all get involved and together repel the forces that hounded Phoenix. From this team-up, the five heroes, along with Shadowcat's pet dragon Lockheed, all agree to unite as a team to try and fill the void left by the death of the X-Men.

In the first few issues of their series, Excalibur battles the Warwolves once again, Arcade and the Crazy Gang (which seems to have been inspired by English humorists such as Monty Python), and the Juggernaut, as well as struggling to come together as a team. Although Excalibur is one of the lesser known X-Men related books, it is one worth checking out. The other mutant books at the time were deeply serious and had a heavy doom-and-gloom tone, but Excalibur was more humorous and lighthearted while still dealing with the core characters' personalities in a realistic yet atypical manner. Another element that endears me to the series, at least in its beginnings, is the heavy influence of British culture in the plots and characters. Not everyone will like this, but for those who can appreciate its unique stories will enjoy it quite a bit.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Retro European X-fun 11 Nov. 2005
By Madelyn Pryor - Published on
To understand this book some background is needed. This is taking place at a time when most of the X-Men were believed dead, their lives given to defend the world against the Siege Perilous. Left behind were Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler (both who were injured and not with the team), Captain Britain, and Rachel Summers, who was Phoenix at the time.

This book picks up the tattered remains of the X-Men, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Phoenix, Captain Britain, and Megan and forms them into Excalibur. Chris Claremont and Alan Davis created this book, which is set in the British Isles. In this graphic the team is formed, faces some of Mojo's creations, the Juggernaut, Arcade and more. Relationships are formed and tested, as everyone is just getting to know each other.

However, with that all being said, I must admit that while I love Chris Claremont and worshiped him when he was at the heights of his X-Men glory, this is not his best work. The first half of the graphic feels stilted and is frankly.... Boring. The last bit of the graphic started to move better and I'm looking forward to the next graphic to see if Claremont found what he wanted to do with these characters. Alan Davis's art is as beautiful as ever, the man has a very stylized form that I happened to gain an attachment to with other X-Books of the time.

Buy this book and enjoy it, just be aware that as it is with most introductory works, bugs were still being ironed out when this was written and it isn't optimal, but it is enjoyable.

Recommended to comic book newcomers and season veterans alike, but especially recommended to X-Men fans and those looking for some `retro' fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great! 9 Jan. 2006
By Entropy - Published on
Here is one of the x-men's best sister titles. With phenomenal art by Alan Davis and some great writing by Claremont, the classic Excalibur series was witty and original. Great characters and characterization, this a great series. A must have, esp. for fans of Alan Davis and classic Claremont.
A classic for most X-Men fans. 22 Dec. 2009
By K. Odland - Published on
If you're a fan of Chris Claremont you're certainly going to love reading the first volume comprising of the first issues of Excalibur.

One thing you've got to love about this is that all the heroes have their own personal demons to deal with from the start, but still they overcome and learn to work as a team even though they still have problems.

And there's also reference to British pop culture like the sci-fi comic Dan Dare here as well, and possibly Doctor Who.
Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
By MGG - Published on
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Fine collection of the first 5 issues of the EXCALIBUR series. Well done.
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