In Review: Excalibur (2019-) #1

A NEW DAWN IS FORGED!

Synopsis: A NEW DAWN IS FORGED! The Otherworld is rocked by war! It is a new era for mutantkind as a new Captain Britain holds the amulet, fighting for the Kingdom of Avalon with her Excalibur at her side – Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee…and Apocalypse.

Review: This first issue sets the story up pretty well, but you need to stay on your toes to get that you are dealing with three dimensions.

The Story

Avalon is rocked by war and Morgan Le Fey has taken the throne of Camelot and seeks to end the lives of all magic users outside of her realm, which includes Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain. When Betsy Braddock aka Psylocke visits the world of Krakoa she learns that not only has Jamie Braddock been brought back to life via the pods, but also learns of a portal that connects to Avalon is calling to her brother Brian. Suspecting it to be a trap Betsy rushes back to Earth and accompanies Brian to Avalon where they come face to face with Morgan. While Brian and Betsy confront Morgan Le Fay. Apocalypse with help from Rogue and Jubilee tries to send a psychic message through the portal to warn the Braddocks, but they are too late and thus a new Captain Britain is birthed as the amulet is passed on to Betsy who returns to Krakoa as the new Captain Britain.

Artwork

Markus To does a pretty solid job with the artwork. The opening few pages that see Queen Morgan drowning a Knight of Camelot as she consolidates her claim was particularly gruesome and effective and establishes her as a strong villain.

The panels set in the world of Krakoa, which is like a paradise for Mutants were really well handled as were the panels set on our earth at the home of Brian Braddock. There is a very solid difference in visuals between the three worlds we get shown in this issue.

Overall

Writer Tini Howard does a fairly good job of setting up the story and Psylocke’s transformation into Captain Britain was handled fairly well, but it was a bit of a slow journey to get there given that there seemed to be a few character interactions that were bordering on small talk.

All that said. Given how this issue ended. I am definitely on board to follow the story arc through because I really want to see how Betsy Braddock handles her new role as England’s protector.

9
Excalibur #1
  • Covers
    8.5
  • Story
    8.1
  • Artwork
    9.5
  • Lettering
    9.6
  • Colours
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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