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Subj: Re: Excalibur's Cross-Time Caper
Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 at 10:06:29 am EDT (Viewed 135 times)
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So, what's the prevailing opinion on the Cross-Time Caper story line? It's something that I always considered a "classic" run, but I'm re-reading it now, and it seems to have lost it's luster. The first few issues were fine, in the novel absurdity of randomly crossing realities in a Nazi train; but I've hit a couple issues in a row where the story telling just doesn't work, and it's causing me to look back at the whole thing a bit more critically.

Claremont's dialogue just seems SO Claremont. Maybe too much so. And there isn't much point to any of these alternate realities. There have been times where I was certain I must have been skipping a page, but sadly, no.

Any defenders out there? Anyone want to confirm my re-evaluation of the story?

Well, it was like 12 issues (13, if you include that Weird World War GN). I typically don't like arcs that run that long, but I do have a great fondness for alt universes. And it was really more like a bunch of separate 1-2-issue stories around a general theme.

What you could be seeing is the brief period where there were fill-in artists for Alan Davis (#18-22). I think the only sketchy story was Excalibur #18 (and maybe #19). The rest are pretty consistently good. Not awesome, by any means, but it's a case of the sum being greater than the parts. It was pure wacky fun.

It still ranks in probably my Top 10 favourite X-stories of all time.

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