Synopsis: This month in Excalibur. Betsy, Brian, and King Jamie Braddock are called to the Starlight Citidal to decide the fate of the Captain Britain Corps.
Picking up from last month. Saturnyne has summoned Betsy, Brian, and King Jamie to the Starlight Citadel. Betsy believes it is to decide her fate as Captain Britain, but seemingly Saturnyne has a grander scheme. The game is afoot as Jamie and Betsy work together in secret to figure out Saturnyne’s plans. Meanwhile, King Jamie has to prove whether or not he can be trusted. As the fate of Captain Britain and the Corps could well depend on all members of the Braddock family working together.
R.B. Silva brings us some cracking artwork in this issue, which sees brother and sister dueling with swords in order to sell their sibling rivalry to Saturnyne who has a tantalizing offer for Brian. Betsy still holds the amulet, which is what allows her to be Captain Britain. Brian has chosen the sword, but will not draw it in anger because he is aware of its corrupting effects. The relationship between Betsy, Brian, and Jamie get a lot of exploration in this issue and Silva sells it brilliantly with some gorgeous imagery. There is a really nice shot of Brian and Betsy talking with each other, which is in silhouette and looks fantastic. I have nothing bad to say about the art in this issue. It is as close to perfect as you can get.
This was a fun issue of Excalibur, which used politics and intrigue really well as Saturnine tried to play the Braddocks off against each other in order to try and get Brian to be the main protector of the Citadel and thus guard the various gateways into other universes. Thankfully we didn’t get too much of apocalypse’s subtle plotting in this issue, but he does get referenced. I loved the descriptions within the book about the history of the various swords as well as the history of the Captain Britain Corps. It is a good way to include new readers into the story. Overall. A really fun issue.