Synopsis: Locked in her mysterious coffin, Rogue dreams. Meanwhile, Apocalypse performs a ritual and the throne of power changes hands. The reign of mutantkind reaches the Otherworld at last.
Review: Tim Howard wraps up the first story arc of Excalibur, but leaves enough hanging to make things interesting in future issues.
Following on from the last issue. Rogue is awake and Apocalypse has undergone a death only to return for the final battle with Morgan Le Fay. With help from Rictor, Gambit, Jubilee and her young baby Shogo. Captain Britain manages to stave off Morgan LeFay’s forces, but a deal must be brokered in order to get the terms of surrender right, but its a deal that could have horrible consequences for Betsy as she will have to engage in a battle to the death with her bother Brian Braddock.
Marcus To’s artwork continues to be a strong selling point for this book. I really enjoyed his drawings of Morgan Le Fay on horseback flanked by a few of her black knights. The drawing of the finale epic struggle between Betsy and Briant toward the end of the book was extremely epic as befitting the event.
The story arc concludes well, but life for all of mutant-kind goes on. As it does for Briant Braddock who is hesitant to take back his role as Britain’s protector because he no longer feels worthy after having been put under the spell of the which. Future issues will also be interesting reading given that Apocolypse has placed Jamie Braddock on the throne of Avalon and to say that Jamie is the black sheep of the Braddock family would indeed be a massive understatement.
The only people in this story arc that seem to have anything close to relative contentment and happiness are Rogue and Gambit who have a deep and meaningful while enjoying a hot tub. As to how long their peace will last is anyone’s guess. But I can’t see it lasting long.
Overall. A fun read and a book that I will continue to follow.