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Review: Excalibur #13

Excalibur #13

In Excalibur #13, the “X of Swords” event is back in fetch quest mode, but writer Tini Howard, artist R.B. Silva, and colorist Nolan Woodard bring not one, but two swords to the party along with a lot of Braddock family drama. There’s betrayals, reversals, and it’s a merry old time like an Errol Flynn film with interdimensional doppelgangers and energy blasts. The rivalry between Betsy Braddock and Brian Braddock for the mantle of Captain Britain takes center stage in this issue, and Howard connects the role the Sword of Might plays in selecting a Captain Britain (If you pick it instead of the amulet, you’re too angry and impetuous for the position.) to the story of “X of Swords”. She and Silva show that even with Krakoa/the universe threatened, there is still time for petty disputes and self-doubt.

Other than the two opening issues (X of Swords: Creation, X-Factor #4) and Hellions, most of the chapters of “X of Swords” have followed a formula of a mutant taking possession of a sword that they’ll used to fight the Arakko aka Apocalypse’s kids and having to give up something or learn something about themselves in the issue (Or two for Wolverine) about their quest. Tini Howard and R.B. Silva adhere to this formula, but throw in an Otherworld twist and connect their story to the Captain Britain mythos as well as Opal Saturnyne’s machinations.

Whether or not you’ll like this comic depends on how invested you are in the Braddock family dynamic as well as the Captain Britain mythos in general even though Howard’s data pages do a decent job providing adequate background information on both the Captain Britain Corps and how one becomes Captain Britain. (It’s all a basically riff on the classic choice between Excalibur and its scabbard, which could protect the bearer from all wounds in some of the Arthurian legends.)

As she has done throughout her run on Excalibur, Howard does a wonderful job nailing the bickering sibling dynamic between Brian, Betsy, and Jamie Braddock. Before they end up swinging swords at members of the new Captain Britain Corps and hatching plots against Opal Saturnyne, Betsy and Brian spar a bit about the mantle of Captain Britain. Howard gives Brian a dry wit, and he makes some zingers about Betsy not even living in the U.K. as well as if she even wants the mantle. Betsy fires back with his hesitance to draw a sword even in a good cause like protecting the Earth from Arakko, and Brian’s relationship with combat and swords is a big throughline in Excalibur.

Excalibur #13

As far as art, R.B. Silva’s action scenes lack a sense of flow, but his facial expressions, cartooning, and use of grids help drive home the dynamic between the Braddocks with Jamie Braddock as a chaotic Omega mutant monarch wild card. He also gets a bit of visual comedy out of Betsy’s strategy to get the Starlight Sword from Saturnyne.

Nolan Woodard uses a pretty intense color palette whenever Betsy Braddock goes into action with her big-ass sword and contributes to the mystical vibe of everything. He also adds some interesting touches that make a Excalibur #13 richer storylike using a glowing, almost whiter-than-white color tone for Saturnyne that symbolizes that she is kind of above it all. Add Tini Howard’s foreboding narration for Betsy, and just like Ed Brisson and Rod Reis did with Douglas Ramsey in New Mutants #13, there’s a feeling that she might not make it out of the tournament despite her considerable skills.

I’m definitely on the fence as far as my opinion of Excalibur #13. It’s not my favorite issue of “X of Swords”, but it’s considerably better than, say Wolverine #6 and X-Force #13. Some highlights are Tini Howard and R.B. Silva’s portrayal of the relationship between Betsy, Brian, and Jamie Braddock as well as the legacy of the Captain Britain Corps, and Nolan Woodard’s heavy metal color palette. Some not-so-great parts are the battle between the Braddocks and the Excalibur doppelgangers even though the character designs are quite fun. It has all the trappings of a “mandatory fight scene”, and I felt less emotionally connected to it than when Betsy and Brian almost came to blows. With their deep personal connection to Otherworld, I’m interested to see how Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock) and the newly-minted Captain Avalon (Brian Braddock) fare in the “tournament” part of “X of Swords”.

Story: Tini Howard Art: RB Silva
Colors: Nolan Woodard Letters: Ariana Maher
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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The X-Men Clash with Mysterious New Foes this November in X of Swords

X of Swords, the massive X-Men crossover tying into each and every X-Men title, kicks off next month! By November, this sprawling story will reach a senses-shattering conclusion, and the covers for these exciting final chapters were unveiled today.

X of Swords will continue writer Jonathan Hickman’s grand vision for the X-Men that began last year in the hit series, House of X and Powers of X. Hickman and Excalibur writer Tini Howard join every current X-Men writer—Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala—to deliver the next great X-Men milestone. Featuring breathtaking art by Leinil Francis Yu, Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, Stefano Caselli, Joshua Cassara, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and more, X of Swords will be an unforgettable saga that will go alongside classic crossovers like The Mutant MassacreAge of Apocalypse, and Messiah Complex in X-Men history.

