Excalibur #46-50 (1992)

The artist-half of the co-creators of this book returns to see if he can make it better.  He’s already done a few one-off issues, and now he tries his hand at a whole story.  Thematically, it’s consistent with the book’s title: A savage barbarian, wizards, and, as you can tell from the title, satire.  “Crisis of Infinite Identities” is Marvel’s multiverse comic’s way of taking on DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths—a maxi-series designed to make sense of all the alternate DC universes.  Excalibur, on the other hand, has always made maximum use out of enjoying the many permutations of alternate universes.  And because of that, I can’t tell if the Merlin that appears in these issues is the “real” Merlin from the 616 universe, but I’m tagging it anyway.

As the team travels through alternate knights-and-dragons worlds, Rachel Summers finds her Phoenix consciousness getting integrated and tested.

And there’s an anti-Phoenix.

And an X-Fantastic Four.

It’s fun and fine, but I just personally don’t like the ideas and overall silliness of this title.  It’s never really worked for me.

Creators: Alan Davis
Grade: C

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