Thursday, November 6, 2014
X-amining Excalibur #11
In a Nutshell
Nazi Excalibur goes home just as Excalibur disappears.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Guest Penciler: Marshall Rogers
Guest Inker: Terry Austin
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Prime Minister: Tom DeFalco
Creators: Chris Claremont & Alan Davis
In London, Nigel Frobisher watches as Phoenix and Shadowcat fly overhead, then realizes he's running late. Rushing through Fraser's Bank, he reaches Courtney Ross office just a few seconds late. Meanwhile, Rachel and Kitty arrive back at the Lighthouse to find Illyana's Soulsword waiting for Kitty. Rachel tries to destroy it for her, but is unable to do so, and Kitty flies into a rage when she discovers Lockheed, injured by the Lightning Squad during their initial attack. Back in London, Nigel is dressed down by Courtney, then is tasked with engaging the services of Gatecrasher and Technet. A few days later, Alistair Stuart visits Rachel and Kitty at the lighthouse, while his sister and the rest of Excalibur are still hammering out an arrangement with the Lightening Squad, and gives Kitty the inert Widget. At the Tower of London, the Nazi Nightcrawler attacks Brigadier Stuart, who turns out to be Meggan in disguise.
The next morning, Kitty is suddenly transported to an alien world while getting dressed, and is mortified when she returns to the lighthouse in front of Alistair. That evening, as she's trying to repair Widget, Rachel contacts her telepathically, saying the rest of the team needs them. They reconvene with the rest of Excalibur at an abandoned rail line in North England, where the train from the Lightning Sqaud's reality has been moved. Rachel realizes the train is powered by an enslaved sentient dragon, and refuses to send it back with the Lightning Squad. Just then, a portal from the Lightning Squad's world opens, with Moira and Callisto coming through. As the Lightning Squad returns to their world, Reichminister MacTaggert tosses a grenade back through the portal just as it closes. Rachel does her best to contain the explosion, but in the aftermath, Excalibur, Alistair, Widget and the train all disappear to parts unknown.
Firsts and Other Notables
The explosion at the end of this issue launches Excalibur (and Alistair Stuart) into the "Cross Time Caper", Excalibur's take on the multi-part storyline all the other X-books are doing around this time (though "Caper" will last much longer than any of the others).
"Our" Moira and Callisto, as well as the passengers aboard the train transported to the Nazi reality by Widget, are returned this issue, just as Nazi Moira, Callisto and the Lightning Squad go back to their world.
After being manifested by Kitty during "Inferno", Illyana's Soulsword shows up in a rock outside Excalibur's lighthouse this issue, where Kitty decides to leave it. Not sure if this is specifically going anywhere in the immediate future, but I do know Kitty continues to be the guardian/wielder of the Soulsword for awhile yet.
The Chronology Corner
Mojo Mayhem takes place between pages of this issue.
A Work in Progress
Fake Courtney tasks Nigel, as part of his repayment of the debt he owes her following his lost bet, with contracting Technet for her.
Kitty notes the X-Men's propensity for damaging their homes.
She also notes that she somehow always ends up with physically attractive roommates.
Last issue seemed to suggest that Kitty took Widget with her when she and Rachel left the Tower; in this issue, Alistair brings Widget to the lighthouse with him.
Just as Nightcrawler and Meggan did previously, Kitty briefly finds herself transported to an alien world while at the lighthouse.
Captain Britain is seen wearing what I assume is meant to be a standard WHO uniform this issue.
I Love the 80s
In a rather odd moment that doesn't really go anywhere, Nazi Nightcrawler tries to rape Brigadier Stuart (and says that eventually, she'll learn to enjoy it), who turns out to be Meggan in disguise. An interesting thing that comes out of the scene is Nightcrawler realizing just how close some of his own swashbuckling romantic gestures towards women come to the line Nazi Nightcrawler blatantly crossed.
The Reference Section
Kitty has a Cats Laughing poster in her bedroom.
Kitty continues to pine for Alistair, who only has eyes for Rachel, which triggers some body issues for Kitty.
This isn't quite a Classic Claremont Quiet Issue, but it is chiefly concerned with wrapping up the Nazi Excalibur story and setting up Excalibur's multi-part 1989 storyline, and as such, it's filled with mostly quiet, character driven moments. Aside from the really creepy and mostly pointless scene in which Nazi Nightcrawler tries to rape Brigadier Stuart, the most notable bit is Kitty grappling with body image issues and the fact that she keeps ending up with hot best friends/roommates. That's probably not going anywhere (given that the series is about to be caught up in the seemingly-endless "Cross Time Caper") but it's still an intriguing bit of writing, even in just this small dose. Of course, it's hard to really get too invested in much of any of this with Rogers & Austin still turning in sub-par art. Davis & Neary are back next issue, and they can't return soon enough.
Tomorrow, a tale from Wolverine's past in Wolverine #10. Next week, Nanny attacks in Uncanny X-Men #248, followed by the New Mutants in Asgard in New Mutants #79.