- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (24 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785137408
- ISBN-13: 978-0785137405
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis Volume 1 TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) Paperback – 24 Jun 2009
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Penciller Alan Davis came back to Excalibur, the team he helped create, with issue #42. This time he was not only handling the pencilling duties but was the writer as well. He was to prove equally adept at both tasks.
This collection contains his first major story arc comprising issues #42 through #50. It's an impressive first effort. It's well paced and hard to put down. The characterization is very deftly handled, not only the major actors, but the "walk-ons" as well seem like a lot of thought went into them. The plot is fairly involved: it ties up a few loose ends, probes deeper into the background of some of the cast, introduces a new villian, and marks a return to the Captain Britain universe as the teams foundation.
There are a *few* minor flaws, however. Kitty Pryde is offstage for too long during this arc. Technet gets shuffled offstage far too quickly. There is a little too much exposition and too much of the story is told in flashback.
There is another problem that can't be laid at the door of this particular book. The previous Excalibur collections (Excalibur Classic Volumes 1 - 5) contained issues #1 to #34 (along with various specials). This one picks up at #42. This means that issues #35 to #41 (and some specials) have been "orphaned". This is very unfortunate as events in these issues do get referenced.
Finally, I cannot recommend this book as a standalone read. It is *highly* recommended that one read the (generally excellent) aforementioned Excalibur Classic volumes before trying this one.
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