History Comicbook / Excalibur

5th Oct '17 11:39:55 AM WolfMattGrey
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* MultinationalTeam: The original team had Captain Britain (English), Meggan (British/Fey, raised by Gypsies), Nightcrawler (German), Shadowcat (American/Jewish), Lockheed (alien dragon) and Phoenix (alternate future American). Other line-ups also included Colossus (Russian), Douglock (American/techo-organic alien), Wolfsbane (Scottish), Black Knight (American), Feron (alternate universe Fey), Cerise (yet another alien race), Pete Wisdom (English), etc. There's also the constant presence of the extradimensional robot Widget.
5th Oct '17 7:16:13 AM WolfMattGrey
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* EyeScream: A heroic example occurs when Necrom attempts to lure Kylun into a trap with an image of [[spoiler:his girlfriend, previously killed by Necrom]]. Kylun isn't fooled, and as Necrom is sneaking up behind him to drain his life he lashes out with one of his magical swords, slashing Necrom across the face and putting out one of his eyes. The sorcerer sensibly [[VillainExitStageLeft flees the battle]].
4th Oct '17 12:13:23 PM WolfMattGrey
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* OutOfGenreExperience: Issue 18 takes place in [[Anime/SpeedRacer a world focused on a continuous Global Grand Prix]]. We're also introduced to two female police officers, the [[LightNovel/DirtyPair Dirty Angels]]. If that wasn't enough anime parody, the art style shifts to a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9dWPc2LXztI/VQHc_sQRpxI/AAAAAAAAYNc/vsTYDqdiU7Q/s1600/Excalibur%2B%2318%2B-%2BDirty%2BAngels.png manga-ish]] [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/a/af/Excalibur_Vol_1_18.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/322?cb=20080126132619 state]]. The weirdest part? The story concludes in the next issue, which goes back to the usual comic book style.
4th Oct '17 7:33:38 AM WolfMattGrey
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* DirtyMindReading: Being a telepath, Rachel catches... [[{{Understatement}} interesting]] thoughts from an alternate Nigel Frobisher. We never find out what the exact thoughts were, but they were bad enough to make Rachel furiously tar and feather Frobisher. When Brian is intrigued by the situation, she projects the thoughts in his mind and his temper slips as well.
4th Oct '17 4:31:49 AM WolfMattGrey
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3rd Oct '17 1:34:10 PM WolfMattGrey
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* GivingThemTheStrip: In "The Cross-Time Caper" arc, Shadowcat and Phoenix (temporarily de-powered) are bound upside-down in a slaver ship. Kitty shows off her ninja skills (last seen in the ''Kitty Pryde and Wolverine'' mini-series) to slip out of her boots, freeing herself. Rachel comments that she couldn't do that even if she knew how, since her costume is literally one piece of leather going up to her neck. Kitty replies that ''she'' could probably still pull it off, if not for embarrassment.



** For all intents and purposes, they were also the British ''Avengers'' (not [[Series/TheAvengers those ones]]), partly because there were no other super-teams who could play that part, and partly because mutants were less controversial in Britain than in the U.S. at the time (just like [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Canada]], one suspects that the British took whatever superheroes they could get)

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** For all intents and purposes, they were also the British ''Avengers'' (not [[Series/TheAvengers those ones]]), partly because there were no other super-teams who could play that part, and partly because mutants were less controversial in Britain than in the U.S. at the time (just like [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Canada]], one suspects that the British took whatever superheroes they could get) get).
26th Sep '17 6:30:04 AM WolfMattGrey
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* TheCommissionerGordon: Inspector Dai Thomas. His relationship with superheroes was extremely strained due to the death of his wife in the wreckage of a super-fight (he nearly crossed the line to InspectorJavert) but in the end did come to find some respect for Captain Britain.



