Characters Appearing: Arcade, Captain Britain, Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Train Dragon, Widget
Marvel Comics Presents #31-38 (Excalibur)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #31, Marvel Comics Presents #32, Marvel Comics Presents #33, Marvel Comics Presents #34, Marvel Comics Presents #35, Marvel Comics Presents #36, Marvel Comics Presents #37, Marvel Comics Presents #38 (Excalibur story only)
This is the work of a mystery villain, who is currently in prison. We'll learn in the final installment that it's Arcade.
Kitty manages to escape capture. But the others are placed in environments where they're forced to deal with evil versions of themselves or other nonsense scenarios.
Kitty rescues everyone, and then they go after Arcade and his Loonies.
Kitty has a team of Merry Maladies to fight Arcade's Loonies.
Despite the fact that i think this entire story is a waste of space, i couldn't help laugh at some of the above images. I'm not heartless, you guys! I just like my super-hero comics to take themselves a little more seriously, and i think Excalibur especially is hurt by the constant goofy humor.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Widget is fully operational and Kitty is with the team, placing this after the Cross Time Caper and Excalibur #34.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The dragon appearing in the final chapters is the Train Dragon, so it should be listed as a character appearing.
Posted by: Michael | July 30, 2015 7:42 PM
I thought this was a great story! The artwork by Erik Larsen & Terry Austin was fantastic and hysterical. The chapter where Lockheed and Widget team up was my favorite.
Posted by: Ben Herman | July 30, 2015 8:15 PM
@Michael, i thought maybe he (?) was part of the scenarios since it didn't seem like he was around in the beginning, but i've added him.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 30, 2015 9:06 PM
I did enjoy the zany fun of this story when it came out, but yeah, it is not very good. In addition, it raises the question that if Arcade has the capability of creating robots with such potent super-powers (the weapons of Guns & Southpaw, Rooster's mind control, etc.), then why doesn't he do that again/more? The Loonies completely shut Excalibur down initially, and they never have a rematch, as the Maladies defeat them at the end of the story.
Posted by: Erik Robbins | July 30, 2015 10:45 PM
Doesn't train dragon turn out to be a "she"...?
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | July 31, 2015 1:50 AM
I wasn't sure, Jay, that's why i put the (?).
Posted by: fnord12 | July 31, 2015 9:24 AM
Is this the storyline in MCP where Captain Britain ends up on the set of Cheers? If so, that would have been the last Marvel comic I read for about 12 years, because at this point in time pretty much every comic was awful.
I feel really bad for you having to read this stuff, Fnord. I imagine there must have been some dud years in the 1970's, but 1989-90 has to be some pretty atrocious times overall.
Posted by: James Nostack | July 31, 2015 9:42 AM
Unless i blacked out (entirely possible), he doesn't end up on Cheers. He spends most of his time in a Wizard of Oz scenario and then rejoins the group at the end (and they all go home in a hot air balloon ala Oz again).
So i guess there is more awfulness to come... ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | July 31, 2015 9:47 AM
Sorry, fnord, you did black out- at the end of the Captain Britain chapter, he does end up on Cheers. Then it turns out that everything is just an illusion.
Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2015 5:50 PM
I've tried to verify this but i blacked out again.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 31, 2015 6:42 PM
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