Co-creator of Excalibur, Chris Claremont, is one of my all-time favourite comic-book writers so it pains me to admit it but he made a real mess of a very promising series. When Claremont first put Excalibur together - in collaboration with the brilliant and often overlooked British artist Alan Davis - it looked set to be an instant classic. But after the first half dozen or so issues, things quickly began to deteriorate. By the time the multi-part (read bloated and tedious) "Cross-Time Caper" came to an uninteresting end with issue 24 many readers could have been forgiven for having given up on the book altogether. And as hard as it was to believe things only got worse before Claremont, who was either unable or unwilling to bring his ideas to fruition, left dozens of plotlines hanging when he finally left the series at issue 34. And so it was left to Alan Davis - who had himself departed with issue 24 - to clear up the mess when he returned as both writer and penciller with issue 42. Not only did Davis do a remarkable job of resolving the plotline issues and answering all the unanswered questions, he did it with style, panache and a uniquely British sense of humor. In the process he crafted what is in my opinion one of the finest, most entertaining, and criminally underrated comic-book runs of the '90s. Thanks to Davis Excalibur was - for all too brief a time - one of the very best titles out there. If you missed it the first time around you should put this collected edition in your shopping basket right now; you won't be sorry!