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X-Men: Excalibur Classic, Vol. 2 - Two-Edged Sword Paperback – July 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (July 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Fuson on May 16, 2007
This volume collects Excalibur (v.1) # 6-11 and Mojo Mayhem. All are written by Chris Claremont, and the artwork is by pencillers Alan Davis, Arthur Adams, Ron Lim, and Marshall Rogers, and inkers Paul Neary, Josef Rubinstein, Terry Austin, and Bob Wiacek.

The first couple issues crossover into the X-Men Inferno event, and while Excalibur isn't key to understanding Inferno, reading Inferno helps to understand what's happening in Excalibur. Phoenix responds to the psychic distress call of her "brother" Nathan Christopher Summers, and the rest of Excalibur follows, but they all get trapped by the chaos of New York before they can help with the major event. Claremont uses his oft repeated plot trick of having one or more of the characters getting corrupted, in this case Meggan and later Captain Britain, and the team is forced to fight each other.

After the battle, while still in New York, is the character development issue where Meggan deals with her empathic shapeshifting identity crisis (she tends to look like what people want her too, so how does she get to know herself?), Captain Britain's powers seem to be fading, Kitty deals with the loss of yet another friend from her X-Men days, Nightcrawler steals the X-Men's old jet (not knowing that the X-men are actually still alive) and Phoenix checks in on her baby brother.

Then, back in England the dimension hopping story that's been building since issue #1 (in Excalibur Classic vol. 1, 'natch) comes to a head as Hauptman Englande leads a Nazi version of Excalibur into our dimension to retrieve the Nazi Moira MacTaggart and Callisto. This of course has gets a big reaction from Kitty Pryde, who is Jewish. This story also sets up the next volume "The Cross-Time Caper.
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I love the wacky dimensions Excalibur travels through. This volume further develops the characters. I love this team the are all so different yet close.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Loderi on March 10, 2011
I'm the sort of person that needs to have stuff once I start collecting. And most preferably, said stuff should be in numerical order for completeness.

Well, it backfired, let me tell you.

My favorite Marvel comics character of all time- ALL TIME is Nightcrawler. And in the late 80's when the X-Men got blown into outer space and you got all sorts of outer space adventures for them, Nightcrawler missed out on that ride.

He was transferred from the main X-Men comic line into a totally new start up Marvel comic series called Excalibur and then wonderful wacky storytelling happened with him.

The comics have been collected into paperbacks so people like me who are too young to have gotten our hands on the stories the first time around can have access to Alan Davis' shiny shiny fabulous drawings. (And Chris Claremont's cracky story-telling. The man is special)

Anyway.

I managed to get paperbacks 1 and 3 of Excalibur at a San Diego Comic-con for half list price. SCORE!

It was awesome.

And then I was all, I want to have #2! I can't wait to know what's in #2! It will also be just as awesome!

Yeah, well.

I got my hands on #2, formally titled "Excalibur Classic Vol. Two: Two-Edged Sword".

Chris Claremont decided that what his story needed was Nazis. Really. And not in a Captain America sort of way, either. You know how it goes, the heroes fly in, punches and kicking happens, the good guys win, blah blah blah. Tiresome. Simplistic. Standard comics tomfoolery.

#2 was baffling. So he writes about alternate dimension Nazis who got to take over Britain and started harnessing magic to open up other dimensions for potential conquest- I don't even. It was just wacky. And gross.
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