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Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis Volume 1 TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) Paperback – 24 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • 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)
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
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Great collection of action stories about a great, but little-known superhero. Don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good a comic as there was in the '90s... 14 July 2009
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...and holds up very well to this day.

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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