Excalibur (2019-) #20 by Tini Howard

Excalibur (2019-) #20Excalibur (2019-) #20 by Tini Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one’s a treaty for long time X-fans as we finally get an origin story for Malice, who hasn’t really appeared too much over the years, and has, at times, possessed various X-Men and made them do some fairly terrible things. She’s never had a body of her own, and in this issue we learn why.

She also, by the end of the issue, gains a body…which seemed like the obvious solution to the problem of Malice. Of course Professor X would have rather just thrown her in a pit…which begs the question: Yo, Charlie, what’s wrong with you? And there is definitely something wrong with Charles Xavier, I have no doubt about that now. Whether it has something to do with the Maker from the Ultimate universe, or the Shadow King, or just his desperate need to get this life of Moira right, as it’s their last chance to save the future of mutantkind, I don’t know. But he’s definitely been strangely comfortable with Beast’s excesses, and now this… Hmm…

But overall this is really about Betsy Braddock and Kwannon, and them working out their issues with each other and body swapping, and it really resolves that very well.

The art is as good as it always is, and while some might complain that this is currently more of a Captain Britain book than an Excalibur book at the moment, I really don’t mind that.

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