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5.0 out of 5 stars A brief glimpse of how great a mainstream comic can be
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Before they sought the almighty $
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brief glimpse of how great a mainstream comic can be, 26 Jan 2009
This review is from: Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1: The Sword Is Drawn: Sword Is Drawn v. 1 (Paperback)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Before they sought the almighty $, 1 April 2011
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This review is from: Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1: The Sword Is Drawn: Sword Is Drawn v. 1 (Paperback)
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.

The artwork is good, and as I am one of those readers who is trying to catch up, I just get the sets of comics rather than individual ones, and colour in the comics is a pleasant surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic, 16 Dec 2013
This review is from: Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1: The Sword Is Drawn: Sword Is Drawn v. 1 (Paperback)
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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