Issue(s): Excalibur #15
...and instead focuses on Technet's fulfillment of the mission that they were hired for by Nigel Frobisher, to rescue Captain Britain's brother from imprisonment by Doctor Crocodile. If we read the original Captain Britain story, we know that Jamie is a captive with the full knowledge and acceptance of Captain Britain, but Technet don't know that (and probably wouldn't care anyway since it's just a job to them). The mercenaries fight their way through Doc Croc's forces...
...and manage to free Jamie despite Croc's warnings. It turns out that Jamie is quite mad and also a reality-warper, something that wasn't clear from the original CB story. There was some messing with reality in that story, but it seemed to all be due to Doc Croc's psychedelic gas. Jamie seemed like a sane if morally evil slaver and environmental despoiler at the time.
In fact, Jamie is now a lot more like Mad Jim Jaspers.
Especially after Scatterbrain transforms him from being totally mad to slightly less bonkers.
He winds up destroying most of Technet.
In the end, though, Nigel Frobisher (who has taken on Courtney Ross's look, a continuation of the revelation from a couple issues back when Technet revealed that he has a desire to be her) manages to "hire" Jamie...
...and convinces him to put Technet back together. Doc Croc, however, is left as a tiny cybernetic crocodile.
This issue is something of a break from the Cross-Time Caper, but the hectic madness of Technet combined with the obscure Doctor Crocodile and the actual madness of Jamie Braddock doesn't give us a lot to hold on. In a large part, this book is more about cute, cool, and crazy moments than actual story, and that's especially true of this issue.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Excalibur's final jump this issue leaves them crashed somewhere and unconscious, but we'll pick up on that mid-story with next issue so i'll leave it to a separate entry.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAlistaire Stuart, Bodybag, Captain Britain, China Doll, Doctor Crocodile, Ferro^2, Gatecrasher, Jamie Braddock, Joyboy, Kura, Lockheed, Meggan, Nigel Frobisher, Nightcrawler, Numbers, Rachel Summers, Ringtoss, Scatterbrain, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Thug, Waxworks, Widget, Yap
I think that Gatecrasher might have had second thoughts if she knew what Jamie was- otherwise, why did Nigel lie to her?
Posted by: Michael | November 10, 2014 9:56 PM
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