Collects Excalibur 59-67.
Writer: Alan Davis, Scott Lobdell
Artists: Scott Kolins, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
The collection starts with a two-part story written by Lobdell and drawn by Kolins. Brian has been invited to Wakanda in business and he took Meggan with him. Kitty sneaked aboard with Lockheed in order to take a vacation on somewhere warm. That’s a good thing because Wakandan supervillain Icon attacks! Fortunately, the all-new and all-different Excalibur is there to defeat him. The new team includes Iron Man, Captain America (who are also there to represent US government), Black Panther, Jungle man, Shadowcat, and Meggan. Meanwhile, back in Britain Cerise and Kurt encounter the Knight Errant.
Then Davis returns and brings back Phoenix. In deep space, Rachel confronts Galactus and some disturbing truths about her power. Meanwhile, on Earth first Micromax (a super powered agent of the British government) and then Alistaire Stewart are kidnapped while Brian and Meggan are vacationing. Excalibur (with a more traditional line-up of Kurt, Kitty, Cerise, Kylun, and Feron) investigate the kidnappings and finds out about R. C. X which is Britain’s new secret para-human organization. It appears that someone or something is infecting Britain’s super powered people with a virus that changes them back to human and kills them. This takes up the majority of the comic. This is a treat for old readers because it brings back characters from the original Captain Britain comic (by Moore and Davis).
The last two issues have the most interesting story to me. Rachel has returned and she wants to use her powers to return to her own parallel timeline to wipe out the Sentinels with the Phoenix power. And who could blame her? However, people from that dimension interfere and the whole Excalibur comes with her to fight the sentinels, Hound Master Ahab, and the Hierarchy, the ultimate Sentinel which commands the other Sentinels.
This was a good conclusion to Rachel’s story but I would have loved to see more of the world. While in the original story, only US had been taken over by the Sentinels, this time the machines have apparently taken over most of Europe and are fighting in Russia. However, this was only mentioned and not shown.
Overall this was another good collection which ties up more dangling plotlines. However, I’m not really familiar with the old characters so I though the central storyline was a bit too long while the “Back to the Present” could have been expanded. Now it’s focused completely in superhero fights. Also, it leaves Widget with a human mind!