Characters Appearing: Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Britain, Cerise, Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), War Machine
Issue(s): Excalibur #59, Excalibur #61
Captain Britain is in Wakanda to finalize an association between Braddock Enterprises (previously managed by Brian's brother Jamie), Stark Enterprises, and the United States and Wakandan governments. Braddock Enterprises has developed "self-devouring waste containment".
The fact that Iron Man is drinking confirms for Captain America that he's not Tony Stark.
Meggan is posing as Brian's assistant (the idea is to protect Brian's secret identity while he's running the business), and Kitty Pryde has hitched a ride to soak up some Wakandan sun. The dichotomy between Wakanda's primitive and technological sides is played up, and the villain of the story turns out to be the awesome looking but kind of boring Icon, who wants Wakanda to return to its isolationist roots.
To maintain their secret identities, Meggan morphs to look like a Wakkandan...
...and Captain Britain disguises himself as a Tarzan-like jungle man.
I like Icon's complaint about how many super-heroes are suddenly in Wakanda.
Brian seems to have forgotten that his powers wane when he's outside of Britain.
Like a lot of Scott Lobdell stories, it's very jokey and not very good. To be fair, Alan Davis' Excalibur is one of the best things happening in 1992-1993, so any break from his run is going to be a disappointment. Some of the jokes are funny, and the basic conflict in Wakanda is something i like to see addressed, so there are some good points here.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place after Rhodey gets the War Machine suit in Iron Man #286.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Fnord, as we'll see in a few issues, Brian is having problems with his powers due to the destruction of the matrix.
Posted by: Michael | June 4, 2016 11:37 AM
The Knight Errant is quoting Don Quixote's lines from the musical Man of La Mancha.
Posted by: Tony Lewis | June 9, 2016 12:52 PM
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