Issue(s): Excalibur #29
In any event, Power Pack's spaceship Friday shows up and hovers above Excalibur's lighthouse. When Excalibur goes to investigate, Nightcrawler finds the Elan and Horse-Alex, who of course he doesn't recognize at first.
Alex explains that they went to an institution to see if they could get help for their catatonic mother, but instead they were attacked with knockout gas. The rest of the Powers and Franklin Richards have been knocked out. Exaclibur agree to investigate the institution.
One thing about this issue is that Wozniak's Horse-Alex is much more adorable than Tom Morgan's.
Alex is adjusting to his horse form, with Nightcrawler being an inspiration to him like the Things were in the final Power Pack issue. Also note that Alex's new powers include teleportation.
They also include the ability to be in two places at once while he's in cloud form.
The institution turns out to be under the control of Nightmare, so the rest of the issue is, well, nightmares.
I bet all Marvel's mystical villains have a Franklin Richards Ruins Everything tumblr.
Franklin ends Nightmare's attack, and Power Pack (and company) and Excalibur wake up separately and don't even remember the team-up or having fought Nightmare. So this story has all my favorite things: Horse-Alex, Nightmare, and a "it never really happened" ending. Great.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place during Power Pack #62. Note that Kitty Pryde is still not back with Excalibur.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAlex Power Clone, Captain Britain, Energizer, Franklin Richards, Friday, Infant Terrible, Jim Power Clone, Lightspeed, Lockheed, Margaret Power Clone, Mass Master, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Nightmare, Rachel Summers
Either the Elan can regenerate his amputated antenna, or there is an art mistake, or the first scan is showing some sort of mental projection or illusion.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | July 9, 2015 6:31 PM
I think that fnord was being unusually generous when he gave this series a D+. I remember buying this issue when it came out and really groaning the entire time I was reading it. I was definitely missing Claremont & Davis by this point.
Y'know, I do think Chris Wozniak is a pretty good, albeit very unconventional, artist. I wish that he had been given better stories to work on that maybe were more suited to his style. Some of the weird & mystical stuff in this issue that he draws is decent, such as his depiction of Nightmare. Maybe he ought to have been given a try at drawing a Doctor Strange story.
Posted by: Ben Herman | July 12, 2015 7:28 PM
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