Amidst the dramatic battles and unbelievable twists, fans will get introduced to a host of new X-Men enemies when a mysterious group of swordbearers emerge from the land of Arakko. Get a closer look at these exciting new additions to the X-Men mythos in the newly revealed covers, including their enigmatic leader—a brand-new character who will send lasting shockwaves throughout the world of mutants.

X-MEN #14

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR & LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X of Swords, Chapter 12
The Lovers. A Garden. A chasm of secrets.

X-MEN #14

MARAUDERS #14

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X of Swords, Chapter 13
A toast. A dance. A dinner served: Part I

MARAUDERS #14

MARAUDERS #15

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X of Swords, Chapter 14
A toast. A dance. A dinner served: Part II

MARAUDERS #15

EXCALIBUR #14

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by PHIL NOTO
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X of Swords, Chapter 15
Two swords. Two cups. Two must answer.

EXCALIBUR #14

WOLVERINE #7

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY & GERRY DUGGAN
Art by JOSHUA CASSARA
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X of Sword, Chapter 16
Endurance. Survival. The true lesson of pain.

WOLVERINE #7

X-FORCE #14

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY & GERRY DUGGAN
Art by JOSHUA CASSARA
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X of Swords, Chapter 17
Chivalry gives way to fury. A knight must kneel.

X-FORCE #14

HELLIONS #6

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X of Swords, Chapter 18
Chaos. Deceit. A hero returns. 

HELLIONS #6

CABLE #6

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X of Swords, Chapter 19
A son. The stars. A Fool and his bravery.

CABLE #6

X-MEN #15

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X of Swords, Chapter 20
A great division. Bitter victories. Bitterer hearts.

X-MEN #15

EXCALIBUR #15

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art and Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X of Swords, Chapter 21
A game abandoned, but a great gamble remains. A Tower answers.

EXCALIBUR #15

X OF SWORDS: DESTRUCTION #1

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & TINI HOWARD
Art and Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X of Swords, Chapter 22
The wheel of fortune turns. The unfortunate fall. A sword against the darkness.

X OF SWORDS: DESTRUCTION #1

Preview: Excalibur #11

Excalibur #11

(W) Tini Howard (A) Marcus To (CA) Mahmud Asrar
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

BLOOD OF THE CHANGELING!
The Citadel has committed an act of war and Excalibur must respond. While they lick their wounds deep in Otherworld, Apocalypse takes steps toward his ultimate goal.

Excalibur #11

The X-Men Face Mysterious Challengers in X of Swords

X of Swords, the next great X-Men crossover, kicks off this September and rages on in October with Chapters 3-11. The mysterious group of swordbearers come from the land of Arakko, and the X-Men will have to draw swords of their own to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa. Arakko and its visitors are shrouded in mystery, and none more so than the group’s leader. While her identity remains classified, her story is sure to shock X-Men fans everywhere.

Spinning directly out of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men and Tini Howard’s Excalibur, X of Swords will be a massive mutant milestone that each X-Book will take part in. Every current X-Men writer— Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala— have come together to craft a modern epic that will go down in X-Men history! Joined by incredible artists like Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Viktor Bogdanovic, Matteo Lolli, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and Rod Reis, the dramatic battles in store for the X-Men will be unforgettable.

WOLVERINE #6

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X OF SWORDS, PART 3

Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.

WOLVERINE #6

X-FORCE #13

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X OF SWORDS, PART 4

Stealth. The power within. The burden of knowledge.

X-FORCE #13

MARAUDERS #13

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X OF SWORDS, PART 5

A secret flight. A long journey. A Thief and a Queen.

MARAUDERS #13

HELLIONS #5

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X OF SWORDS, PART 6

Desperation. Help from unexpected places. An advance into the unknown.

HELLIONS #5

NEW MUTANTS #13

Written by ED BRISSON
Art by ROD REIS
Cover BY MIKE DEL MUNDO

X OF SWORDS, PART 7

Diligence. Discipline. A sword of the self.

NEW MUTANTS #13

CABLE #5

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X OF SWORDS, PART 8

A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.

CABLE #5

EXCALIBUR #13

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art  by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X OF SWORDS, PART 9

Opposition. Despair. The dark night of the soul.

EXCALIBUR #13

X-MEN #13

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X OF SWORDS, PART 10

Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.

X-MEN #13

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X OF SWORDS, PART 11

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1
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