After the long, unintentional pandemic break, we return to an Excalibur that is very different from what we left. What happened in the two and a half months off to get us to the new status quo of Excalibur #10?
Erick Arciniega (colors), Mahmud Asrar (cover), Tini Howard (writer), Tom Muller (design), VC’s Cory Petit (letters), Marcus To (art), Matthew Wilson (cover)
June 10, 2020
So when we last left Excalibur, they were in Otherworld, fighting the forces of Omniversal Majestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne. Jubilee had just firebombed an army, and righteously peeved off the Majestrix, who seemed to be summoning Captain Britain versions of the rest of Excalibur. That is decidedly not where we open Excalibur #10.
Instead, we’re now in a war-torn London, with burning effigies of mutants and a burned down gate. Apparently, not just the people of Britain hate mutants, but the land itself does too because a new gate can’t even be grown. So now Excalibur is trapped on an island at war with them, and no real way out, because Britain’s navy is a force to be reckoned with. They’re also facing off with heavily armed military gunning for mutants in the streets, which is a bit close to home this week.
So how do our heroes get out of this? With the Marauder of course! That is Kate’s job, after all, to get mutants out of areas where they can’t get safe access to gates. But how? Kate’s dead, you say? Curiouser and curiouser. Also, the Marauder flies now, because of course it does. This is thanks to Rachel Summers meditating below deck to use telekinesis to steer the ship.
This revelation also gives us the only love triangle I will support for this book with a very visibly enamored Betsy at the sight of Rachel, a very visibly flirtatious Rachel at the sight of Betsy, Rachel calling Kate her girl, and Kate being very visibly jealous of Betsy. Just let them all be polyamorous together and give the people what we want, Marvel!
On the opposite scope of love things, we have Betsy and Pete Wisdom. The good news is that he’s deader than a doornail. The bad news is that Betsy is sad about it. Please stay dead Pete, nobody really likes you.
— GET A JOB (@GetAJobXMen) June 14, 2020
So what exactly is going on here? Well of course it’s Jamie Braddock playing with reality like it’s Kinetic Sand. It should be expected in an Excalibur book that Jamie is a source of frustration and confusion, and this book is no different. He’s got Morgan le Fay bound and gagged, while he makes sandcastles with reality as he sees fit. He shows up on a unicorn to gore Jubilee, and then rains fire down on his sister and leaves her body broken on the ground. The Amulet of Right fragments, along with reality again, and a new Captain Britain Corps is born of the rest of Excalibur. Love Rogue’s fucky mask, adore Jubilee’s Union Jack glasses, and can’t wait to see more of this Corps.
Know who isn’t excited about this new Corps? Her Magestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne. She’s not happy at all about a Californian, a Mississippian, a Louisianan, and a Mexican being the new Captains Britain, and I can’t really blame her for that. But also they all look damn snazzy (thanks Marcus To) and that’s all I really care about.
Excalibur #10 harkens back to the things that make the original Excalibur a fun, if sometimes confusing, romp. At least our next issue is only a little more than a month away, rather than the nearly three it took to get here.