X-Lapsed, Episode 092 – Excalibur #11 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Ninety Two

Excalibur (vol.4) #11 (October, 2020)”
“Blood of the Changeling”
Writer – Tini Howard
Art – Marcus To
Colors – Erick Arciniega
Letters – VC’s Arianna Maher
Design – Tom Muller
Head of X – Hickman
Edits – Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: August 19, 2020

Today we look at an issue of Excalibur that sorta-kinda feels like bunch of unfinished scenes all smooshed together to fit a standard-sized comic book.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a good time… it’s just, a bit disjointed.  Maybe it’s the Otherworld effect?  Sure, let’s go with that!

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One thought on “X-Lapsed, Episode 092 – Excalibur #11 (2020)

  • Damien Drouet-Whiter

    I'll start by wondering why there isn't an Ecchs of Tens label on this book. It literally explains who some of the characters in Ecchs are. I read the crossover before this issue and I just thought the different priestesses were involved in different parts of the story for no particular reason. This issue explains what they are for. It also features a moment between Betsy and Saturnyne which sets up the whole crossover. You can read and enjoy Ecchs of Tens without this (I did) but it adds to the story unlike X-Force which is completely irrelevant. Who is making the marketing decisions for Marvel Comics? They clearly haven't read the books.

    The way both battles ended was a bit weird but I didn't notice it until you mentioned it. I suppose I'm used to the rules of Otherworld being completely arbitrary so I excuse plot holes in a way I might not in another story. My head cannon is that the priestesses stop pointless fights. So in the first encounter they end it when they discover that Excalibur want to protect Jubilee and Shogo so they are on the same side. The second battle ends when the gateway is built. They are fighting to prevent it, why keep fighting when you have lost.

    The Externals did surprise me but I seem to remember that Rictor was involved in the story that got rid of them so it's at least relevant to his experience. Also they had to set up Candra's amulet to be stolen in the postscript. I'm presuming it's the same gem that Rogue and Gambit find in Saturnyne's closet.

    Overall I enjoyed this despite it's flaws. I remain impressed by how consistently good Marcus To and Erick Arciniega are. The book is beautiful.


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