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This comic has cheered me up this week, so I thought I'd share.

If you're new to Excalibur, check out this excellent intro post. I think, though, that most of us are familiar with this joyously cracktacular romp across the '80s. This issue is from the period when Alan Davis was both writing and drawing, and it resolves the "Nightcrawler loves Meggan" subplot that had been smouldering since issue 1. But the thing I love most about this comic is that it answers the question: What does an exploding toilet sound like if you're Alan Davis?
Of course it does.

We open with a spot of exercise:



But they get interrupted by a blithely innocent Meggan who swoops in to give Brian a good-morning kiss, and he stomps off downstairs to read his book.

At this point, however, Excalibur are sharing the lighthouse with former foes the Technet, and it's not going well. They crash Kitty's computer, eat her teddy bear, explode the toilet (see above), and helpfully install a "null-gravity elevator" that causes Brian to smash into the ceiling in mid-flight.

When the dust clears, this is the first thing he sees:


After some demurrals on Nightcrawler's part, it is determined that IT IS INDEED ON.


Nightcrawler lands roughly on some rocks, breaking his leg. Meggan intervenes to stop the fight, making the excellent point that "I'm not a thing-- no one can own me."




"... for anything you say may be taken down and used against you!"

And with that, Brian is placed under arrest and whisked off to another dimension to stand trial before the Captains Britain of all the other worlds and... I don't even know. Excalibur! Hurrah!

Date: 2011-01-05 02:01 am (UTC)
freezer: (Bummer)
From: [personal profile] freezer
*nostalgic sigh*

Date: 2011-01-05 02:44 am (UTC)
turtlefu: (Default)
From: [personal profile] turtlefu
Alan Davis is such an amazing artist. He truly is the a master of his craft.

Date: 2011-01-05 03:02 am (UTC)
auggie18: (Oh no)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
Wow, Nightcrawler reeeeeally wants to make out with a female version of himself.


Also, Rachel? Love you, but this is your worst hair ever. Alan Davis actually made the rat-tail work, but nothing could save the fire-mullet.

Date: 2011-01-05 05:08 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Gotta love that Davis art and the storytelling doesn't hurt either.

Date: 2011-01-05 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
This is the single issue that got me into comics, when I was twelve-ish. And the cover shot of Kitty warning off easily-offended Alpha Centaurians programmed my hormones for the next N years.

And eventually I was lucky enough to marry someone who looked exactly like her. Weird.

Anyways, I love this era's Brian Braddock. The way they treated his anger and alcohol issues as a disease--his friends understood, but they never excused. He seems like the template for what later writers wanted to do with Hank Pym.

Also Alan Davis' Nightcrawler is so David Bowie.
Edited Date: 2011-01-05 08:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-05 08:36 am (UTC)
kusonaga: (God)
From: [personal profile] kusonaga
Awesome stuff. Why can't we have this anymore?

Date: 2011-01-05 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
#42 is pretty cool, too. It has Hard-Boiled Henry. FLEE IN TERROR BEFORE HARD-BOILED HENRY!

Date: 2011-01-05 11:06 am (UTC)
tammy_moore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tammy_moore
Awesome as this entire moment is? It's the little details that are so perfect- Kurt's toes when Brian is strangling him, the fact Brian doesn't want to lose his place in the book just because he had to break off for a bit of throttling.

Date: 2011-01-05 11:18 am (UTC)
blackruzsa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blackruzsa

ALSO, that art is the epitome of great anatomy with amazing poses. I think the gymnastics dream bit was just showing off, or self-indulgence, just to show HOW DANG GOOD the artist is.

C: Man, wish I could draw like that.

Date: 2011-01-05 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] domino_blue
I never read Excalibur before but I have to say this is actually good and well written. For what it's worth a good comic stays a good comic and shows I usually like X-men spins offs better then the main series.

Date: 2011-01-05 08:52 pm (UTC)
salad_barbarian: It's Jet from Cowboy Bebop (Thinking)
From: [personal profile] salad_barbarian

Uh what the hell did Kurt do beyond have a dream and try to not get killed?

Granted dreaming and not wanting to die are typical traits of most men but I've never viewed them as negative before. o_0

Date: 2011-01-05 09:03 pm (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
I always enjoy Kurt's powers being used strategically against a more powerful opponent, it's one of those bits that never really gets old for me

Date: 2011-01-06 01:39 am (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
Okay so you know what I noticed just now that's actually kind of weird?

Is Kurt's like-himself dreamgirl has five fingers on each hand.

Like, that's what he gets all normative about?

Did he always want to date a blue, pointy-eared gal who could... also play the piano?

Date: 2011-01-06 03:40 am (UTC)
autumn_lily: yuki (gravitation)
From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
Oh Kurt, how I miss seeing your sexy, acrobatic, tailed behind in comics!

Date: 2011-01-06 04:48 am (UTC)
selke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selke
Ahh, I love classic Davis.

Date: 2011-01-06 05:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] generalfreedom
I loved this comic so much.

Wonderful, crazy stuff.


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