My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I’m intrigued by the hints at a romance between Wisdom and Betsy…now if only Kitty could show up and complicate things…” is how I ended my review of #9. Be careful what you wish for…
It seems that this issue (and this series) is quite divisive, with some people complaining that it’s too confusing to follow. I can only assume those people aren’t long time Excalibur fans who remember the Cross Time Caper fondly. Yes, this is confusing as hell, and I too wondered what Kate Pryde was doing here, in a flying ship, when over in her own series, Marauaders, she’s currently dead. But, come on, Jamie Braddock is in this, it should have been obvious what was going on!
Excalibur has always been all about convoluted plots involving reality warping and alternate Earths, and this is no different.
What it is, is great fun, and if you ever wondered what Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee and Rictor would be like as Captain Britain then this is the book for you!
Lastly, the cover by Mahmud Asrar is beautiful and the internal art, by Marcus To is superb, with Kate’s body language while telling Betsy about Pete Wisdom’s death being a particularly good moment. Even if it wasn’t our Kate and our Pete.
In summary, an excellent issue in the great wibbly wobbly, timey wimey tradition of Excalibur!