The Transparent Fox:
Characters Appearing: Captain Britain, Cerise, Dr. Doom, Kylun, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)
Excalibur: XX Crossing
Issue(s): Excalibur: XX Crossing
And i feel like he would never sit there and tolerate some cocky idiot making jokes and making a general ass of himself while repeatedly failing to do what he was promising to do. My Dr. Doom would have disintegrated him a minute after he opened his mouth. And more to the point, i feel like Dr. Doom would never admit to himself that he has a reason to extract vengeance from Excalibur over the events of Excalibur #37-39. Doom would believe that he got exactly what he wanted out of that encounter as part of a longer term goal, and indeed my Dr. Doom wouldn't just believe it; it would be true.
So that sours any opinion i was going to have over this issue, which is really just an excuse to have the members of Excalibur fight the original X-Men in strange scenarios in individual chapters illustrated by different artists. (If you're comparing my credits to the actual issue, be aware that the credits for chapter 3 were corrected in the lettercol of Excalibur #54, with Brian Stelfreeze & Karl Story replacing Dwayne Turner and Josef Rubenstein. And Steve Lightle and Jimmy Palmiotti do both the opening and closing chapters.)
And then again without the weird settings.
I think the assassin, Sidestep, might really be Brian Michael Bendis, because who else thinks that bringing the original X-Men into the present is a good idea? And of course Excalibur manage to beat them. The original X-Men, especially when they were still kids, weren't exactly powerhouses. Sidestep says "maybe I should have shanghaied the Avengers" at one point. No kidding!
Nightcrawler eventually gets the vest off of Sidestep that gives him his powers, and the original X-Men are sent back to their own time period with no memory of the incident. So Sidestep can't really be Bendis, because the X-Men don't linger around forever. Then we see Doom drop Sidestep down a trapdoor and call on the next applicant.
One thing i like is that the only dialogue we get from Doom in this story is that bit at the end with him calling the next potential assassin. This way i can pretend that the whole time he's thinking to himself, "How did i get myself in this ridiculous situation?".
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Nightcrawler's cast is off, so i've placed this after Excalibur #54.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I think the assassin, Sidestep, might really be Brian Michael Bendis, because who else thinks that bringing the original X-Men into the present is a good idea?
Okay, fnord, now that was a good one!
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 22, 2016 11:10 PM
Maybe Doom already knew the outcome of Sidestep's mission and is just waiting to see how big a hole he digs for himself?
Posted by: D09 | July 26, 2016 2:58 PM
There is no "maybe"!!! Doom knows all (unless it's a Doombot);)
Posted by: clyde | July 26, 2016 3:42 PM
I see a one-shot divided into "chapters" with Terry Kavanagh as editor and I immediately think "Marvel Comics Presents overflow", but fnord lists seven art teams, not the five I would expect given the 48-page length Mike's Amazing World lists. Are the "chapters" irregular length or are they all six pages without splashes?
Posted by: Morgan Wick | April 10, 2017 2:23 AM
The opening and closing chapters are by Lobdell/Lightle/Palmiotti. The opening is 4 pages and the end is 8 pages. The middle chapters are all 6 pages, including an opening splash. So it doesn't seem like regular Marvel Comics Presents length, but it could just have been designated as a one-shot after it was plotted but before it was penciled.
On the other hand, Kavanagh was also the regular Excalibur editor, so this could have always been intended as a one-shot.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 10, 2017 7:30 AM
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