Excalibur #6-7 (1989): Inferno

Rachel “Phoenix” Summers starts having telepathic nightmares about Nathan “Cable” Summers (they are siblings, after all), and Inferno, and rushes off the join the fray.  The rest of the team discuss whether to help, and express fears that her Phoenix powers are starting to corrupt her.

I think this is the first time there’s been an extended discussion about whether Rachel will be corrupted.

For some reason, the Excalibur team cross the Atlantic by boat not plane, and they have some character work and minor interactions with their shipmates, which is fun, before they get to NYC and join the Inferno battles.

Once there, the dark magic of Inferno goes wild with the team, leading to “genre” sequences–like the cheerleader horror film, above.  And Nightcrawler getting eaten by a garbage truck.

They’re not consequential, but they’re fun.  Nightcrawler has a scene in the 59th Street Forbidden Planet comic shop—the one in the Village was my spot.  I used to spend hours and hours there.

Meanwhile, the demon Crotus tries to marry Rachel Summers.

Of course, Excalibur ends up intact and back to normal by the end—and the stage is set for the teams’ “New York Adventures” next issue.

These issues feel like Chris Claremont was just having fun, extending the Inferno concepts way beyond where any other book took them.  In fact, that’s really the thesis of Excalibur in general: It’s an extreme comic.

Creators: Chris Claremont and Alan Davis
Grade: B-

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