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X-Men: Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1 - The Sword is Drawn (v. 1) Paperback – November 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (November 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118886
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Hall on November 30, 2005
The original Excalibur team was never a huge seller and for the majority of the run of the series it remained very distant from the events of the X-Men and related titles. Yet it always had strong ties to the X-Men and was in essence the X-Men's equivalent in Europe. This collection included the hard to find origin of the team, the Excalibur: Drawing the Sword special, and the first five issues of the series.

The Birth of Excalibur: In the Mutant Massacre Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Colossus were all severely injured in battle by Mr. Sinister's Marauders, and all three were relocated to the Mutant Research Center on Muir Isle in Scotland to recover. Colossus recovered from his injuries before his other incapacitated teammates and rejoined the X-Men around the time of Inferno (note: Colossus would eventually join Excalibur near the end of the run of the series). Shadowcat and Nightcrawler slowly recovered but soon after the latter awoke from his coma the two of them watched helplessly as the X-Men (seemingly) sacrificed their lives in Dallas during the Fall of the Mutants. One of the X-Men at the time was Pyslock, the twin sister of Captain Britain, and her death sparked a dark period of heavy whiskey drinking for the UK's iconic hero.

Soon after the X-Men's apparent final stand in Dallas was seen on TVs across the globe, Rachael Summers, a.k.a. Phoenix (II), began showing up in the dreams of both Shadowcat and Nightcrawler. Not long before the Mutant Massacre Rachael had attempted to assassinate Selene, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club in Manhattan but Wolverine stopped her with a quick slash of his claws.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on November 11, 2005
To understand this book some background is needed. This is taking place at a time when most of the X-Men were believed dead, their lives given to defend the world against the Siege Perilous. Left behind were Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler (both who were injured and not with the team), Captain Britain, and Rachel Summers, who was Phoenix at the time.

This book picks up the tattered remains of the X-Men, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Phoenix, Captain Britain, and Megan and forms them into Excalibur. Chris Claremont and Alan Davis created this book, which is set in the British Isles. In this graphic the team is formed, faces some of Mojo's creations, the Juggernaut, Arcade and more. Relationships are formed and tested, as everyone is just getting to know each other.

However, with that all being said, I must admit that while I love Chris Claremont and worshiped him when he was at the heights of his X-Men glory, this is not his best work. The first half of the graphic feels stilted and is frankly.... Boring. The last bit of the graphic started to move better and I'm looking forward to the next graphic to see if Claremont found what he wanted to do with these characters. Alan Davis's art is as beautiful as ever, the man has a very stylized form that I happened to gain an attachment to with other X-Books of the time.

Buy this book and enjoy it, just be aware that as it is with most introductory works, bugs were still being ironed out when this was written and it isn't optimal, but it is enjoyable.

Recommended to comic book newcomers and season veterans alike, but especially recommended to X-Men fans and those looking for some `retro' fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Entropy on January 9, 2006
Here is one of the x-men's best sister titles. With phenomenal art by Alan Davis and some great writing by Claremont, the classic Excalibur series was witty and original. Great characters and characterization, this a great series. A must have, esp. for fans of Alan Davis and classic Claremont.
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If you're a fan of Chris Claremont you're certainly going to love reading the first volume comprising of the first issues of Excalibur.

One thing you've got to love about this is that all the heroes have their own personal demons to deal with from the start, but still they overcome and learn to work as a team even though they still have problems.

And there's also reference to British pop culture like the sci-fi comic Dan Dare here as well, and possibly Doctor Who.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Astronerd on January 9, 2007
Still as good as they were when I bought two copies (one for careful reading, one for collecting) of each issue. Before my mother gave them away when I was at college.
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