* AnotherDimension: It almost seemed like the original Excalibur team were hopping into another dimension every other week. More cynical readers might speculate that this was because the book was usually written by Americans who didn't know the first thing about the UK, and this was the easiest way to hide that fact (not entirely true, considering that co-creators Chris Claremont and Alan Davis are both British-born, and though Claremont's family moved to America when he was a child, Davis is a lifelong resident--not to mention the fact that Claremont was a co-creator of Captain Britain in the first place). That said, TheMultiverse was already a well-established feature of Captain Britain stories--one of which first coined the now-ubiquitous "Earth-616" as the designation of the "prime" Marvel Universe--and it was shown early on that Brian was only one of a dimension-crossing corps of near-infinite Captain Britains. Even with a long storyline explicitly involving parallel realities--"The Cross-Time Caper"--Excalibur really spent no more or less time on Earth-616 than Cap himself did in his previous solo adventures.)

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* AnotherDimension: It almost seemed like the original Excalibur team were hopping into another dimension every other week. More cynical readers might speculate that this was because the book was usually written by Americans who didn't know the first thing anything about the UK, and this was the easiest way to hide that fact (not entirely true, considering that co-creators Chris Claremont and Alan Davis are both British-born, and though Claremont's family moved to America when he was a child, Davis is a lifelong resident--not to mention the fact that Claremont was a co-creator of Captain Britain in the first place). That said, TheMultiverse was already a well-established feature of Captain Britain stories--one of which first coined the now-ubiquitous "Earth-616" as the designation of the "prime" Marvel Universe--and it was shown early on that Brian was only one of a dimension-crossing corps of near-infinite Captain Britains. Even with a long storyline explicitly involving parallel realities--"The Cross-Time Caper"--Excalibur really spent no more or less time on Earth-616 than Cap himself did in his previous solo adventures.)
26th Sep '17 3:53:10 AM Robbyn
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26th Sep '17 3:27:18 AM WolfMattGrey
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* DisgustingPublicToilet: In the ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}'' tie-in, Kitty needs to answer a call of nature while being carried by Meggan across the Atlantic. They spot a freighter and land on it so she can go to the restroom, but the place is disgustingly filthy.
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But no team with {{Mutants}} can ever stay light-hearted for long in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, so they eventually returned to their angsty X-Roots and eventually became just another mutant book.

Since then, the team has broken up and reformed a couple of times, with different membership each time. Currently defunct, and the SpiritualSuccessor ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' (even featuring the actual Excalibur sword) [[TooGoodToLast was also cancelled after 15 issues.]]

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But no team with {{Mutants}} can ever stay light-hearted for long in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, so they eventually returned to their angsty X-Roots and eventually became just another mutant book.

book. Since then, the team has broken up and reformed a couple of times, with different membership each time. Currently defunct, and the SpiritualSuccessor ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' (even featuring the actual Excalibur sword) [[TooGoodToLast was also cancelled after 15 issues.]]



* FreakyFridayFlip: Very early in the series, almost the whole team was flipped with the Crazy Gang, using a device invented by [[IdiotSavant Tweedledope]]: Captain Britain with Tweedledope, Meggan with the Knave, Nightcrawler with the Jester, and Phoenix with the Executioner. (Presumably, the villains intended to flip Shadowcat with the Red Queen, but she escaped.) Cap was able to somehow access Tweedledope's skills to use the device and reverse the effect (after the usual misunderstanding fight, naturally).



* TwoGirlsToATeam: The original line-up inverts this, having 3 girls and 2 guys (and [[TeamPet Lockheed]]).
* WasItAllALie: Kitty's reaction after "Courtney Ross" is revealed to be evil Sat-Yr-9, who previously befriended her during Kitty's HeroicBSOD.

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* TwoGirlsToATeam: The original line-up inverts this, having 3 three girls and 2 two guys (and [[TeamPet Lockheed]]).
* WasItAllALie: Kitty's reaction after "Courtney [[spoiler:"Courtney Ross" is revealed to be evil Sat-Yr-9, Sat-Yr-9]], who previously befriended her during Kitty's HeroicBSOD.
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