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Subj: Re: Excalibur's Cross-Time Caper
Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 at 03:18:53 pm EDT (Viewed 160 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Excalibur's Cross-Time Caper
Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 at 12:06:39 pm EDT (Viewed 12 times)


      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.

    There were a lot of things that didn't make sense at all. The most idiotic part was the scene where Rachel is able to fight hand-to-hand and Kitty thinks to herself that Rachel learned how to fight by watching her fight. Not that Kitty taught her or that Rachel learned by reading her mind- by watching her fight! Since when is Rachel's mutant power photographic reflexes?

It always bothers me when Rachel's skills are discounted. It takes more than just telepathy to be leader of Ahab's pack. It would take a lot of fighting and tactical ability, as well. Mimicking other fighters shouldn't be that difficult for her.

    In issue 19, Meggan is able to duplicate the forms and abilities of anyone Rachel met. Aside from the fact that some of the people Meggan duplicated never met Rachel, that makes Meggan way too powerful.

Eh... her godlike-iness is why we love her. But really she already has the powers of all the people she duplicated.

    Why didn't they have Meggan duplicate someone with dimensional travel and go home that way?

Don't think that would have really helped. Just having a boat is no guarantee someone would find Cuba.

    On the Shadow King world, Rachel is unable to defeat an evil Iron Man because his armor is programmed to go into automatic mode if a telepath attacks. If Rachel can change people's clothes just by thinking about it, she should have no problem with Iron Man. In a similar scene with Dormammu, Dormy just waved his hand, Stark in undies.
    Why didn't Rachel read Saturnyne's mind to find out why she let her go?
    Then we have the scene where Rachel tar and feathers Nigel's counterpart because of what he was thinking about her, even though he never actually DID anything, and everyone acts like that's justified. Rachel, if you don't want men thinking naughty thoughts about you, then either dress more conservatively or DON'T ENTER PEOPLE'S MINDS WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Yeah. However...

Not sure if Rachel is powerful/skilled enough to read Saturnyne's mind.

And whoa now... just because a woman dresses a certain way doesn't give people any special permissions, even to think in particular ways. And people's thoughts in these stories are not "in their minds." They are broadcasts that radiate out.

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