Issue(s): Excalibur #18, Excalibur #19
The world itself seems to based on Speed Racer, with the entire planet being focused on a continuous Global Grand Prix.
And acting as police officers are two characters that are a direct homage to the Manga series A Dirty Pair.
They're billed as The "Dirty Angels" Strikeforce (A Lovely Pair) in this book.
They are obviously very manga influenced, but when that same look is applied to Captain Britain and Kitty, it looks terrible.
From a plot perspective, aside from the mental bond that formed between Rachel Summers and Meggan last issue that isn't yet fully explained or explored, the main point of interest here is the fact that this world is controlled by a reality warping Jamie Braddock (older brother of Captain Britain and Psylocke). When Excalibur's dimension-hopping train crashes and Meggan falls into Jamie's car, Captain Britain immediately gets upset, saying that she has no idea what kind of man he is.
You can see in the first scan on this page that Kitty is surprised by that, since Psylocke never mentioned any problems with Jamie.
Things get moderately more interesting when, during the fight with Jamie, Widget creates a portal that Kitty goes through, and she winds up back on real Earth, in Braddock manor with their housekeeper, Emma.
She finds our world's Jamie Braddock upstairs, playing with action figures.
The gimmick of issue #19 is that Rachel has Meggan turn into all of the X-Men to fight Jamie (allowing the X-Men to be put on the cover).
But the battle actually ends when Kitty sends the real-world Jamie to bed.
But Kitty then finds that she's stuck on the real Earth and can't open the portal back up to bring her teammates home. The very end of the issue shows Saturnyne lurking menacingly over Kitty after she's fallen asleep.
Just for tracking purposes, i'll note that Nightcrawler's teleporting abilities are still not 100%.
I have not been super-interested in the Cross-Time Caper to start with, and the lack of Davis makes it all the worse. At least there's an actual development in these issues, since Kitty gets home.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: See the Comments below regarding Emma Collins as a Character Appearing and the Considerations for issue #27.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAlistaire Stuart, Captain Britain, Emma Collins, Jamie Braddock, Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Opal Luna Sat-yr^9, Rachel Summers, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Widget
It's odd how certain art styles work fine on their own, but not on certain characters, despite those characters going through a whole variety of art styles themselves.
For example, I liked Humberto Ramos' artwork on Crimson and Impulse, but I can't stand him on Spider-Man. Somehow it just feels to different from what I expect Spidey to look like, even though I have no problem with him being drawn by either Ditko or Brian Hitch, who are arguable much further removed form one another.
Same goes with Manga Kitty and Captain Britain, I guess. Although to be honest, the art doesn't look fantastic on the Dirty Pair homages either.
Posted by: Berend | April 27, 2015 5:42 PM
One thing about this issue always bothered me- if Meggan can turn into anyone she or Rachel has met, what are the limits to her powers? Isn't the rest of Excalibur redundant? Why can't she just turn into someone that can teleport between dimensions and get the team home that way?
Posted by: Michael | April 27, 2015 10:25 PM
Another problem- Brian says that Meggan has no idea what kind of man Jamie is, which is odd, since Brian and Doc Croc told her in Captain Britain 10.
Posted by: Michael | April 27, 2015 10:44 PM
The MCP lists Emma as a character appearing. I guess i'll see when i get to #27 if there's an alternate interpretation (i.e., Jamie brought her back?), but i've removed her from now.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 28, 2015 7:58 AM
The manga parody was ok, but it was basically abandoned halfway through the story.
Posted by: ChrisW | April 28, 2015 12:24 PM
I always read Emma's appearance in this issue and Excalibur 27 as a duplicate Emma but I checked at the Marvel Appendix site and apparently they think Emma was actually back. We'll wait until Excalibur 27 to see your interpretation. I guess that's the problem with temporary resurrections- sometimes it isn't clear if it's the "real" dead character or just some sort of duplicate.
Posted by: Michael | April 28, 2015 7:55 PM
Emma;'s death was never shown on panel in the Marvel UK stories, and the only word we really have for it is from the Mastermind AI created by Brian's father, which was hardly above lying to people.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 8, 2015 9:03 PM
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