Issue(s): Excalibur #36
But don't worry. This isn't really a political issue and we are going to get into a very straightforward super-fight very soon. Silver Sable and the "Outlaws" show up at the Darkmoor facility because one of Brian's old supervisors, a Professor Walshe has stolen technology from the Symkarian government.
So that's the first part of the issue, a fight between the two teams.
And then Walshe turns out to be Arnim Zola! No wait! Just a faulty clone of Arnim Zola!
He's been using the stolen Symkarian tech to try to create a better energy source for the world, but it's failing, threatening to melt down and also creating silly monsters.
And, well, that's it, except for some budding romantic interest between Paladin and Rachel.
Stay away from him, Rachel. He is a player!
It's nice to see the "Outlaws" but it's not a particularly meaningful use of them.
If i cleared my mind of everything i know about Scott Lobdell and just focused on what i've seen from him in my project so far, which is mostly jokey stories in Marvel Comics Presents, my fear for this book would be that he would take the goofy elements and amplify them even further. Instead what we're getting are very generic super-hero stories. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I don't think there's any reason why Excalibur shouldn't be a real super-hero book and not a comedy book. Of course the stories should actually be good, and that's not quite the case here, but Lobdell is arguably just holding down the fort until Alan Davis returns with issue #42.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 264,991. Single issue closest to filing date = 197,000.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: A footnote confirms that this story takes place before Sandman joins the Avengers in Avengers #329.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): show
Note that Kitty and the Prowler discuss the possibIlity of using pneumatics to cure Kitty's phasing problems. This is interesting since Kitty's phasing problems disappear without explanation when Davis's run starts in issue 42. Maybe Kitty passed the idea along to Moira and Xavier after they were rescued and they cured her.
Posted by: Michael | September 10, 2015 7:54 PM
Wasn't Kitty cured of any problems during the Limbo adventure that teamed Excalibur up with the West Coast Avengers? I know Nightcrawler was accidentally cured by Doom. I thought Shadowcat was too; sort of a "reset" of dangling plot lines prior to Alan Davis returning to the title.
Posted by: Bill | September 10, 2015 8:28 PM
@Michael, i thought that was a joke!
Posted by: fnord12 | September 10, 2015 8:29 PM
OK, I found this on the old rec.arts.comics.xbooks group by a posted named Gary McElhaton dated 5/6/93:
Then, they asked to start with #37, because work on WOLVERINE:
Then, the dollar/pound rate dropped, and Paul Neary dropped out
1) Heal Nightcrawler
So, Scott Lobdell was signed on for #37-41 and told to do all
Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2015 12:01 AM
Thanks for that, Michael. Cool info.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 11, 2015 7:17 AM
Ditto, Michael. I love that sort of behind-the-scenes stuff.
At least with Kitty, my impression is that she was slowly healing anyway after "FF vs. X-Men" so she just got better and nobody made a big deal of her return to normal whenever it happened.
Posted by: ChrisW | September 13, 2015 2:49 PM
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